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NFL Prospect Michael Sam Comes Out As Gay


Society & Culture  (tags: sports, ethics, culture, gayrights, rights, news, society )

Cal
- 168 days ago - npr.org
On Sunday, in interviews with and on , Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam said that he is gay.



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Natasha Salgado (511)
Monday February 10, 2014, 8:13 am
Brave young man especially coming out before being drafted. Wish him great success. Thx Cal
 

Ben B. (39)
Monday February 10, 2014, 3:49 pm
Stand tall and proud young man!

A few years ago an Australian rugby league player, Ian Roberts, came out. It didn't go so well for him, at least in the press, with the football commentators, with supporters of his team etc. He received the predictable anonymous death threats from homophobic team supporters, he received a lot of on field banter etc. When he retired he wrote a book about his experience and went on a short speaking tour.

Things are different now. When an athlete comes out, people in general seem to be more accepting.
I hope Michael's experience will be positive; that he will be selected at the draft and that he has a great NFL career!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Monday February 10, 2014, 4:50 pm
The NFL has longed lnown. This second hurdle was a since.
 

Edo R. (71)
Monday February 10, 2014, 5:35 pm
Thanks for sharing!
 

pam w. (191)
Monday February 10, 2014, 7:12 pm
Some day....it just won't matter! But--in the meantime--what a role model for other young gay men! I admire him for being honest.
 

John B. (215)
Monday February 10, 2014, 7:38 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Mr. Mullis and the video. Kudos to Michael Sam!!! Read, viewed and noted.
 

Suheyla C. (229)
Monday February 10, 2014, 8:02 pm
Thanks
 

Donn M. (1)
Monday February 10, 2014, 8:02 pm
He must want the showers all to himself.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday February 10, 2014, 8:17 pm
Thanks for the post. I applaud his courage.
 

Debra G. (0)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 1:01 am
He could become an NFL role model? I thought you had to have a dozen DUIs, several rape charges, a couple assault charges, and maybe a few drug or involuntary manslaughter convictions to be an NFL role model.
 

Alfred Donovan (44)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 1:38 am
I fear this man is in for a tough time of it.
 

gabriele jefferson (147)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 4:48 am
noted, read, shared on fb & twitter
 

Winn Adams (190)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 7:07 am
Congratulations for coming out. Maybe someday we will look back on this and say, what was the big deal. There is NOTHING wrong with being gay. Never has been, never will be.
 

Michelle Doust (0)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 1:22 pm
I agree with Winn, this needs to stop being a big deal. Way more inportant things in the world than having to announce every gay person. Gay, straight, bi...who cares?
 

Birgit W. (140)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 1:33 pm
Noted.
 

Jeanne Rogers (668)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 6:04 pm
Noted. I wish him the very best! He seems like a fine young man!
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 7:08 pm
I applaud him for being so honest, open and courageous. I'm sure he has a good future ahead of him no matter what. Thanks Cal.
 
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