TL;DR Former NFL player who caused major distractions with an off-field incident makes Twitter argument why distraction argument about an NFL team drafting Michael Sam is bullshit.
He wrote this over 20 tweets, so it's easier to just write it out. But here's a link to his Twitter account all the same.
Herm Edwards posed a hypothetical question on ESPN RE: drafting Michael Sam, "Can (GM/owner/coach) handle the media ... with this situation?"
If any NFL team can't 'handle the media coverage' of drafting Sam, then your team is already a loser on the field... let me tell you why: There are a multitude of issues that can arise in the long duration of an NFL season... some on the field, some off the field. You won't have any idea what that on the field/off the field situation is until it's already upon you and the entire organization.
Which means that with drafting Michael Sam, you get a jump start on controlling the "media coverage" right from the onset. If an organization is inept to the magnitude of not being able to control things with prior knowledge, how will you handle the unexpected?
Case Study 1: The Miami Dolphins and the bullying scandal. Players talked more about THAT than they did football... for weeks! During that time I questioned (tweeted) why the Dolphins players were talking more about the scandal than their next opponent Since the bullying story broke, the Dolphins finished the season 4-4 with their playoff hopes still alive, [then] got spanked by division opponent, Jets, 20-7.
Case Study 2: The New England Patriots and Aaron Hernandez AND Tim Tebow situations. Beyond the state of shock I endured after the revelations of Hernandez, I knew that if ANY organization could handle this, it was the Pats. This all happened right before training camp where players are supposed to come in w/clear minds in preparation for a long, rigorous season.
Not only were there questions about Aaron, but also about the health of Gronkowski and how those two combined affected the team as a whole. Aaron is still awaiting trial & Gronk played in only 7 games this season but yet the Pats seemed to avoid those "distractions" altogether. Despite many season ending injuries to key pieces, the Pats finished 12-4 and lost to the Broncos in the AFC title with ... ZERO distractions.
Not to mention the whole Tebow signing and (alleged subsequent) distraction wasn't even a blip on most radars. Why? Because Mr. Kraft and Bill Belichick would not allow ANY of that to be a "distraction" to ANYONE in the entire organization.
"In my 10 years as an NFL player, I've played for six different teams and have been in every kind of locker room. Vet, young, mature, immature. The leaders of an NFL organization AND the locker room better be able to handle adversity that is certain to emerge during a long NFL season.
In my experience, if your organization can't "handle media coverage," they will suck on the field anyway. But hey, there's always 2015.
It's important to note, Donte Stallworth is well aware of being a "distraction" for a team. In 2009, he received a one-year suspension from the NFL after he reached a plea bargain for a DUI manslaughter. He played three more seasons after he was reinstated and was in training camp with Washington this season but was waived.