NEWARK – The New York Jets have responded (145k PDF) to an ACLU-NJ letter about employment discrimination by reaffirming its commitment to equality and welcoming anyone who can contribute to the team’s success on and off the field.

“In that regard, we wish Michael Sam, and every other draft-eligible player, all the best as they attempt to pursue their dream of playing in the NFL,” wrote Hymie Elhai, Vice President, Business Affairs & General Counsel for the New York Jets, who are based in New Jersey.

The ACLU-NJ sent a letter to the Giants, Jets and NFL on Feb. 12, to remind them that they must comply with the state’s Law Against Discrimination when it comes to drafting players.

The ACLU-NJ letter was sent in response to Sam’s revelation that he is gay. Sam, a top NFL prospect from the University of Missouri, may be the first openly gay player in the NFL. One news outlet,, quoted general managers anonymously saying they would not draft Sam because he is gay.

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