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Saban would 'expect dignity, respect' for gay players

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Saban said he would "expect everybody to be very respectful of what is private for most people." Saban said he would "expect everybody to be very respectful of what is private for most people."
SHOAL CREEK, AL -

Over the weekend, Michael Sam made NFL history by becoming the first openly gay football player to be drafted by a pro team.

Since Sam came out several months ago, reaction has been mixed in the usually-conservative sport. Several teammates and coaches at Missouri said they knew Sam was gay and had no issue with it.

Some questioned whether Sam's announcement would hurt his drafting chances, but the St. Louis Rams ended all question on the topic last weekend.

That led many folks to wonder how the same situation would play out in Tuscaloosa. Coach Nick Saban was asked for his thoughts Wednesday morning during his appearance at a Pro-Am golf tournament in Shoal Creek.

Saban said he holds his players to a certain standard, and he expects everyone to meet it – regardless of religion, sexual orientation or race.

"I just know how I would handle it. I could expect everybody to be very respectful of what is private for most people, and treat that person with dignity and respect," said Saban. "I can't speak for everybody, but that would be my expectation for the people that we control in our organization and on our team."

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