Sam the Ram? St. Louis Football Fans Would Welcome Michael Sam: Study

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St. Louis football fans would welcome Michael Sam to the Rams, according to a new study out of Emory University.

But Sam better hope he isn't the Rams pick, or the Kansas City Chiefs', for that matter. In Missouri, there's no rule prohibiting businesses from firing employees because they're gay.

Sam made international headlines last month when he came out as gay. The all-star defensive player and University of Missouri graduate would be the first openly-gay man in the NFL if he gets drafted in May -- which he probably will.

See also: Mizzou Students Block Michael Sam from Homophobic Protesters with Wall of Love

Emerson University
Emory business students analyzed Twitter for the two days after Sam's public coming-out to judge how U.S. cities with NFL franchises would react to seeing Sam on their roster.
St. Louis ranked as the No. 2 most welcoming, just behind New York City. Kansas City fans said they'd welcome Sam, too, putting them at No. 6 on the list.

Nashville, Oakland and Green Bay fans were the most negative about Sam coming to town. Yahoo! Sports writer Eric Edholm hypothesized fans there were still smarting from Mizzou's thumping of Vanderbilt there last season. Sam made three sacks during the game.

See also: Mizzou's Michael Sam Comes Out; May Become First Openly Gay Player in NFL

Emerson University
Study organizers said Show-Me State tweets about Sam usually also mentioned his alma mater, the University of Missouri.

But Missouri isn't a very gay-friendly state, especially for workers. While the law prevents employment discrimination based on factors like age, race and religion, it does not stop a company from firing an employee based on sexual orientation.

A bill to add sexuality to the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act died in the House when the clock ran out before state representatives could cast their votes.

See also: 2014 State of the State: Nixon Calls to End LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace

"We need to end discrimination against LGBT Missourians in the workplace," Governor Jay Nixon said during this year's State of the State speech. "No Missourian should be fired because of who they are or who they love. Last year, the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act passed the Senate with bipartisan support but failed to get to my desk. Let's get it done this year."

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George Cameron
George Cameron

And there's the RFT with another pointless, tasteless piece of troll bait. Do people actually get paid to write this garbage?

James Madison
James Madison

Stupid sensationalism. You can get fired without cause, at any time. Your boss can decide to fire anyone wearing a red tie.

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

Twana goes racist against racists.... way to fight ignorance with a second helping

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

Too bad he ran such a poor 40 and only did 16 bench press reps Not to mention almost all his sacks this year came in a 3 game stretch against bad teams If it weren't for his new fame he would be lucky to be drafted

Twana Wangler
Twana Wangler

I so enjoy living in a backwoods, hillbilly, knuckle dragging populated state. We NEED to clear out all the hood wearing idiots we have in Jeff city, and be a forward thinking state. Not another embarrassing story on Jon Stewarts show.

Billy Rhodes
Billy Rhodes

NFL contracts aren't guaranteed, not that I agree with the law, but NFL teams can release whoever, whenever.

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

Um we need a qb. Besides in a few seasons the rams will be back on los angeles ground

perock topcommenter

Im surprised about green bay. He'd actually do really well there

Josh Rawls
Josh Rawls

It couldn't be that they are homophobic bigots. Nah. Couldn't be that.

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