Michael Sam, First Openly Gay NFL Player, Goes to the St. Louis Rams

Categories: LGBT, Sports

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Courtesy Jim Buzinski
Michael Sam and David Kopay at sports publicist Howard Bragman's home.

This afternoon, the St. Louis Rams drafted Michael Sam, a former Mizzou a defensive lineman who came out as openly gay in February.

The announcement came amid concern that Sam would be passed over because he is gay. Today's news puts those worries to rest. Click through to see what Sam tweeted right after, video of the moment he found out and other reactions from around the web.

See also: Michael Sam and the Rise of the Gay Athlete

And here's video of the moment Sam got the news, including the celebratory kiss he shares with his boyfriend Vito -- a normal expression of affection that two humans in a relationship are known to do.

Here are some reactions from other players and locals:

Follow Jessica Lussenhop on Twitter at @Lussenpop. E-mail the author at Jessica.Lussenhop@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

Comin from a guy named Snowbeam Wiggleton I take that as a complement . So rave on cat turd ..rave on

Snowbeam Wiggleton
Snowbeam Wiggleton

Complaining that your thoughts are not illegal is not a very good defense. "My opinion is legal! The government can't technically prosecute me for being a fucking douchebag." Congratulations, you're a vocal last remnant of the ignorant middle-America right that is feeling rightly marginalized. Enjoy the last forum in which you feel you have a voice.

Snowbeam Wiggleton
Snowbeam Wiggleton

Bob 's post would be funny for how incredibly stupid he sounds if it weren't so sad.

June Bugg
June Bugg

Lol can the ni99a play? If so coach might suck him dyck, huh? #DUMBSHYT.COM

Joe Kaufman
Joe Kaufman

Who cares about this guy!!! He will be a washed up has been who's pinnacle of his entire carrier is the fact that he came out ass a queer.

Joshua Steinmetz
Joshua Steinmetz

I didn't realize Tim Tebow was the first openly Christian player in the NFL. This thread is full of people making pointless claims and bad comparisons.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Faith is not the same as bigotry. Faith does not make bigotry acceptable in the work place either. The thing is- religion(most of them) condemn homosexuality. Big difference.

Rob Compton
Rob Compton

Well, there you have it. But you cant stop random people on the internet from being angry and hateful. So strange that people are so offended to hear about anything gay, as though they were being assaulted with Nazi propaganda.

Rob Compton
Rob Compton

Why does it matter to you that this matters to a lot of people, especially those who are gay? THAT I find far more perplexing.

Rob Compton
Rob Compton

One is positive, the other is negative. That is the difference. You're welcome.

Michelle Hefele
Michelle Hefele

Who cares what his sexuality is I bet if he takes the rams to the superbowl everyone would shut their mouths quickly. It's not our place to judge people.

Kathryn Bense
Kathryn Bense

Who cares who he lays with at the end of his Game as long as its WIN?!! not our business we shouldn't be involved .!

Lauren Rinker
Lauren Rinker

Sara Snyder Killion & Sarah Batta read at your leisure.

Matt Thomas
Matt Thomas

I knew this comment thread would be full of idiotic nonsense, but I had no idea Bob was going to take it to this level. It's like a chimp at a typewriter...

Lauren Rinker
Lauren Rinker

OMG this guy is a nut job. Forgot the Sarcasim font. Where's the block button?!?

Lauren Rinker
Lauren Rinker

What do you care if a player gets hurt? There are dozens of lawsuits from hurt players against the NFL. Why throw out Nazi's? A political party that killed hundreds of thousands hardly is on equal footing as a lady with an opinion. I respect you right to free speech even if I don't agree with it. I would have no problem sharing a room on a work trip with someone regardless of age, gender, race, or preference. As long as that person is respectful. We have more in common as people than not. Even you and I. We may differ on our expressions, but as people we have many of the same things in common. And, while you are trying to label people you should know I'm not a tree hugger.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Now if Missouri would just pass laws protecting everyone from loosing their job and the freedom to legally unite! I'm with you David! I'm a married mother of two college students who were raised to never hate and fight for human/civil rights. :-) this was a great day in history!

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

Jennifer Elder Quinn troll ? I'm 6.3 ! I'm just saying what other's think ! An I thought this was a open forum ? Thank you nazi queen of ideals an thought's . For if it wasn't for you trying to trample my freedom of speach rights I don't know what I would do ? So simmer down midget :) see we can all be hurtful . An how am I a bigot ? For saying queers don't belong in football ? Well you don't see a bunch of heterosexual guy's trying to figure skate ! An truly do you think when ( because it WILL happen ) smashed on the feild ! They'll call it a hate crime ? How about showers / hotel room's ? He likes men ! But a guy an girl are different ? When a company sends them out for a conference ! Yes that makes for a hostile work environment an starts sexual harassment law suites ! But not you an your narrow minded ways ! We should all follow your nazi ways thinking as a truly stupid society of tree hugging mentally challenged people an not look at the big picture !

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

You know, there was a time not so long ago, where African Americans were not allowed to play in professional sports. Also a time where women were not in professional sports. To degrade a person for who they love is hateful. Just as the past bigotry of people's race and gender.

