College Football Star Michael Sam: 'I'm an Openly, Proud Gay Man'

A University of Missouri star projected to be drafted into the NFL looks set to become the first publicly gay pro football player.
All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam said he told his teammates and coaches last year, “I’m gay," according to interviews with The New York Times and on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” program on Sunday.

“I am an openly, proud gay man,” Sam told ESPN.
He recounted telling his teammates at Missouri at a preseason practice. “I looked in their eyes, and they just started shaking their heads — like, finally, he came out,” he told The New York Times.
The 6-foot-2, 260-pound senior was the defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference, widely regarded as the top league in college football. He is projected to be a high draft pick in May’s NFL draft.
“I understand how big this is," Sam told ESPN. “It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be… I want to be a football player in the NFL.”

So, if we’re all supposed to be so tolerant of anyone’s sexual “orientation”, why in the world should we care and why would he bother telling us all about it? IOW, why should anyone care, if this is how we’re all supposed to react?

This is simply another effort to normalize sexual relations outside of marriage so that those of us who object will be painted as the bad guys if we dare to say anything considered negative by the liberal left who are determined to destroy the traditional family. And why do that want to do that? To make our children their patsies, who will be too scared to say anything that isn’t politically correct, and so keep the liberal left firmly in power so they can push their socialistic agenda.

You know what this is? It’s called political job hiring pressure.

What do you think the NFL is going to do? Not pick him (because of any one of a range of reasons, including his actual skill in the game) just to be ripped to shreds by the media for “homophobia” and “discrimination”?

This guy is smart. He knows that if he latches on to the current political fad, he’ll get whatever he wants. No company is so stupid that it’ll bring such attention to itself by rejecting a person who has publicly declared himself part of a protected class: homosexuals.

Maybe it’s as simple as he’s tired of living a lie?



I’m an open proud heterosexual. Now give me a job as a multimillionaire, and prove you’re not a heterophobe, said no one ever, though many have thought it today.

I’m guessing that part of this is just an attempt to get the bigots to crawl out of their caves right away, just to get it over with. When you’re an NFL player, you live in the public eye to some extent. He’s revealed this about himself, so now he doesn’t have to live with the constant fear of being discovered.

Of course, he still has to live in fear of being taunted, harassed, beaten, etc. But since the U.S. isn’t Russia yet, at least he will have the full protection of the law.

Right, it’s pretty clear to me at least. I don’t see where the confusion comes in here.

Well, if telling the world makes him feel better. good for him.

And I’m not being sarcastic.

There’s no reason for hoopla surrounding this.

Give credit to where credit is due. They (the homosexualists) believe their viewpoint is right and that everyone should be converted to their way of seeing the world. They use any and all means to get that message across. They see their opponents as enemies to be converted or at least defeated for the sake of future generations, not brothers and sisters to endlessly (and fruitlessly) dialog with. They work to usher in what they see as paradise on Earth. In a nutshell, they are willing to Evangelize.

Why aren’t we?

I think you are confusing 2014 with 1974. When someone “came out” then they did have to live in fear of taunting and beatings. Those that “come out” today are heralded as heroes and receive calls from the President.

Good point. Think of the U.S. sports scene without Jackie Robinson, for example. At some point, someone has to stand up and say “enough is enough!” It’s just a shame that trailblazers tend to suffer so much for it. Putting your neck on the line, whether it’s something like this or sharing the faith, it takes a tremendous amount of guts.

You beat me to it! :mad: :stuck_out_tongue:

Hurray for him. Can the rest us get on with our lives now?

:thumbsup: Last night’s news cast had two separate pieces on this guy and his “brave” decision.

The published scouting reports before this announcement had expressed concern about his ability to transition to the NFL. Now, if the team he wants doesn’t pick him, he can claim it was because he was “gay”.

Not exactly what I was saying. :shrug:

Right on Della. I am sooooo tired of Gay’s thinking we all need to know what there sexual orientation is.

You’re trying to paint this as some kind of selfish act? I don’t think you’re grasping all of the facts. I follow the NFL, so let me put this in perspective:

First, no player has ever played in the NFL while people knew that he was homosexual. It’s never happened. Tens of thousands of men and it’s never happened. So this is obviously a league that has a major problem with homosexuals, as they have all chosen to exist in hiding.

What really just happened is that he opened himself up to a heck of a lot of bullying, taunting, etc. This forum is not fond of homosexuals for obvious reasons, but we may actually be “soft” on homosexuals compared to some evangelical groups out there. Yes, he will receive some acclaim. But he will also be targeted mercilessly for this.

He’s a projected 3rd-4th round pick, so before this happened there was a 100% chance that he was going to play in the league next year. He will still play, but he just lost a few million dollars by putting this out there. Who wants the locker room chaos that will be generated by having a homosexual player on a team that has at least a handful of evangelical Christians? Who wants the locker room chaos that will come from the media circus that this player’s decision will generate? Some teams will avoid him completely, others will let him drop further and further down in the draft before taking a chance.

So basically, unless he’s banking on a lengthy lawsuit or some kind of ‘pro-gay’ endorsement deal, he’s just lost millions of dollars this way.

So why do you think he admitted it? For fun and giggles?

He was open about it in college where he was fully accepted, so why does he have to make an announcement now? Sorry, I can’t buy that explanation.

And no team would dare use his sexuality as an excuse to pay him less because the media would be all over it. No, this guy is going to be petted and vetted for his “brave” decision to come out. He’s not going to suffer for it–just the opposite–he’s going to be richly rewarded.


The brave people are the ones who admit to living a chaste life, whether SSA or heterosexual.

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