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Michael Sam Thought Coming Out Wouldn’t ‘Be a Big Deal’

Dallas Cowboys' Michael Sam walks along the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Arlington, Texas.
Dallas Cowboys’ Michael Sam walks along the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Arlington, Texas. Sept. 28, 2014

*Michael Sam reiterated Thursday that there are a number of gay players in the NFL who have simply chosen not to come out of the closet, and that he didn’t think his decision to do so before entering the draft would create such a stir in 2014.

“I am not the only gay person in the NFL,” Sam said during a speech and Q&A session in Dallas on Thursday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’m just saying there is a lot of us. I respect the players that did reach out to me and had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL.

“Was it a risky move? Yes. But at that moment, the reason why I came out is I thought it wasn’t going to be a big deal. Maybe I was naive. Maybe I thought it was 2014, and people will understand that there’s gay NFL players. There’s gay athletes everywhere. But I was clearly wrong. It was a huge deal.

“The players who have reached out to me and told me about their sexual orientation, it just means a lot. But I will never say anything about who they are, what teams they are [on]. I’m just saying there’s some famous people, and I’m not the only one.”

Sam, the former SEC co-defensive player of the year at Missouri, was taken by the Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 draft but didn’t make the team. He has been a free agent since the Dallas Cowboys released him from their practice squad Oct. 21 and was one of 105 participants in the league’s first veteran combine, where he ran the 40 in 4.99 seconds.

“Hopefully I’m not being discriminated [against] because I’m gay,” Sam said Thursday, according to the Star-Telegram. “I don’t believe that I’m being discriminated [against] because I’m gay. I just want to know if I’m truly not in the NFL, it’s because of talent. Let it be because of my talents. But you’ve got to prove that I can’t play this game. If you look at the film, clearly I can. So, I’ll leave it at that.

“‘Dancing with the Stars’ is my employer. That’s my main source of income. … I’m unemployed, and I don’t believe I’m out of the NFL because I’m gay. But if it was a reason, it can hurt their livelihood, and you don’t want to take that chance.”

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5 COMMENTS

  1. He’s hinting at possibly suing later down the line. I wonder why he thinks other guys didn’t make it that were in his same position.

  2. Yes it’s a big deal you idiot!!! Nobody cares about your lifestyle i’m sure there’s plenty of athletes that are gay and not coming out. If you notice they have jobs!!

  3. His mistake was confusing tolerance with acceptance. He now understands that there is a difference. Hopefully, some good will come from the entire experience.

  4. he’s failing to realize a few things – the overwhelming majority of the world is heterosexual … and always will be … so he and all in his persuasion need to just live life and stop expecting the rest of the world to pat them on the head for choosing to practice homosexual acts … still not understanding why all the discussion about sexual orientation, other than for the ridiculous demands of the lgb whatever the hell they are crew have made on our government and our society to create special laws and dispensations to make them feel special and preferred … whatever … be whatever you are and keep what you do in your private life to yourself; the rest of us who observe God’s Word are sick of it … time to stop this desperate attempt to get everybody to condone what they know is wrong …

  5. ….
    Dittoheads remember Rush Limbaugh discussing how everybody in the professional golf world knew that Tiger was a cad. He also talked about something else he knows a lot about, behavior in football.
    Point is, it is an open secret in the business that nobody is making any special effort to suppress, hide or keep in small rooms.
    The whole thing is being blown-up to sell newspapers. …. 😉

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