College Football Star Michael Sam Says He Is Gay; May Become First Publicly Gay Player in N.F.L.

The New York Times:

Now Mr. Sam enters an uncharted area of the sports landscape. He is making his public declaration before he is drafted, to the potential detriment to his professional career. And he is doing so as he prepares to enter a league with an overtly macho culture, where controversies over homophobia have attracted recent attention.

From Outsports’s story:

Sam had in fact told his team at the University of Missouri that he was gay last summer. It was prompted by a simple team-building exercise with a question from a coach: “Tell us something we don’t know about you.” Some of the team had already known. Some were shocked by the news. All of them embraced him. None of them told the media.

Sam played the entire 2013 season, leading the SEC in sacks and leading his team to a win in the Cotton Bowl, as a gay man out to his team and coaching staff.

This is a big deal. I’ll be rooting for him.

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