All American defensive lineman, Michael Sam, came out as Gay to his teammates during a preseason game back in August. With the NFL draft coming up, the Missouri Tigers player may be the first openly Gay NFL player in the league.
The 6’2″, 260 lbs player lead his team to a 12-2 record this season and revealed that he wanted to “Own his truth” before anyone else Outed him to the rest of world. In an interview with Chris Connolly of ESPN (embedded below), Sam admitted that facing tragedies at a young age influenced his decision to come Out.
This news is coming fresh off of New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma admitting that he would assume that any Gay player in the league would be checking him out if they were teammates. “Imagine if he’s the guy next to me and, you know, I get dressed, naked, taking a shower, the whole nine, and it just so happens he looks at me. How am I supposed to respond?” Vilma said to Andrea Kremer, the NFL’s chief correspondent for player health and safety.
To make it clear: Michael Sam is not yet an NFL player…He’s currently getting prepped for the combines where he will be analyzed by officials from each team to determine if they are interested in drafting them to their teams.
This is a developing story. More to follow.