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