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Former Missouri DE and NFL Draft prospect Michael Sam announces he's gay

2/9/14 in NFL   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - Former Missouri DE and NFL Draft prospect Michael Sam announces he's gayMichael Sam was one of the most prominent defensive players in college football this season. The Missouri defensive lineman recorded 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss for a 12-2, Cotton Bowl winning team. He was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. He is a legitimate NFL Draft prospect as an undersized DE situational pass rusher.

Tonight he announced to the world that he is gay. If he is selected and makes the team, he will become the first openly gay player in the NFL. He made the announcement in an interview with ESPN's Chris Connelly that aired just a few minutes ago.

Apparently Sam came out to his Missouri teammates back in August, who responded by supporting him and keeping it under wraps, so Sam could come out to the rest of the world on his own terms. There are also reports that this was likely to be revealed soon (and if anyone was planning on doing it, they are terrible, plain and simple), which is likely why Sam made the announcement now.

Right now, Sam is projected as a 3rd or 4th round pick. Hopefully this does not hurt this draft stock, but I'd be lying if I said I trusted NFL executives on this one. Hopefully they will prove me wrong, although this story by SI is not encouraging.

Many say they hope a day comes where this isn't a story. That's the end goal, but we're not there yet. This is another step, and good on Michael Sam for helping to move us all a little more forward.
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2/12/14   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
No, I don't think he should have to come out at all, I said.... what I, as in me, would have done in the situation. I have reasons, I won't explain.

I agree he shouldn't have to, but that's not the reality we're in at the moment. Someone has to go first and deal with the frenzy so we can get to that point.

2/12/14   |   kobe_lova   |   61586 respect

Eric_ wrote:
So, it's OK for him to come out, as long as it's in a way you approve? Again, regardless of how it happened, it was going to be a huge story, given that this is an industry that's never had an active openly gay participant. By all accounts, someone was going to leak the story very soon, thus forcing Sam's hand.

No, I don't think he should have to come out at all, I said.... what I, as in me, would have done in the situation. I have reasons, I won't explain.

2/11/14   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
All of that...your tone, their tone, the 100 articles that have appeared in 24 hrs, and more. There are days when I'm up for discussing things like this in detail but today isn't one of them. I will say that if I was an athlete today, I would  never. never. "come out" to the world. It's so ridiculous. You'd see me on the street, and you'd know. You and 129 reporters could ask me, but that would get no where. I've already said too much.

So, it's OK for him to come out, as long as it's in a way you approve? Again, regardless of how it happened, it was going to be a huge story, given that this is an industry that's never had an active openly gay participant. By all accounts, someone was going to leak the story very soon, thus forcing Sam's hand.

2/11/14   |   kobe_lova   |   61586 respect

Eric_ wrote:
What's not to like? That he did it so publicly, or now? All accounts are the story was going to get broke soon anyway, and Sam wanted to do it on his own terms. That it's such a big deal? As I said, we're not at the point where it isn't yet. We unfortunately can't skip step. Someone has to go first and deal with the madness. That he'll be a "distraction?" Guess what, life is a distraction. The NFL wants people to think they have to exist in a hermetically sealed bubble, but it just doesn't work that way.

All of that...your tone, their tone, the 100 articles that have appeared in 24 hrs, and more. There are days when I'm up for discussing things like this in detail but today isn't one of them. I will say that if I was an athlete today, I would  never. never. "come out" to the world. It's so ridiculous. You'd see me on the street, and you'd know. You and 129 reporters could ask me, but that would get no where. I've already said too much.

2/10/14   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
I don't know how I feel about this. I'm pretty sure I don't like it but I'm not sure I could explain why in a concise, non-rambling way.

What's not to like? That he did it so publicly, or now? All accounts are the story was going to get broke soon anyway, and Sam wanted to do it on his own terms. That it's such a big deal? As I said, we're not at the point where it isn't yet. We unfortunately can't skip step. Someone has to go first and deal with the madness. That he'll be a "distraction?" Guess what, life is a distraction. The NFL wants people to think they have to exist in a hermetically sealed bubble, but it just doesn't work that way.

2/10/14   |   kobe_lova   |   61586 respect

I don't know how I feel about this. I'm pretty sure I don't like it but I'm not sure I could explain why in a concise, non-rambling way.

2/9/14   |   Scott   |   53031 respect

Kudos to Missouri for supporting Michael Sam this season.  I hope whichever NFL team he ends up with is just as mature