Dale Hansen, a TV anchor for Dallas’ WFAA Channel 8, garnered national attention this week when he shot down NFL executives who said Michael Sam’s coming out would damage his chances of getting drafted into pro football.
In his commentary, Hansen made an excellent point:
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!
Ellen DeGeneres invited Hansen onto her show today to congratulate him on standing up for equality—and thanked him for coming on such short notice. “It wasn’t like I was gonna turn down maybe the greatest thing that’s happened to me in my life,” Hansen wittily replied.