Michael Sam Sr. says his comments about his son being gay were taken out of context and don't represent his true beliefs.
He added: "I'm old school. I'm a man-and-a-woman type of guy."
And that Hall of Famer
Sam's son, Michael Sam Jr., a star defensive player for Missouri, announced earlier this week that he is gay, becoming the first openly gay player to be in the
Late Wednesday, Sam Sr. told KDAF-TV in Dallas that the New York Times got it all wrong.
"He's a good football player, first of all -- and that's all that matters. I love my son. It was on the phone and I was just being talkative and they took the words and twisted them," he said.
Sam Sr. said his son read the comments and his reaction was "Hurt -- hurt that I said that.
"I did not say those things -- the way they came out. To my son, you're trying to hurt him or cause chaos, a wedge between me and him will not happen."