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Letter to the editor

Re: Out on the field (Express, Feb. 25)

My name is Dannie Walker, head football coach at Sacramento City College. I am writing a personal statement to clarify the lack of accuracy in a story a student reporter published in the Sac City Express Volume 98 Issue 8. The article was in regards to openly gay athletes in sports and, more specifically, former University of Missouri football player Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay.

I am disheartened that what I said to the student reporter was not accurately published in the article, and he failed to write any positive comments I gave him. The student reported that I refused to comment on whether my program is accepting of openly gay athletes, quoting me as saying “It’s really not something I want to talk about.” This is simply incorrect. I did, in fact, comment, but clearly not to the student reporters’ satisfaction.

When asked about Michael Sam’s decision to announce his sexual preference to America, I stated, “I am happy he did that.”