The father of defensive end Michael Sam said in a Galveston (Texas) Daily News story that he was misquoted in a New York Times article that portrayed him as being unsupportive of his son's decision to publicly announce that he is gay.
"My son did the right thing, and I am not against him at all. He has made a great statement in coming out, and that he should be able to play in the NFL. I love him unconditionally," Sam Sr. said in the Galveston Daily News, according to CBSSports.com. "Once he gets on the field and hits (someone) once, they won't think he's gay."
The New York Times quotes Michel Sam Sr. as saying he didn't want his "grandkids raised in that kind of environment" and that he was an "old school... man-and-a-woman type of guy."
In the Galveston Daily News article, the elder Sam said he was "terribly misquoted" by the New York Times, which he claims also took some of his comments out of context.
"I did not say anything about my grandkids," said Sam Sr., who also denies saying he is a 'man-and-woman type of guy.'
Sam Sr. did not like the way the New York Times portrayed his quote saying that NFL Hall of Famer Deacon Jones is probably "turning over in his grave" because of the younger Sam's announcement. Sam Sr. said he wanted the comment to reflect positively on his son.
"I told them that Deacon Jones is going to roll over in his grave because here comes my son and that he's going to be a star in the NFL," Sam Sr. said.
Despite Sam Sr.'s allegations, New York York Times sports editor Jason Stallman sent an email to the Daily News saying the New York Times stands by its story.