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Michael Sam 'Comes Out' Before Upcoming NFL Draft

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  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Missouri Tiger's college football star player Michael Sam just publicly came out as being gay. Story goes his teammates and the locals all knew he was gay, but allowed for him to come out publicly on his own terms, as a sign of respect. And, overall no one has much of anything negative to say about this story. I mean Michael Sam was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, recording a league best 11.5 sacks. He is a quality player, talent, and seems like a stand up, hard working athlete all around.

    Before he publicly came out though, the general consensus of the experts in the know was that Michael Sam would go high in the 2014 NFL draft, for which he will most certainly still be entering. But since his coming out, there have been talking heads saying that this "controversy" might scare would-be NFL franchises from using such a high draft round pick on someone that would bring unnecessary headlines to their organizations. And apparently it's true. Some NFL players and coordinators have been quoted as saying that they would be either uncomfortable with an openly gay man in the locker room, or that the controversy would bring unnecessary attention to the organization (forgive me for not providing specific names here. I saw them on ESPN and heard their comments. Their names just escape me at the moment..)

    Doesn't mean these franchises' are homophobic, right? They just want to avoid having the first openly gay NFL player on their team and all the talk that would be spotlighted on them over it throughout the season. It would detract from what's really important, being the games going on, the good or bad play on the field, and so on. And, some players are worried that Michael Sam being gay won't be able to resist staring at fellow players when they strip down in the locker room, or in the shower... hopefully it's clear I'm being sarcastic here. Of course it's homophobic.

    Good points have been made about NFL teams taking controversial figures before. Just consider Michael Vick. Donte Stallworth. Ray Lewis. Plaxico Burress. Pacman Jones... the list is kinda endless. While most teams seem to not think this way (at least publicly), some do. And, Michael Sam will be in the NFL, whether they like it or not. Will be interesting to see what team drafts him, the team's that clearly shouldn't have but passed on him but do, and all the resulting politics.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    The Beverly Hills Courier published this story (February 24th) regarding gays in the NFL:

    Washington’s top-rated lobbyist engineering bill to block gays from joining NFL

    "Jack Burkman, CEO of Burkman LLC, who heads what is DC’s top-rated lobbying firm, said today that he is working on legislation that would ban gays from joining the National Football League. Burkman said he has amassed the political support for such a bill.

    ”We are losing our decency as a nation,” Burkman said. ”Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?”

    “If the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it,” said Burkman.


    I wonder how the NFL owners feel about "Big Government" possibly getting into their locker rooms now. Ha. Well such a bill has no chance in hell of ever getting passed into law, but it just goes to show the mentality of those in the anti-gay movement.
  • Democrat
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    It seems like Mr. Sam did not help his cause to become a high draft pick because while at the NFL combine, sort of like a pre-draft meat market, it seems Mr. Sam did very poorly in all of his skill assessments drills, I hope for his sake it was just a case of nerves as there have been many colligate footballers who also did poorly and were drafted down in the later rounds of the draft but did become very good pro players, but if teams are looking for an excuse to bypass him as their selection, he just gave them one good reason for not drafting him.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    You are right and draft position means big money. Just a few positions can mean BIG BUCKS.

    If he is drafted and does make a team, he'll still have the opportunity to make the big money in later contracts, but, NFL careers are notoriously short.
  • Center Left
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    I doubt it was nerves. He ran 4.91 in the 40 yard dash. He lifted 225 Lbs 17 times. That was the second lowest at his position. A player from my local college ran a 4.39 in the 40 yard dash at the combine. Huge difference.
  • Center Left
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    http://msn.foxsports.com/southwest/story/deion-sanders-every-team-i-played-on-had-someone-gay-in-the-locker-room-030114

    Deion Sanders is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He says (on the Arsenio Hall show) that he played for 5 different teams in his career and that there was
    always a gay player on the team. He says you all have gay people in your family too. You also have people that have problems with drugs or
    alcohol. He says he doesn't condone or condemn, He just loves the person and accepts them as a team mate. Short video, about 90 seconds.
  • Other Party
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    ESPN commentators were talking about Sam this morning. Now it seems possible that he may not even be drafted. He was projected as a 3rd or 4th round pick before the combine, but his poor performance there may drop him out of the draft. He will have a chance to make a team anyway, but we will see.

