McCarthy asked about gay DE Sam

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy speaks to the media on Monday, February 10, 2014. (WLUK)
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy speaks to the media on Monday, February 10, 2014. (WLUK)

GREEN BAY – Packers head coach Mike McCarthy spoke Monday about Michael Sam, the former Missouri defensive end who announced publicly that he was gay on Sunday.

“I think you definitely have to feel that he’s a courageous young man, but my understanding is that he’s a talented player,” McCarthy said. “We’ve always from day one talked about our program and our culture. Ted and I are going through the draft process right now, and at the end of the day it comes down to good football players. Any player that can come here and be a good teammate, follow the rules of our program which is one, be respectful and produce on the football field, we’ve got room for that guy.”

Sam told multiple media outlets on Sunday that he was gay. He said he told his teammates in August of 2013 before his senior season at Missouri.

McCarthy spoke to the media during availability for the Packers assistant coaches.

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