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Ross shows support for Michael Sam

Dolphins owner issues statement

DAVIE, Fla. – Dolphins owner Stephen Ross released a statement on Wednesday showing support for draft prospect Michael Sam.

Sunday night the former Missouri defensive end said that he is gay.

Ross said, "Michael Sam's announcement is a significant step in sports and I respect the choice that he made publicly.  His announcement will have no bearing either way on our evaluation of him as a player.  Dennis Hickey, Joe Philbin, and I all agree on the same thing; we'll draft the best players that can help us win football games, have high character and contribute to the community.  If he is a member of our organization, Michael will be welcomed here with open arms as part of our family."