Paula Deen compares her comeback attempt to ‘that black football player who recently came out’
I never really thought of Paula Deen and Michael Sam having anything in common.
But apparently she does.
As she launches a comeback attempt after scandal, Paula is comparing her situation with that of Michael who hopes to become the NFL’s first openly gay player.
Paula tells People magazine in a story out today: ‘I feel like “embattled” or “disgraced” will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out.’
‘He said, “I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.”‘
She does not want to be known as a woman who once said the N-word.
As you know, Paula lost the bulk of her food empire last year after it was revealed in a lawsuit deposition that she had used a racial slur many years ago.
‘I’m fighting to get my name back,’ said Deen who was fired from Food Network and lost merchandise deals with such major chains as WalMart and Target.
Her comeback, Paula Deen Ventures, is being bankrolled to the tune of $75-$100 million by private equity firm Najafi Companies.
Sam, a University of Missouri grad who was his conference’s defensive player of the year, made his comments about wanting to be known as a football player during the NFL combine over the weekend.