Michael Sam is drafted by St. Louis Rams – becomes the first openly gay player in history of NFL
Okay, it’s done.
An openly gay man has been drafted by an NFL team.
That man is Michael Sam and the team is the St. Louis Rams.
GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis just issued this statement: “Without a doubt, this is a game changer. Today, Michael Sam has redefined what it takes to be a champion. He’s tackled stereotypes and joins the ranks of athletic trailblazers like Jason Collins and Brittney Griner in showing Americans that there’s no place for homophobia on the field. As support for equality continues to surge, it’s clear that sports fans are ready, football is ready, and America is ready for its first openly gay NFL player.”
Outsports notes: Michael Sam shared several kisses with his boyfriend, Vito, after getting the phone call from the St. Louis Rams that they would be selecting him with the 249th pick in the NFL Draft. ESPN didn’t shy away from showing the kiss over and over.