SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year says he’s gay

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The SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam says he’s gay, and he may become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

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“I’m Michael Sam. I’m a football player and I’m gay,” he told The New York Times. “Once I became official to my teammates, I knew who I was,” Sam said. “I knew that I was gay. And I knew that I was Michael Sam, who’s a Mizzou football player who happens to be gay. I was so proud of myself and I just didn’t care who knew. If someone on the street would have asked me, ‘Hey, Mike, I heard you were gay; is that true?’ I would have said yes.”

According to the New York Times, Sam came out to his team last summer during a preseason team-building exercise at practice in August. Sam said he wanted to make his truth known to the fans and the front office of the team that drafts him.

Sam led the SEC in sacks with 11.5 and 19 tackles for loss. We’ll see how the NFL teams react to this news, as Sam is expected to be an upper-round pick in this year’s draft.

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  • Good for him. Be proud of who you are: An All-American, Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the SEC and a homosexual.

    Hope to see him out on the field destroying some NFL offensive linemen next year.

  • I’m happy for him. It’s probably a big relief to have it out on the open, but he wasn’t a first round projected pick before he came out. He’s a good pass rusher but a little undersized for a pro defensive end. He’ll make a good linebacker once he learns the position.

  • This tells me that he is as emotionally strong on the inside as he is physically on the outside.
    someone’s gonna get a great player.

  • I’m impressed with the locker room at Mizzou with them knowing all season about this and it never coming out.

    • Kev, right on the mark. So many great leaders. And every one willing to follow the next courageous man up vs. needing to stay the alpha male. This is why I loved this team for toughing it out of the casts in 2011, to the spring game, to going 11-1 reg season, to the 12-2 post and Cottonbowl victory for the SEC. No shock that Pinkel and all his men were one solid rock.

  • So what is the point with this article, seem to me the all the media newsgroups are trolling for negative responses out of people with these type of reporting. It is his life, he went to college to play football, done very well and I hope he gets drafted early.

  • WHY does the media feel is thier solemn duty to report about the sexuality of someone? Is it news what turns a person on sexually? I don’t care what people do in the privacy of thier own home and don’t feel the public should have to be bombarded by the media and the narcissitic people who think its cool to publicize where they put their “hoo-ha” and which gender they prefer. Really? This all you have to report about, Jon?

    • This is historical. You are just showing your bigotry.

      • Even if he has bigoted views, nothing about his post implies that. I am so tired of people TRYING to read offensiveness into other people’s statements. I get what 7ignal is saying in terms of “what someone does in their private life is his or her business.” He is naive, however, if he thinks this kind of “coming out” is not going to be considered major news.

        • At least 50% of all journalism is frivolity, but do you think 7ignal7even goes and personally shames those writers? The “where you put your hoo-ha is private” argument is an antiquated idea of sexuality that ignores the fact that people are perfectly fine assuming everyone is straight without thinking about what parts go where.

          Sexuality is more than where the “hoo-ha” goes – it’s about personal identity and in this case it’s about not having to hide who you are in order to be treated fairly and with respect. Reducing it as such is, if not bigotry, then at the least belittling an important issue. The “privacy” argument is a thinly veiled admission that he is uncomfortable with this topic being discussed.

    • Seriously, who cares? If wants to be gay let him be gay. We are constantly being told by gay groups that they want to be treated as normal people and then whenever someone chooses to be gay we all have to celebrate or something. Just play football.

      • At what point in your life did you choose to be straight?

        • Being straight is a natural way of NATURE. CHOOSING to be gay is a personal matter that is confused.. FACT two males will not produce nor will two females. IF they could this this isn’t even a debate. Ever seen a flock of gay geese? How bout a herd of gay cattle? Even gay penguins? Oh wait, gay monkey’s? No. Its nature’s way of saying that were not designed to live that way. As the saying goes, its the nature of the beast. Having said all that, if he chooses to be gay then fine. But don’t go rubbing it in peoples faces an expect to be put on a higher pedestal. You put your pants on the same way I do everyday. Get over yourself be keep continuing being productive to society an help the needy, not the greedy.

  • I’m super stoked for this young man. He is absolutely an incredible talent, and I’m proud that he feels comfortable enough, to not have to hide who he really is. Michael Sam I applaud your bravery, as well as, your talent on the football field. Good luck at the next level, you’ll be amazing I know it.

  • I don’t understand this, Tim Tebow tells everyone he is a Christian and gets mocked for it, but Sam comes out and says he is gay and is praised for it. What has happened to this once great country? As a person, I could care less about Sam being gay because I don’t care. But as a Christian, I don’t believe it’s something to be proud of either. Why doesn’t he keep it to himself? Does he feel that the whole world needs to know that he is gay for him to be happy? All I know is that it’s not acceptable in the country to be straight and proud, but for some reason its ok to be gay and proud.

    • Agreed! Sam praised for being gay, Tebow shunned for praying in the end zone! Somethings wrong here!!

    • “for some reason it’s okay to be gay and proud.” Um, you’re damn right. Why don’t you keep your Christianity to yourself, if you’re so concerned with him expressing himself? You disgust me. You subtly jab a player for openly being gay in the same ignorant comment that you openly express your religion. You’re embarrassing yourself with your bigotry. I bet it just makes your blood boil to know that an openly gay Michael Sam will have an NFL career at least three times as long as an openly Christian Tim Tebow.

      • Actually. He is wondering why we are praising one guy for sharing his beliefs and shunning another. If you had taken a second to read what he was saying (Pun Intended. I expect a high five from an Auburn fan or any other person who was happy to see bama lose) then you would have understood what he was saying. Stop this madness.

        • “praising one guy for sharing his beliefs..” Sam isn’t sharing any belief in anything. He came out about his sexuality. Also, he poses 3 total questions, not one. As a side note, I don’t need to make a rebutting pun, you’re a Might Miss State fan, you live with enough agony. (6-6 right?)

      • Dearbravesheep: You must be really ignorant. It’s people like you that shove all this political correctness on everyone. You believe that if ppl don’t agree with your views they are a racist and a bigot. This country was founded on the Christian beliefs. I don’t care that he is gay, but what I do care about is that he feels the need to tell everyone and that everyone has to be happy for him. For some reason I don’t think most ppl feel the need to tell the world what they do or like. What makes Sam so special? But anyway, I don’t feel the need to explain myself to a person like. Your just another liberal that gets mad when someone doesn’t agree with you, so you just scream racist or bigot. By the way, I didn’t vote for Obama either, doesn’t that make your blood boil.

        • “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion”– Treaty of Tripoli signed by founding father John Adams. I wish people would stop trotting out this ‘christian nation’ argument.

        • Armyguy007, you know you can’t say anything anywhere without a liberal getting mad. If ol ignorant would of read your post, he would realize you were just wondering why one is shunned and the other is held to the highest glory. Love the Obama comment, you know dearbravesheep has got an Obama sticker on his Prius.

  • Sam being gay or Tebow being Christian, really isn’t and shouldn’t be a big deal. both are very good players. truth is the media reads into it too much, which is just not necessary. but be proud SEC fans, we are showing that we can handle diversity very well, as well as being the power football conference.