Paula Deen’s comeback is off on a rough start because of her questionable new comments on Michael Sam, a top NFL prospect who recently announced he’s gay. If and when he’s drafted, the University of Missouri student will be the first openly gay professional football player.
“I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out,” Paula told People, as reported by The Wrap. “He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.”
Since Paula’s comment was publicized, general reactions haven’t been positive.
“Apparently not only does she like the taste of full sticks of butter in her mouth, she clearly enjoys her own foot,” one person wrote online.
“I’m curious if it was a white football player who came out, she’d feel the need to mention his race in her comparison,” another mused. Others commented Paula should have learned Michael Sam’s name before making the comparison.
Interestingly, Paula told the People reporter she’s more guarded than before the racism controversy erupted last summer.
“She thinks twice before telling a joke,” the People reporter said. “She doesn’t just spit out exactly what’s on her mind. She really does think about it, because she understands that words can hurt people, and she never intentionally means to hurt anybody.”