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This Was the Stupidest Reaction to Michael Sam Getting Drafted on the Entire Internet

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Michael Sam faces enough Twitter homophobia without your scientific inquiries, Marshall Henderson.
For most of America, Michael Sam getting drafted to play professional football for the St. Louis Rams was a watershed moment in sports history.

For former University of Mississippi basketball star Marshall Henderson, Sam's success was a chance to spew a bunch of nonsense on Twitter before (probably) retreating into sports obscurity forever.

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

Henderson took to Twitter to protest the kiss Sam and boyfriend Vito Cammisano shared, and which ESPN aired without hesitation, after the Rams called to draft him Saturday.


Within hours, hundreds of Sam supporters hit back at the former college athlete, causing Henderson's Twitter handle to start trending in St. Louis. The homophobic tweets took hold in the media, where reporters were hungrily awaiting any negative reactions to Sam.

After two hours, Henderson started telling a different story.

Turns out, Henderson knows a gay person, so he's allowed to tweet whatever he wants, especially if it's FOR SCIENCE, the athlete tried to explain in 140-character increments.


Henderson tells ESPN that an unnamed gay friend asked him weeks ago to tweet something about Sam. Henderson declined.

But when Henderson watched his brothers react to the kiss between Sam and Cammisano, he decided to let loose on Twitter.

"I saw their reactions and thought, 'We've got something brewing here,'" Henderson said. "I knew I was sticking my neck out there doing it, but I wanted to see how people reacted."

It was all a great social experiment, Henderson tells ESPN.

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

"What better way to get research and feedback than to do it like I did," Henderson added. "Everything I did is a psychologist and educator's dream."


The "social research" explanation seems dubious at best, especially since the Internet had no problem supplying homophobic, offensive and otherwise-negative tweets about Sam.

See also: A Miami Dolphins Player Is Already Suspended for Offensive Tweet About Michael Sam

When pressed about the gay friend Henderson supposedly sent the tweets for, Henderson admitted that his friend, who lives in Dallas and does not attend the University of Mississippi, had more personal reasons for keeping tabs on Sam: He's scared to come out himself.

"The point of this was to see the reaction and if he could feel more comfortable in his coming-out process," Henderson tells ESPN. Henderson says his friend "is scared. He hasn't come out yet. His family doesn't know."

Henderson's reasoning sounds a little my-gay-dog-ate-my-homework to us, but he's standing by it.

"My stance on gay athletes is irrelevant," Henderson told ESPN. "The whole reason we chose to do this is because my friend is gay. If it was wrong for me to do it, so be it."

Ross Bjork, the athletic director at Ole Miss, tried to distance the school from Henderson's tweets:


Henderson hopes to play professional basketball now that his days at Mississippi are done, but that doesn't look too likely. Henderson was not invited to practice at this week's NBA draft combine, and he's not expected to get picked during the draft this summer.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Stephen M. Winter
Stephen M. Winter

2 things: 1) Lost in the shuffle is the blurb of Fredbird Sex Tape Leaked 2) Mr StClaire is simply exercising his 'God' given constitutional right to be a bigot. As much as I find his post reprehensible, it wouldn't have surfaced if this topic had been left alone. No one cares. Sam has to make the team. If he makes the team, then you people can scrutinize and guffaw in November. That's all I care about.

Robert L Massie Sr
Robert L Massie Sr

Ummm.... I forgot about this already. Why are you bringing it back up?

Colby Keener
Colby Keener

Nothing like fresh news Tom Brokaw! Thanks RFT.

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

Rochelle Balentine . Sure were the jackass because we don't believe in what you do ? Well so much for freedom of speach ! You Nazi fat pig ! We should all be a narrow minded as you ? Sad ! I bet you voted for Obama also because of the color of his skin to ? Not because of the maret of the man's past record's ? ! Well I'm not a not one to fallow a trend because it's fits within what's cool ? Screw you jabba the cunt !

