Michael Sam

St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam stretches during the team’s NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy made headlines Monday when he told a Tampa newspaper he would not have drafted Michael Sam because of possible distractions associated with the NFL’s first openly gay player.

Dungy did his best to clarify his comments after the predictable backlash ensued. And on Tuesday, the press swarmed Sam after the first day of training camp to get a response.

“Thank God he wasn’t St. Louis Rams’ coach,” Sam said with a chuckle. “But I have a great respect for Dungy, and everyone in America is entitled to their own opinions.”

Sam wasn’t interested in remaining on the topic. Moments later, he cut off a reporter asking a follow-up question.

“I don’t really care what people are coming up and talking about,” Sam said. “My job is to make this team, that’s my number one priority.”

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