Cameron Weiss, Agent for Michael Sam: "I've Been Positively Surprised"

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On what segment of the populace has surprised him with his reaction:

"I think I've been positively surprised by all of it. I knew there were going to be a lot of people who I thought would embrace [Sam's decision]. I guess I thought there would be more people on the other side of the fence. So far the only negatives have come from anonymous sources, who for all I know could be some guy walking down the street. Everything I've seen has been a pleasant surprise, it says a lot about the league, and a lot about our country as a whole."

On marketing opportunities for Sam:

"I'm not gonna lie, my phone's been ringing off the hook. My partner Joe's phone [Joe Barkett] has been ringing off the hook. We're going to be strategic about this with Mike, because we don't want to create a situation where it seems like he's exploiting [his announcement], because that's just not the case. Mike told this to the world because he is who he is, he wanted to tell the story his way, and frankly as far as we're concerned that was the only goal here."

On Sam's wild draft stock fluctuation after his announcement:

"To give you guys some perspective, the last seven SEC Defensive Players of the Year have all gone in the first round, so it would be a story unto itself if he didn't go in the first round. The ability is clearly there. If there is some fall down the draft board, minus him falling short in the combine and his pro day, I think people would look at that skeptically."

On people suspecting that Sam was gay before the announcement:

"It's very valid, I was asked directly about it and indirectly about it, so it was known and it wasn't just among the scouts, it was among others close to the game, like reporters. It was circulating out there. We weren't trying to beat anyone to the punch, but at the same time, I think every human being deserves to talk about their life on their terms and that's why we did what we did."

On what the ideal situation is for Michael Sam:

"The ideal situation for Michael Sam is to go to a team that is embracing him, to a locker room that is ready for this, and for him to just go play football."

On Bible Belt cities being averse to Sam:

"I don't buy that. Atlanta is in the middle of the Bible Belt and they've been one of the most interested teams in him. Likewise, New Orleans has been interested in him. Those are great landing spots for him. Whatever team selects Michael, they're doing it because they're ready for him and wanting to embrace him and the situation."

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The bottom line is free agency and the salary cap make it tough for teams to retain talent, so a potential star player is going to get evaluated without much concern about being gay or whatever.

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