First openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL


Michael Sam was selected by St. Louis Rams in the 7th round of 2014 NFL draft.

Mahima Dutt, Staff Reporter

Most recently in the LGBTQ sports world, Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted for the NFL. His decision to come out didn’t affect the NFL draft outcome like some predicted since he was drafted by the Rams. After hearing of the news, Sam turned to his boyfriend and kissed him. Consequently, this small gesture raised controversy among sports fans. Some reacted strongly against the kiss and tweeted their views about it. ​​​”I’m sorry but that Michael Sam is no bueno for doing that on national tv,” former Super Bowl champion Derrick Ward tweeted.

​Others believed the kiss was natural and not any different from a straight couple kissing.​ “NFL guys get drafted. Kiss girlfriends. @MikeSamFootball kissed his boyfriend. Don’t like?..that’s a “you” problem,” ESPN anchor Stuart Scott tweeted. “Congrats Mike!”

President Obama also made a statement, congratulating Sam and acknowledging the progress and history that has been made through the NFL draft.​

Sam, now playing for the Rams, was quickly welcomed by his teammates. No one on the team treated him any differently because of his sexual orientation “He’s just another guy in the locker room,” guard Greg Robinson said. “He’s really cool once you get to know him and I feel like he has a great story behind him.”

Due to the significant amount of support from his new teammates, Sam has a positive environment to train in. However there is one “thing that truly makes Sam’s experience a worthwhile success” is that they still treat him like a rookie.



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