Mike Pesca and Mike Francesa Debate Whether Michael Sam Is a “Distraction”

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July 30 2014 1:34 PM

Mike and Mike on Michael Sam

Mike Pesca and Mike Francesa debate whether the openly gay NFL player is a “distraction.”

Michael Sam.
EARTH CITY, MO - MAY 13: St. Louis Rams draft pick Michael Sam addresses the media during a press conference at Rams Park on May 13, 2014 in Earth City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Last week, former NFL coach Tony Dungy said he wouldn’t have drafted Michael Sam—not “because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.” Sports radio yakker Mike Francesa defended Dungy against charges of homophobia, saying that the coach’s detractors were, among other things, “dumb.” On this week’s episode of Hang Up and Listen, Mike Pesca debated Francesa on this topic, playing the role of … Mike Francesa.

To hear the Francesa-on-Francesa action, click on the video above. And to hear more Mike Pesca, subscribe to Hang Up and Listen and his daily podcast “The Gistin iTunes.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.