But Sam, speaking at an event billed as “Courageous Conversation with Michael Sam” and offering his first public remarks about Gruden’s emails, said, “So it almost seems like you know how the whole team would rally around (Nassib), but again, it almost seems like it was just for show. So are you really a part of it, or are you not?
“It’s moving in that direction (of acceptance), so if you’re not a part of it, you need to find another profession.’’
Nassib was excused from team activities by the Raiders on Wednesday after he requested a personal day, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said.
Sam, who played at Missouri and was the named the SEC co-defensive player of the year in 2013, said there are closeted gay players in the NFL.
“I know guys who are struggling in the NFL and not able to come (out),’’ he said.
Asked how he hoped the NFL would respond to Gruden’s emails, Sam replied, “They will definitely crack down on bigotry like that.’’