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The NFL Draft will take place this weekend, beginning tonight, and there has been a lot of speculation about which team, if any, will draft gay defensive end Michael Sam.

If Sam does get drafted, the team that picks him will get to look forward to dealing with Washington, DC lobbyist Jack Burkman who, as part of his campaign to pass legislation that would ban openly gay players from playing in the NFL, is vowing to unleash a “relentness” boycott against the team that drafts him.

Burkman says that he has a “coalition of Evangelical Christian leaders from across the nation” ready to go as soon as Sam is drafted who will teach the NFL that “when you trample the Christian community and Christian values, there will be a terrible financial price to pay”:

Jack Burkman, head of the Washington, D.C. lobbying firm J.M. Burkman & Assoc. who is seeking to ban gays from the NFL, says he intends to build a national coalition to boycott any football franchise that picks openly gay football player Michael Sam in the NFL Draft, which starts Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

In a release issued Thursday, Burkman said he would “leverage his political clout” to ensure that the franchise that selects the 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive end from Missouri would get “roughed up financially.”

“We shall exercise our First Amendment rights and shall not stop until the drafting NFL franchise cannot sell a single ticket, jersey or autographed football,” said Burkman. “In short, we shall be relentless.”

Burkman claims in the release that he is currently mobilizing “powerful grassroots organizations in 27 of the 50 states,” as well as a “coalition of Evangelical Christian leaders from across the nation to take part in a protest if Sam is drafted.”

“The NFL, like most of the rest of American business, is about to learn that when you trample the Christian community and Christian values there will be a terrible financial price to pay,” said Burkman.

 

Get over it, Jack Burkman! Michael Sam (whether he is drafted or not) will hopefully be a good player down the road. 

h/t: Kyla Mantyla at RWW

This is an excerpt from the commentary:

Michael Sam would be the first openly gay player in the NFL; says he knows there will be problems… and they’ve already started.

Several NFL officials are telling Sports Illustrated it will hurt him on draft day because a gay player wouldn’t be welcome in an NFL locker room. It would be uncomfortable, because that’s a man’s world.

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!

More: WFAA.com

From the 02.10.2014 edition of WFAA’s News 8 at 10:

While watching the pre NFL draft show, I may or may not have startled my child while wildly yelling as Kyle Fuller was announced as a top NFL draft pick. GO HOKIES!!!! Only thing that would make it better is if the Ravens draft him :)

Oh…and he was announced before Johnny Manziel - suck it Johnny football!

It is probably too soon to be definitive as to whether any of the 2014 NFL draft picks are busts, but for some the evidence doesn’t look great. Rightly or wrongly, the window for acclimation for these rookies is very small. In particular if you are a high draft pick, the expectation is that you will be ready to play at a high level sooner rather than later.

Obviously this varies by team, but as we’ve seen in recent years, every team is hoping to get a quick turnaround from their investment when it comes to high draft picks. This was certainly the case for the 2014 NFL draft. Teams reach for prospects to fill needs and overlook concerns with talent, and when the experiment doesn’t work, the player looks like a bust.

You can’t blame the player for being a bust. They don’t get to pick where they are drafted. Sometimes these guys are selected too soon, pushed into starting roles too soon or wedged into poor scheme fits. Here are the five guys from the 2014 NFL draft that are on the verge of being busts if they can’t turn things around this year.

At player data and stats courtesy of NFL.com.

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