Sports Anchor Dale Hansen Takes Jab at Homophobic Bigots, Says People Should Celebrate Differences [Video]
WFAA Sports Anchor Dale Hansen is the talk of the Internet, and not for breaking a big sports story. No, Hansen was just compassionate. That's it.
In a segment called 'Hansen Unplugged: Celebrating Our Differences,' Hansen provided a thoughtful, rational take on college football star and NFL prospect Michael Sam coming out as gay this week. Sam would be the first openly gay NFL player should he be drafted.
Hansen defended the celebration of people's differences, yes, but also took a strong shot at football culture, specifically as it exists in the NFL:
You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs, pulling her hair out by the roots? You're the fourth guy taken in the NFL draft. You kill people while driving drunk? That guy's welcome. Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they're welcome. Players accused of rape and pay the woman to go away? You lie to police, trying to cover up a murder? We're comfortable with that. You love another man, well, now you've gone too far.
Hansen told The Huffington Post that he "honestly didn't think it was going to be that big a deal" and stood by his commentary, adding: "Seems like common sense to me -- nothing more or less."