Joe Harman
Joe Harman

How about writing something about Memorial Day? Just goes to show you have no respect for the freedom that was preserved by the 10s of thousands who have died over the years so you can continue to post garbage!

Rochelle Balentine
Rochelle Balentine

Actually, Riverfront Times, THIS is the stupidest reaction to the Michael Sam news. I would actually respond to the content of this comment, but I would hate to infringe on this asshole's "cultural and moral beliefs." So instead, I urge you to update the article to include this jackass who had the audacity to post this with his name and picture attached.

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

Muslims should eat pork ! Jews should eat pork ! Christian should accepte satan as a angel ! Boy's should dress as women . As women dress as men . We should just turn the hole damn world upside down after all ? It's the new trend ! NANCY BOY'S DON'T BELONG IN FOOTBALL !! Facts !! This crap is is going to create a problem ! Bigger ramifications (

Eric Stone
Eric Stone

Out of real storries again RFT? The press, including you, continuing to report this is the stupibest reaction to this non-event.

Scott Weber
Scott Weber

Even dumber is that you're still talking about it, and wasting time & space on it

Dustin Estes
Dustin Estes

If Monsanto employs a gay football player, the RFT will shit their pants.

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

I guess all of the real RFT staff is on vacation?

Matt Thomas
Matt Thomas

Aw damn it, RFT. Now you've upset Fred. He's leaving now. I hope you people are happy.

Fred Beelman
Fred Beelman

That's it FUCK you ...I'm tired of hearing about this shot ..no longer following rft

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

Thanks for the comment. We sent a photographer to cover the Monsanto March and will have those photos up tomorrow.

Steve Horak
Steve Horak

OMG keep the BS stirring why dont you. Its Memorial Day weekend. Go help a Vet or something

Ryan Paluczak
Ryan Paluczak

Yo, can we get a re-hashing of an article from 2008? Please?! We are dying to see the same shit over and over.

Joey Zo
Joey Zo

LET IT GO ALREADY RFT! Do u need news? Why aren't you covering the Monsanto March? That's the Saturday and weekend news. It's a GLOBAL march. Millions! Do u support them poisoning us RFT??? SMH. #ENDmonsanto #GMO #MarchAgainstMonsanto

Tony Titan
Tony Titan

We still talking about this,moving on

Rob Bieser
Rob Bieser

Henderson's "research" would have never been accepted as "valid" or "scientific" by any stretch of the imagination. He boldly spoke his mind and was blasted out of the water. He retreated with the "Psychology Research" tweet.

Jameson Clerk
Jameson Clerk

Stupidest isn't a word... Btw people are over this story. What's the point in rehashing this for the millionth time?

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dawnlockwoodsag

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Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

I heard they weren't paying him much . One guy said . Just pee +nuts . Yuk yuk yuk aaahhhh yuk Yuk yuk yuk

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"f the homophobes and bible thumpers weren't so upset it wouldn't be news." are they "upset" or is it people like you that really WANT them to be upset?

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

I actually LOL at this post. And I love me a lumberjack putting on my makeup! Where can I find that? Look why don't y'all form an all Christian, hetero football league and only watch that? And btw, no straight man in a gay bar on Saturday night would put up with even a third of the crap women get from straight men just walking down the street in the middle of a weekday.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Do you really think football teams make their choice based on the media? And as for backlash, a Christian group has called for a Rams boycott if he DOES make it. No one that isn't a homophobe or excessively religious is going to make this about football. It's the homophobes that are making football about gay players.

Angie Stamme
Angie Stamme

This story is old. Why does the RFT keep putting up old stories???

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

HAHA two women kissing! You can see that on a Victoria's Secret ad!! You never hear Christian men complaining about that!

