I was chatting with an Army friend of mine today about Michael Sam and if he thought Sam’s sexuality would be a “distraction” to a NFL team based on his experience with the military’s policy of allowing openly gay soldiers to serve. His response:
From my perspective as a senior officer with multiple deployments, there’s been zero fallout. None. It’s a non-issue in the military in my experience.
If a gay soldier in combat isn’t a distraction to his non-gay comrades, why should a gay player be a distraction to his non-gay teammates?