Mizzou DE Michael Sam to be first Openly Gay NFL player

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  1. hollis

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    N.F.L. Prospect Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He’s Gay

     
  2. wesbranscum

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    I'm all for to each his own, but he has some guts. Before the draft, people can say what they want but teams will still stick with the majority and if they feel players wouldn't be comfy with it then I could see a team passing. By no means am I saying it's right, just how it is. At same time 1 nfl team will look great taking this kid and 31 other teams could be made out to be anti-gay, especially if someone learned a team passed on him for another player. Maybe they really did need the other player but others won't see it that way.

    He put ball in 32 teams courts, now let's see what they do
     
  3. Block "O"

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    Who cares??? Why do we need to know his sexuality? As long as he can play football.
     
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  4. SanDiegoBuckeye

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    It won't be long until elite and all-star caliber athletes come out. I worked in professional sports for 3 years and athletes mostly know who's gay in the locker room/clubhouse and guys keep it professional.
     
  5. Bucknut502

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    A Mizzou grad I work with told me about five months ago that Sam hit on him at a bar in Columbia. He said that most people on Mizzou’s campus knew about this. I’m actually surprised that is wasn’t public already considering my co-worker said that Sam did not hide it at all...

    The thing I think is so ironic about it is that it’s someone from the SEC...
     
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    We need to know his sexuality as much as we need to know his race... We don't, really. But, like his race, he shouldn't be expected to hide it. And also like his race, if he's the first player in an organization as popular as the NFL, it's news worthy.
     
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    I used to be homophobic, but when my wife and I got together and she was cheering at the University of Louisville, I became a lot more open-minded.

    Personally, I am fine with gays and do not feel any hatred towards them. However, I would not feel comfotable being in the same locker room with one or more. It would be like me being turned loose in a female locker room. I'd love it! But I'm sure they'd feel creeped out a bit...
     
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  8. Block "O"

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    I disagree...10 years ago maybe but now with homosexuality such a big part of pop culture it really is a non-story. I feel sorry for this young man, he will be little more than a political pawn for the extremists. Does anyone here seriously not have a gay friend? If people are this surprised there was a gay man in the NFL we must be living in Ahmadinjead's Iran "where there are no gays". Maybe since the NFL has a breast cancer awareness month, we can now have a gay awareness month since this is such a shock to so many. This is truly hilarious.
     
  9. louts8wings

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    Thank You!
     
  10. wesbranscum

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    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-s...ary-on-oprah-winfrey-s-network-204836308.html

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    very good article, sounds like he was filming a reality tv show during draft. Even some of the people at ESPN have pulled their support. I read an even better article yesterday, ill try to find it. I really hope Sam doesnt make it, i dont say that often. He wanted to be judge on his football skills but even he has failed to talk about football since the draft, its always been the 'i'm Gay excuse"

    one article pointed it out the best. Sam came out at Mizzou and there was no media attention and no one cared, he sought out the publicity by making it a bigger deal.

    i feel bad for every player on that Rams team, like it or not you will be under a microscope. If you dont talk or associate with Sam then you'll be labeled a gay basher. If you say something not even related but someone over hears it like the blood thirsty media, they'll find a way to turn it into a gay bashing thing.

    People were all about telling Tebow to cool down the religion talk, but seems like alot of those people want Sam to push the talk of his sex life. So we can't have religion pushed on the people of the NFL but someones personal beliefs on sex can be pushed on us. If we spoke out against Tebow that was okay, but you say you dont agree with Sam and off with your head
     
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    I guess all I care about is if he can play. I could careless if he dates woman or hammer down on dudes. The media needs to quit this crap!
     
  12. Block "O"

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    I hope Michael Sam succeeds because if they have to cut him the Rams will probably have to contend with the gay lobby and they have become one of the more scary groups in this country.
     
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    This was known about long before he announced. I have a very good source in the program. The first time he makes a move in the locker room, and he will, shit will hit the fan!

    Go Bucks!
     
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  14. SanDiegoBuckeye

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    My problem with all of this is the hypocrisy of Michael Sam. His sexual preference doesn't matter at all, but don't sit there and say you want to be just another football player and then have a reality TV show film you, have an obviously staged draft day with your boyfriend instead of or also with family, show up to camp out of shape and talk/act like you're the best player taken in the draft.

    I honestly don't care if he fails or succeeds.
     
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    I don't know about him being out of shape for camp or talking like he's the best player of the draft class... But if I knew he had plans to be shooting a show, there's no way I would've drafted him... That's an immediate 2-round hit in my book.

    The NFL is a full time gig, and because Sam is the first openly gay player, the media attention will be high without him fanning the flames. Of course, I don't mean to say he needs to keep mute. Whether he signed-up for it or not, he's taking on a big responsibility. His success or failure will serve as an argument point for social debates, and will likely influence the decision of other players to come out or continue keeping large parts of their lives secret.

    If he wants to make money with a reality show, that's his right, but I don't see how coaches and GMs are going to welcome reality show crews for the benefit of a 7th-round talent. It's hard enough to sell these guys on HBO's Hard Knocks; now you gotta sell a similar experience, but the only person benefiting from the hassle is doubtful to make your 2-deep.

    The best thing he can do for the gay community is succeed in the NFL while not hiding or apologizing for being gay. A reality show only hurts his chances of making the team IMO. ... Then again, It may be unfair of me to say that it's Sam's responsibility to help the gay community. But, I feel like I've been in similar situations. The balance of trying to reshape prejudices while not apologizing for who you are is tricky.
     
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    It looks like they wised-up.

    OWN calls off Michael Sam series – ESPN
     
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  17. wesbranscum

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    He showed up to the combine out of shape, not sure about camp. No way he makes 2 deep at de or olb for rams. They are pretty set there. He's going to take a spot though. No way rams want the bad rap
     
  18. louts8wings

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    I think after one season this media find something else worthless to talk about. I just love how they want cram all this down everyone's throat. There's a reason I watch sports. To block all the political crap that goes on.
     
  19. Block "O"

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    Rich Eisen was the typical University of Michigan alum douche on draft day acting like him not being drafted yet was a hate crime.

    I hear you on the watching sports to get away from politics...as a political science major sports was definitely a diversion from it, but now the two worlds have collided on so many issues.
     
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    Sport has long had impact on social change... At the very least a reflection or amplification of change.
     
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