Openly Gay Michael Sam

  • metta

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    Feb 10, 2014 1:18 AM GMT
    Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from Missouri Tigers and the Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player of the Year, said that he is gay in interviews with ESPN's "Outside the Lines" and the New York Times on Sunday.

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    http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/10429030/michael-sam-missouri-tigers-says-gay
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    Feb 10, 2014 2:38 AM GMT
    Also, props to his top-notch teammates and fellow UM students, respecting his privacy instead of running around trying to publicly "out" him to whoever would listen.
  • DCEric

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    Feb 10, 2014 2:40 AM GMT
    Let's hope the NFL draft treats him like any other player.
  • a303guy

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    Feb 10, 2014 2:47 AM GMT
    DCEric saidLet's hope the NFL draft treats him like any other player.


    That right there will be the real news. That Michael Sam came out is terrific, but the NFL's rhetoric "that anyone who plays well deserves a chance" will be fascinating to watch play out during the draft.

    If nothing else, there will be more attention paid to the draft by parties that up till now couldn't have given a rat's ass about it. That could be good for the sport. Or maybe not....
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Feb 10, 2014 2:57 AM GMT
    A friend of mine from the St. Louis area, and a Mizzou grad, told me about this earlier tonight. Great news!

    I understand he's projected to be a third round draft pick this spring, so....the Bucs and Jags have a shot at getting this guy!
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    Feb 10, 2014 3:20 AM GMT
    Great must-read writeup from Outsports on the prep leading up to the announcement: "The Eagle Has Landed"

    http://www.outsports.com/2014/2/9/5396036/michael-sam-gay-football-player-missouri-nfl-draft
  • waccamatt

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    Feb 10, 2014 3:32 AM GMT
    Not only is he a football player, but he was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a first team All-American.
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    Feb 10, 2014 6:35 AM GMT
    While people feel to make a big deal about anthers sexuality, it is always going to be an issue. But then I'm also secure within myself about my sexuality and have been from a young age, and in the 1960s we did not have gay roll models either, and that never hurt me.
  • metta

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    Feb 10, 2014 7:20 AM GMT
    The official statement tonight from the NFL about Michael Sam coming out of the closet:

    "We admire Michael Sam's honesty and courage. Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014."


    http://www.outsports.com/2014/2/9/5395570/michael-sam-gay-nfl-draft-missouri-coming-out
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Feb 10, 2014 1:13 PM GMT
    Michael Sam is the best gay man to come out of MU since me!

    And this from the NY Times
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/sports/michael-sam-college-football-star-says-he-is-gay-ahead-of-nfl-draft.html

    Note that he came out to his team in the Pre-Season this year months before coming out publicly and no one on the team cared and no talked!!!

    Instead some of teammates went with him to St. Louis Pride and others accompanied him to gay bars. Bravo MIZZOU Football Coach Gary Pinkel for dealing with it with respect. This article tells how the university provided for a locker room culture change; a culture change that would not have happened if Michael Sam had hid his sexuality.

    YEAH!!!!!!!!

  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Feb 10, 2014 1:21 PM GMT
    Now waiting for MU Swim team member ex-boyfriend pics ... those will be all over the place before the end of the day.

    Which one of these hotties is it????
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  • helloandgoodb...

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    Feb 10, 2014 1:38 PM GMT
    the straight sports threads are full hate talk. "gay belongs in the theatre, not the NFL" "no other players will want to be in the locker room with him" "he's just looking to sue if he does not get drafted" "he should keep it to himself" blah blah blah. 99.9% miss the point that we was already an out gay man to his team and friends. To NOT speak up early would be distracting as rumors and chatter would be all around. He wants everyone to know before they draft him so he ends up at a team that is OK with that. A bold, logical approach vs getting drafted and then cutting cut by homophobic team. He wants to play somewhere he is wanted.
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    Feb 10, 2014 1:49 PM GMT
    Kinda cool on the linebacker end to have a name like "Mike" "Sam" (+1 if you know what I'm talking about). Only thing that would make it better would be if his middle name was "William" ("Will").

    Draft projection for Sam is 3rd-5th Round as an edge-rushing OLB-DE. This was an updated review from a respected draft site following his Senior Bowl performance (and, like most reviews, pre-coming out):

    http://walterfootball.com/draft2014OLB.php

    Walter Football2/8/14: Sam was a breakout performer for Missouri in 2013 with 11.5 sacks. He also recorded 48 tackles with 19 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and two passes broken up. Sam returned a fumble for a touchdown in the Tigers' upset win over Georgia. He dominated with three-sack games against Arkansas State, Vanderbilt and Florida. Sam was shut down by Tennessee's tough offensive line, and Auburn ran over him in the SEC Championship. He should move to outside linebacker in the NFL, but could be a situational defensive end in obvious passing downs. Sam had a mixed week at the Senior Bowl.

    Sam recorded 22 tackles with 4.5 sacks, seven tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles in 2012. As a sophomore, he had 1.5 sacks. That was slightly less than the 3.5 sacks from his freshman season. For the NFL, Sam would probably fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker.


