Michael Sam’s coming out

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Former University of Missouri Defensive End Michael Sam came out to the media reporting he is gay.

Sam is the reigning SEC defensive player of the year and is the first soon to be open, gay professional football player.

Sam told the Missouri football team back in August and reported to the media two weeks ago because of speculation at the Senior Bowl of his status. This isn’t the first time a professional athlete has come out. Brooklyn Nets forward Jason Collins stated he was gay last year making him the first ever-professional basketball player to come out.

“It was very bold of Michael Sam to come out, standing up for what he believes in, and not caring about the critics. The road will be difficult for him though,” sophomore Grant Bruggenjohan said.

The NFL and numerous organizations came out to support Sam and his efforts. Sam is projected to be a third to fourth round pick. Allegations have surfaced that Sam’s draft status may be affected. Teams like the Miami Dolphins could shy away from drafting Sam because of problems already in their organizations.

“I believe it may be difficult for him to relate to others in the locker room because of some of the offensive jokes that could be said. They may not necessarily be directed towards him but some could accidentally be said,” sophomore Maret Welby said.

The most surprising critic was Michael Sam’s father, who has since said he was “terribly misquoted” by the New York Times. Sam Sr. described himself as old school and he told the newspaper the idea of a gay player in the NFL bothers him, even if that person could be his own son. Sam Sr. has since taken back his comments and says he fully supports his son.

“It doesn’t really matter if he is gay. He played in college and had no problem with his team. It shouldn’t matter in the NFL. The news caught me off guard since Mizzou is so close to home,” junior Jake Seers said.

Michael Sam addressed the media at the NFL combine and just wants to be known as a football player, not a gay-football player. Sam said he has gained numerous support at Mizzou events and in public. He is now focused on football, and not the media.