Jeff Fisher, former NFL coach, is suing after an email in which he was accused of being pressured to draft Michael Sam.
Sam was the first openly homosexual player to be drafted by the NFL.
The New York TimesAccording to reports, Jon Gruden, who was at the time working for ESPN, stated that Fisher succumbed to pressure and drafted Sam.
According to the New York Times Gruden used a homophobic word to reference Sam in his email.
In a statementFisher, at the time the coach of St. Louis Rams, pointed out that Sam was the SEC’s Co-Defensive Player Of The Year in 2013.
“We selected him in the 2014 NFL Draft based on his defensive production and pass rushing skill set on the field,” Fisher said.
Fisher added that a player’s sexual orientation “would never” have played a part in the decision to draft a player.
Fisher also thanked Sam for coming out.
“It took courage to serve as a role model for those competitive football players who may also happen to be gay,” Fisher said.
Gruden was fired as Raiders head coach after The New York Times exposed the contents of emails.
He made an apology, stating that he did not mean to hurt anyone.