Friday, March 27, 2015

Michael Sam: There Are 'A Lot' of Other Gay NFL Players

Michael Sam, the 25-year-old gay and average-at-best-out-of-work football player who's now appearing on Dancing With the Stars, gave an interview this week to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in which he says there are other gay players in the NFL. Shock and awe! “I am not the only gay person in the NFL," he said. "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.” True. While we find it extremely -- EXTREMELY -- difficult to believe that any closeted top NFL players (you know, high-profile players with household names) who've been on the DL their entire career would risk everything and spill their tea to a rookie. Not happening. Furthermore, everybody already knows 1 in 2 professional athletes are gay. Carry on.

source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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