DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Delray Beach-based sports agent Daniel Rose has seen first hand how Michael Sam has been treated leading up to May's NFL draft.
He says coaches, scouts and owners already knew Sam was gay before he publicly came out Sunday night. He doesn't think the fact Sam is openly gay will hurt his NFL future.
"He seems like is a good character," Rose says. "There is nothing that I've seen that he's been treated differently because of his sexuality."
Rose has represented several NFL players including Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jeff Demps.
Rose thinks the NFL is ready for its first openly gay player, partly because gay players already exist in the league.
"If anyone thinks there are no gay players in the NFL, they're joking themselves, fooling themselves. There are. It hasn't been an issue in any locker room that I know of," Rose said.
Rose says whichever team drafts Sam, it will be for what he can do on the field, not what he does off of it.
The NFL draft begins on May 8.