    If he doesn't make it to the NFL some people will say it is only because he came out, whether it's true or not.

    Deion is probably right, gays are everywhere, we just aren't aware.
  • Center Left
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    Even when we are aware it's something many have an issue dealing with. Homophobia. Many Hetero guys worry about advances by gay men. That would never happen. They know who's gay and that's who they would consider. Nobody is trying to get anyone to change teams.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    I'm very interested to see Michael Sam put Incognito on his butt. He can do it, but for Incognito, I bet he's has Homophobia real bad. It will be laughable for years and it will be headline media material. I remember when Bo Jackson put that big named linebacker on his butt at the goal line, running him over. The media went wild over it. Hopefully, Michael Sam gets on a team, because he is good material and deserves a shot at greatness. Michael Sam will be ok though, he comes from family of lawyers and in fact I think he is studying to be a lawyer himself, if not already.



  • Center Left
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    The first 32 draft picks are official now. Michael Sam has yet to be drafted. Do you think there's any chance he will go undrafted? If not, what team do you likely see picking him up?
  • Center Left
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    He signed a big endorsement deal with VISA. That's $$$$. The draft is based on talent. He'll be drafted but probably not today. I'd imagine it will be round 5. I wish him well.
  • Other Party
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    He will have a chance to make it in the NFL whether he's drafted or not. Every year, there are dozens if not hundreds of players who go undrafted but are still invited to team camps with a chance to make a team.

    And a few of them make it, and go on to an NFL career.

    Besides his bad performance at the combine, he is said to be a "tweener", a guy who doesn't have the size to make it in the NFL even though he was good enough to dominate in college. There's a huge difference in talent, size, and speed from college to the NFL.

    Sam will have his chance, and he'll make it or not on his athletic ability. If his name IS called, it will probably be tomorrow, not tonight.
  • Other Party
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    Tony why do you say he got a ..."big endorsement deal"...? Who called it a "big" deal? I read a few stories about his endorsement deal but not any called it a "big" deal, in fact I saw it repeatedly called his "first" endorsement deal.

    He got an endorsement deal, and I'm happy for him, and it's probably big money compared to what I bring home, but I wonder if it would be described as "big" compared to other endorsements by famous athletes, or any other celebrities, by VISA or any other major company.
  • Center Left
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    jamesn,
    You make a good point. It was probably good for him but you don't get the huge deals until you make it big. The reason that VISA signed him to the deal was because he has a huge twitter following. Bigger than most in his situation. However, compared to what he's earning from football (nothing yet) it's probably very welcomed funds.
    Round 3 ended last night. He wasn't yet taken. Mel Kiper has his ever changing list of the next 10 best available. As round 4 starts he's not yet on that list.

    Round 4 - 7 started 3 minutes ago on ESPN. Philadelphia is on the clock. Many big names have gone in the later rounds. Tom Brady for one.
  • Democrat
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    "Breaking News", Sam was drafted by the Rams in Round 7. MIZZOU knows Sam is a great player, so now Sam has to show the NFL just how great he is. I don't think Sam will have the character flaws in breaking the law as many other stars in the NFL, but he will prove himself on the field. So, what happens to the first break away crash on a star quarterback that Sam shows in the national media? Sam's stock will rise and many more endorsements will come. It will be tough for Sam because most all NFL players opposing his play will be gunning (just a play on wording) for him.

    Congratulation's for Mr. Michael Sam, you did earn it. Ole Fred Phelps is turning over in his grave and his ill mannered church is planning the first NFL game protest on Sam's playing.