    I was interested in where the previous SEC Defensive Players of the Year got drafted. I believe all were first or second rounders:

    * 1986 - OLB Cornelius Bennett, Alabama (Overall Conference Player of the Year); 6'3", 240 lbs.; 1st Round, 2nd overall pick (Colts, traded to Bills); 3x NFL All-Pro; 5x Pro Bowler; 2x AFC Defensive Player of the Year

    ((SEC split up conference player of the year awards by offense and defense in 2003))

    * 2004 - OLB/DE David Pollack, Georgia; 6'2", 255 lbs.; 1st Round, 17th overall pick (Bengals); neck injury ended career during rookie season

    * 2005 - MLB DeMeco Ryans, Alabama; 6'1", 247 lbs.; 2nd Round, 33rd overall pick (Texans); NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year; 2x Pro Bowler

    * 2006 ILB Patrick Willis, Mississippi; 6'1", 240 lbs.; 1st Round, 11th overall pick (49ers); 5x NFL All-Pro 1st Team; 7x Pro Bowler; NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

    * 2009 MLB Rolando McClain, Alabama; 6'4", 259 lbs.; 1st Round, 8th overall pick (Raiders); off-field crimes derailed career

    * 2012 OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia; 6'2", 245 lbs.; 1st Round, 17th overall pick (Steelers); rotating 2nd-stringer

    * 2013 OLB C.J. Mosley, Alabama (co-award winner); 6'2", 238 lbs.; projected mid-1st Round in 2014 NFL Draft

    * 2013 OLB/DE Michael Sam, Missouri (co-award winner); 6'1"-6'2", 255-260 lbs; projected 3rd-to-5th Rounds in NFL Draft

    There was talk during the Senior Bowl last week that his "size" (as a player shifting to linebacker from defensive end) is what is working against him. But, matched up solely against this award-winning peer sample, I don't see how size is really a problem. I guess he could shed some pounds, maybe? Mosley's advantage was he played LB primarily at Alabama, while Sam played DE at Mizzou.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcsouth/post/_/id/54216/would-falcons-draft-michael-sam

    ESPNSome say Sam hurt his draft status by struggling to make the transition to linebacker at the Senior Bowl, although he had a sack in the game. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. said Sam is a fourth-rounder as of right now, with the possibility of him going in the third round.


    There's an insinuation (not by ESPN) that Sam is going to drop further in the draft because of his coming out (based on the "we're not really ready" execs who spoke anonymously in SI). But based on where these other SEC Defensive Players of the Year were picked, I'd say the pre-coming out rumors among NFL scouts sunk his draft stock as far down as it will go already.

    In a couple weeks, we'll get to see during the NFL Combine measurements if "Size" is really a justifiable issue.
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    Feb 10, 2014 2:38 PM GMT
    metta8 saidMichael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from Missouri Tigers and the Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player of the Year, said that he is gay in interviews with ESPN's "Outside the Lines" and the New York Times on Sunday.

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    http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/10429030/michael-sam-missouri-tigers-says-gay



    Damn he fine. Just saw this on the morning news


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    Feb 10, 2014 2:40 PM GMT
    a step for mankind
  • peterstrong

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    Feb 10, 2014 3:19 PM GMT
    Reminds me of "42" the movie about Jackie Robinson's story - it was a great reminder of how far we have come as a nation. And now we are living this story in real time ! AWESOME ! Congrats Michael Sam !
  • Sportsfan1

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    Feb 10, 2014 4:32 PM GMT
    This is a very brave and courageous thing to do. I wish him the best of luck and continued success. He seems like a great young man. He will need all of our support and encouragement. Let's hope the NFL is ready for an openly gay player.
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    Feb 10, 2014 4:47 PM GMT
    Multiple threads: http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3677520#59737_3678367_name

    And yes, he is one very hot looking guy!
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    Feb 10, 2014 4:50 PM GMT
    helloandgoodbi saidthe straight sports threads are full hate talk. "gay belongs in the theatre, not the NFL" "no other players will want to be in the locker room with him" "he's just looking to sue if he does not get drafted" "he should keep it to himself" blah blah blah. 99.9% miss the point that we was already an out gay man to his team and friends. To NOT speak up early would be distracting as rumors and chatter would be all around. He wants everyone to know before they draft him so he ends up at a team that is OK with that. A bold, logical approach vs getting drafted and then cutting cut by homophobic team. He wants to play somewhere he is wanted.


    The hate speech I am seeing is coming from fans. The media, NFL players and other sport figures are OVERWHELMINGLY supportive. And educating the homophobic.

    Hopefully, in 2-5 years it will be a non-issue.

    I hope the Bears draft him. We need some D!
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    Feb 10, 2014 4:53 PM GMT
    This was great to see. I hope he is given a fair shot... the comments in SI were telling... the idea that it will take an established head coach/GM who can afford the "risk" to their PR.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Feb 10, 2014 5:16 PM GMT
    Awesomesauce, he's one of the best college football players in the country. I hope the gay community will give him space to be just a professional football player for a while, as opposed to a professional activist/mouthpiece. The best thing he can do for all involved is to be good at his job.
  • metta

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    Feb 11, 2014 8:56 AM GMT
    First Lady, Vice President Tweet Support to Michael Sam


    http://www.bilerico.com/2014/02/first_lady_vice_president_tweet_support_to_michael.php
  • metta

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    Feb 11, 2014 8:01 PM GMT
    Rush On Gay NFL Prospect Michael Sam: Heterosexuals "Are Under Assault By The 2 - 5 Percent That Are Homosexual"



    http://www.mediamatters.org/video/2014/02/11/rush-on-gay-nfl-prospect-michael-sam-heterosexu/198018
  • metta

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    Feb 11, 2014 11:04 PM GMT
    NFL prospect Michael Sam makes cover of Sports Illustrated for telling the world he's gay

    Cover states that 'America is ready for Michael Sam' but also asks: 'Is the NFL ready for Michael Sam?'



    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/nfl-prospect-michael-sam-makes-cover-sports-illustrated-telling-world-hes-gay110214
  • metta

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    Feb 11, 2014 11:13 PM GMT
    Kent State Wrestler Sam Wheeler Suspended Indefinitely For Calling Gay Footballer Michael Sam "Fag" On Twitter

    http://instinctmagazine.com/post/kent-state-wrestler-suspended-indefinitely-calling-gay-footballer-michael-sam-fag-twitter