Recently, in an ESPN Outside the Lines interview with Chris Connelly, 2014 NFL draft prospect, Michael Sam, announced that he is an “openly proud gay man”.

After this interview, responses flooded social media, both supporting and demeaning Sam’s decision to tell the world of his sexual orientation. In the interview the all American Defensive linesman from the University of Missouri, presented himself as a strong, brave and insightful young athlete who is not afraid of what people think.  “I understand how big this is,’ Sam said. ‘It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be […] I want to be a football player in the NFL.”

 

Michael Sam, University of Missouri. Photo: bookwormroom.com

Michael Sam, University of Missouri. Photo: bookwormroom.com

Prior to the announcement, some draft analysts didn’t see Sam as a high pick for the draft. However, Sam is a skilled athlete on the football field.  He was named 2013 South Eastern Conference player of the year, which is no small feat.

Now that Sam has come out to the world, many think that general managers and owners of teams around the league will have mixed feelings about drafting him.

Hopefully Sam will be treated fairly and be given the chance to play a sport that he loves. It would be a shame to see someone who has not done anything wrong be discriminated against.

 

 

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