#No Class: Haters Attack Tony Dungy's Late Son

#No Class: Haters Attack Tony Dungy's Late Son

What does Tony Dungy’s late son have to do with the Super Bowl-winning coach’s admission that he would have passed on openly-gay pass rusher Michael Sam in the draft? Everything, according to those lurking in the darkest recesses of the Twitterverse.

“The late night call was totally unexpected,” Lauren Dungy writes in Uncommon Marriage: Learning about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life’s Obstacles Together regarding the Christmastime 2005 suicide of her and Tony Dungy’s son. “This was our precious, tender-hearted Jamie, the most compassionate and loving of our children. The Jamie who was always befriending those without a friend–kids of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds; not just tall, athletic, confident types like him. This was the child who brought home lost animals of every variety. This was the boy, so like my dad, who never met a stranger.”

Almost a decade after his child’s passing, Tony Dungy’s detractors rub raw the wound. For opining that Sam brought too much distraction to justify drafting, Dungy is painfully discovering just how loud of a circus surrounds the Rams player.

If you can’t say something nice about someone, say it on Twitter. From the people who brought you such deep thoughts as “Having a bad hair day” and “Cats r so cute” comes the unintentionally ironic effort to condemn hatred in 140 characters or less by embodying it. In the twentieth century, these people scribbled on bathroom walls.

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