Dale Hansen is an old timer who has been doing local news in Dallas since the 80s, but on Monday, he became an overnight sensation for the rest of the country — in fact, he’ll be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday.
The 65-year-old delivered a commentary supporting Michael Sam, the presumed top NFL draft pick who publicly announced that he is gay on Sunday.
Dale’s eloquent words are going viral faster than a Kim Kardashian selfie.
And, that’s saying something because the sportscaster doesn’t even Twitter, Facebook or Instagram accounts. He does however have more than 2.3 million views on YouTube.
You need to check out his entire commentary here because it is so powerful, but here’s an excerpt:
“Michael Sam would be the first openly gay player in the NFL, says he knows there will be problems… and they’ve already started.
“Several NFL officials are telling Sports Illustrated it will hurt him on draft day because a gay player wouldn’t be welcome in an NFL locker room. It would be uncomfortable, because that’s a man’s world.
“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! It wasn’t that long ago when we were being told that black players couldn’t play in ‘our’ games because it would be ‘uncomfortable.’ ”
Dale told the Dallas Morning News he was stunned with the reaction, but speculated, “They see a big, fat, old guy from Dallas, Texas, and they thought they knew what the redneck was going to say. I guess they were wrong.”