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

That's cute "a hate crime". I don't care about football but I am really rooting for this guy to be player of the year or whatever it is called. And for the first time in my life I will go to a football game if he plays. BTW, there is a big Christian sponsored boycott planned of the Rams and visa (signed Sam for advertising). Can't wait to see how that works out.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

They're here they're queer get used to it, as the old gay-rights chant used to say. Why not form an all Christian football league and see how that goes. Or stop watching television and reading the RFT, etc altogether. By your reasoning i have that damn dead avatar bleeding on his cross shoved down my throat everytime I drive past a church. Also advertisements for crap I don't want when I watch television. And gay people had this woman's opinion shoved down their throats if they were watching this show. Right?

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Just scroll on down or block these stories from your feed. It's not that hard. FB measures what you respond to and puts it in your feed. I clicked a few times on the "don't show" "offensive" choice in the upper right corner when they started putting Christian crap in my feed and I never see it anymore.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Timothy, you know this is hell right? This world where men can kiss each other and black people have their own tv shows and become President. I think you need to talk to your God about all those Rapture promises he keeps making. You all will be much happier when you are surrounded only by people that think just like you do.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Does he control Oprah? Or the media? If the homophobes and bible thumpers weren't so upset it wouldn't be news.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Ten times harder hahaha I see what you did there. HILARIOUS. I don't even really like American football but if he does make it I am going to see him play, for no other reason than all this hoopla. All this homophobic outrage is so entertaining. You do know a Christian group is calling for a boycott of the rams and visa (they signed him for advertising) if he does make it? I can't wait to see how belief the Bible measures up to love of football.

Jay Hemp
Jay Hemp

Dude, what are you, 7 years old?

Deanna Myers
Deanna Myers

I do not think anyone is saying Sam's shouldn't or can't play ball. FOLKS ARE SAY....WHY ALL THE EXTRA.....Most celebs TRY to keep their personal lives guarded/quiet. Sam's is putting his on BLAST. Makes me think he is trying to get attention....so maybe if we all just ignore him he will calm down and play FOOTBALL

Debbie Graves
Debbie Graves

What he does on his time or prime time is his business. He is an awesome football player. And just because he is kissing a man has nothing to do with it. He could of been kissing his brother or father in that matter. No different than kissing his mate. So people get over it. If it were two woman kissing there would be no disputes about it. And I don't even like football.

Brian Penn
Brian Penn

I hope he sets the rookie record for sacks......however if he barely makes the team I hope he is truly better than the person who got cut instead of the rams cutting a better player because they don't want a negative backlash from the liberal media. Just remember with the exception of the one sack against Oklahoma State...all of his sacks last year came against 2nd tier teams, or with Kentucky a really banged up offensive line. I hope people don't backlash against the rams if he gets cut.

Lauren Rinker
Lauren Rinker

He really is. You should have read what was he spewing the other day.

Rachel Manno
Rachel Manno

Bob Stclair You are an ignorant moron. Your jokes are as weak as your ability to form a coherent sentence. Everyone is now dumber for having read your comments.

Rachel Manno
Rachel Manno

Bob Stclair You are an ignorant moron. Your jokes are as poor as your ability to form a coherent sentence. Everyone is now dumber for having read your comments.

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

Greg Hall read that post !!! Up before this one !!

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

So the announcer better enunciate his word's very well when he say there's a FLAG down at the play ! An is the flag that the reff. throws going to be a rainbow flag to be more accepteing for the fart gobblers ? We all know he's a WIDE RECEIVER an not a tight end ! I bet you he'll be a good ball handler ! Do you think he's happy playing for the RAMS ? Ironically he likes to RAM his boyfriend's back side . I know what position he'd like to play ! A hiker so he could hike his ass way up in the air an show all the guy's . QUEER'S DON'T BELONG IN FOOTBALL !!!!! NOT COOL AT ALL ! LADY'S YOU WANT A LUMBER JACK HELPING YOU PUT ON MAKEUP ??? HELL NO !! THAT'S JUST LIKE HAVING HOMOSEXUALS PLAYING FOOTBALL TO US !! FOR GOD SAKES !!

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