Lauren Rinker
Lauren Rinker

No Kelle, can't you tell that all gay men are after Bob? What's another name for Bob? STUD! ;-) Where's that sarcasim font when ya need it?

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

You're a bigot Anna! I don't even watch football- nor will I now...but a society changing for the better especially in the sports world is such a wonderful display of progress!

Ash Hinkle
Ash Hinkle

Let me make this a better story: St. Louis Rams draft Michael Sam due to his awesome football playing skills.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Same could be said for tennis. It was news back then with Martina and Billie.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

News flash Bob- not all gay men are out. They don't force themselves on anyone. You do know that your obsession with male on male sex- looks as of you're the one who has not come to terms with your own desires for a man.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Bob- studies have shown that those who display the most homophobic behavior are suppressing their own gay desires. I applaud you for trying to come out. The gay community will embrace you with open arms.

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

Kelle Deyne they started as just joke's this morning . You know .....gay guy ....RAAAAAMMMSSS . Childish but funny . An if anyone looked at the words spelled with all capital's ? It says ...RAMS SUCK BUTT . With the hole gay thing an the team's not so good . An also the only reason why he's getting so much attention is because he's gay . He was 7th round pick .

Jennifer Elder Quinn
Jennifer Elder Quinn

Ladies and Gentleman: Bob St. Clair. The RFT's own bigoted troll. I can't wait to decipher his hateful comments! Oh boy!

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Obama has control of the NFL draft via subliminal messages? LOL Bob- seriously. That makes no sense whatsoever.

Carol Fortune Quigley Young
Carol Fortune Quigley Young

at least they are not talking about a black guy any more,our country moves on slowly but surely,a little too slow for me

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

Just wait untill he takes a BIG HIT ! Is that going to be a hate crime ? An Anna Parker . I gotta love my home team . I'm from st.Louis mo . But the new name is the CRAMS . Lol . Queers don't belong in football ! They have never been a assertive bunch ! That's all !

Anna Parker
Anna Parker

Yep exactly right. He is a cargo carrier.

Lauren Rinker
Lauren Rinker

Ferries? As in something that takes cargo across a waterway? The grammar on here kills me.

Anna Parker
Anna Parker

Well not a fan of the lambs. So to me they are now known as lambs and ferries.

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

While this may seem like a non-issue for us heterosexuals, as we sit comfortably without fear and without shame for our accepted lifestyle, it is a game changer for the LGBT community as they now have someone who they could look up to, and someone that could give them more strength amid a culture of hatred and prejudice. There are studies that show that 1 in 3 gay teens have attempted suicide and have a rate of attempted suicide five times higher than heterosexual teens. There are also studies that show an increase in drug abuse, being bullied, homelessness, increased risk to HIV and STD’s, and higher rates of depression. Keep in mind it was just two months ago that religious politicians were attempting to legislate discrimination against gay people. We still live in a society where in many states gay people are not allowed to be with their loved ones even on his or her deathbed. In my opinion this event has ramifications on people that need news like this to have a more complete and enjoyable life. And on a lighter note, it’s exciting that hundreds of thousands of St. Louis Rams jerseys with Michael Sam’s name and number, have been sold all over the world. The light shines brightly on St. Louis today.

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

Well ......they make good nurses ? An they have no problem's with checking prostate cancer ?

Lauren Rinker
Lauren Rinker

Bob, someday I hope you need help and the only person around happens to like the same sex. Hopefully they show compassion that you lack.

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

Michael J Keller . To funny . I guess they put these statements up here just to read ? What's the comment box for ? Yuk yuk yuk ? You have your views an I have mine :) an speaking about family ? Isn't your family tree a stick ? You put some penis hole in your mama's underwear yesterday for mama's day ? She always said your were the best french kisser in the family :) yuk yuk yuk aaahhh yuk yuk yuk aaahhh yuk yuk yuk . See it's easy to attack someone ! I'm talking about a real issue ! Not attacking a person ! An yes at first thing morning ? Them joke's were funny :) queers don't belong in football !

Lauren Rinker
Lauren Rinker

Your over generalizations and stereotypes exhaust me.

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

There their they're . Thank you for the grammar lesson Lauren Rinker . Before you picked on me because of looks . Well I didn't say anything about your crazy eye that looks into left feild . I'm above that ! An yes him being a homosexual is a huge problem ! 1st you say professional athletes ? These are big young men with tons of cash ! Look up online about dog fights / dwi's / murders/drug's an all kinds of craziness these kid's (well men do ) . 2nd showers/hotel's/ the football's (atta boy) pat on the butt can be considered as sexual harassment or hostile work environment ! Open your tree huggin eye's ( at least the good one ? ). Say you gotta job working with all Muslim's ? They pretend they accepte Christian's . But truly hate us deep inside . ( extremist that is ) An one day you told them all they would have to accepte your views on religion ? These football players have been raised there hole life to be a man's man ! Get hurt walk it off kinda guy ! The gay community does not in any way shape or from potray that !

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

shut the fuck up you closeted assgoblin

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