Michael Sam Sr. says the New York Times read him all wrong and took his words out of context in a Tuesday interview, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Sam Sr. was portrayed as critical about his son's admission that he's gay. He was quoted in the article saying, "I'm old school. I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy" and that he didn't want his grandkids raised in "that kind of environment."
But now Michael Sam's father is saying that the way he was quoted was not representative of his true beliefs. "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 told KDAF-TV in Dallas.
Sam Sr. said his son was "hurt" by his words.
"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," he said.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times.