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WATCH: Texas Sports Anchor Delivers Jaw-droppingly Honest Speech on Michael Sam and Homophobia in the NFL

“I'm not always comfortable when a man tells me he's gay; I don't understand his world, but I do understand that he's part of mine.”

The latest public figure to weigh in on football player Michael Sam’s decision to come out as the first gay player in the NFL is creating waves on social media.

On Monday, Texas (yes, Texas) Sports Anchor Dale Hanson, delivered an epic speech which has been hailed by some and criticized by others in a two-minute segment, “Hansen Unplugged: Celebrating our Differences."

Hansen opened up with utter sarcasm about how the best defensive player in football’s best conference is only a third to fifth-round NFL pick.

“Really? That is shocking! And I guess that other thing is too,” he joked, before taking a stab at the hypocritical, football culture in which society is immersed:

“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!

Hansen added “I'm not always comfortable when a man tells me he's gay; I don't understand his world, but I do understand that he's part of mine.”

Watch Hanson’s epic speech:

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