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Michael Sam Signs Rams Contract, Celebrates in Style at Just John Nightclub

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Just John Nightclub
Michael Sam spins on the outdoor patio.
Fresh off making sports history as the first openly-gay man to sign an NFL contract, Michael Sam celebrated in true St. Louis style: with a night out at Just John Nightclub, the Grove's preeminent gay bar.

Sam met fans and took a spin in the DJ booth Friday night before continuing the party across the street at Siam, formerly the lesbian bar Novak's.

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

"I don't get star struck usually, but I just completely freaked out when [Sam] came into my bar," says owner John Oberkramer, who got a photo with one of St. Louis' newest Rams. "He's super, super, super nice. It was cool he came here first."

Sam and the other ten rookies in his draft class signed to the St. Louis Rams on Thursday, solidifying Sam's place as the first out gay player in the NFL. Sam signed a four-year, $2.65 million contract, with $46,000 guaranteed, according to FOX Sports.

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4112 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

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Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

PSST! MS. ANNA... and others... Please note that you know his name, but he'll never have the need to know yours. Jealousy and hate are both cruel masters that you, alone make the choice to serve. Get out of that contract that you made soon as you can, if it hasn't already become comfortable and welcome habits (because people aren't born hating or filled with jealousy. They're both taught or acquired behaviors). It's never too late, but the longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes. ...and don't give me that "human behavior" crap. 'Human Behavior' is a poor excuse for bad behavior. I haven't yet figured out how so many people that need a hobby so desperately can assimilate so quickly.

John Lupia
John Lupia

Anna Parker I wouldn't talk about his appearance. You're not exactly a super model either. #lookslikeafoot

John Neel
John Neel

Ya I heard he's chillin over at boxer's and brief's

Steve Cruz
Steve Cruz

You're criticizing someone's looks?...ok. Hahaha!

Anna Parker
Anna Parker

Puke n my mouth! Now maybe he will get his teeth fixed.

Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

My major points were.... Good God, Woman! 1) Nobody's relationship is in jeopardy! I have been in a committed relationship since Mr. Sam was 12 yrs old! (Contrary to what many straight people believe, not all gay people are naturally and magnetically attracted to each other, nor do they automatically 'hook up' like dogs at the first opportunity, much in the same manner as 'not all straight people are attracted to each other'.) 2) About "the kiss". I will always believe that if *anybody* in this world is concerned about two other people kissing, then perhaps they need to pursue better hobbies. Whether that kiss was just a light peck or a full-on complete dental exam, love and / or attraction between two consenting adults, whether they be white, black, brown, yellow, red, green, orange, pink, purple or polka dot, gay, straight, bisexual, transexual, transgender, intersexual, or any fricken combo of the above has to do with the business and the happiness of the two people involved and is of no concern of any other person on the planet. ** TWO CONSENTING ADULTS CAN KISS, LOVE AND / OR BE ATTRACTED TO WHOEVER YOU DAMNED WELL PLEASE WITHOUT ANY OTHER PERSON'S PERMISSION OR CONSENT ** Personally, I have never, *ever* been one that cared about what superstar (or minor star!) was dating whom, who divorced whom, who married whom or other personal shenanigans. To this very day, if I remember who a star is married to, living with or dating, it is nothing but pure chance. It's not that I don't care whether they live or die. It's just that that is *their* business. As long as it is or it's not me that they're doing it with, then, I say, "HAVE AT IT!" (Ya all might want to take a cue there.) 3) My attraction(s) I will not go to Hell for lying. If, in doing so, I found myself standing by the likes of Sadam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Adolph Hitler, etc, I would be REALLY embarrassed because I would be an amateur standing in the midst of pros. With that disclaimer being put forth, I do have to say that Mr. Michael Sam is, indeed, a hunk of young maleness, even though he could easily be 4 years younger than my own biological children. Even though there is no given structure or formula to these these things, and there is an exception to every rule, I personally tend to like 'em over 6', and over 200 lbs. (My Ex is 6' 10" and 275, and not an ounce overweight! With a shaved head and a Mutton chops mustache, many people thought he was a member of the WWF - World Wrestling Federation!). Granted, Mr. Sam just barely squeaks by these parameters, but as I said, it's a rule - not a law. As an example, during one hot 4th of July weekend, I was having a cocktail on the patio of a well-known neighborhood hangout when I struck up a casual bar conversation with one of the manliest men I have ever met in my entire life. He had a very tight military 'high 'n' tight' flattop hair cut, a long, thick Foo Manchu mustache, more HUGE muscles than I would ever know what to do with (that took hours per day to build and maintain!), and he was well tattooed. Some people will understand this reference: From the top of his head to the bottom of his feet, this gent was, indeed, a Tom of Finland drawing that came to life before my very eyes. This fine man went on to tell me that he was in St. Louis for a firefighter's convention. He worked for the New York Fire Department. OK. it was at that point that I was almost in tears. He told me, "I can carry a 6'4" 250 lb. man out of a burning building over my shoulder with room to spare!" I took one look at him and replied,"Not for one second would I ever doubt that you could!" The clincher: He was 4' 10" tall, but if you told him that, he wouldn't believe it! You see - there really IS an exception to every rule! 4) My OTHER attraction: To make a long story I guess that much longer, on a personal level and through the struggles that he met and conquered throughout his life to get to where he is today, I can hold nothing short of pure adoration and amazement that Mr. Sam is anywhere near sane, much less that he has remain as dignified and as triumphant as he has proved to be. Of course, he doesn't, but he could have a face that looks like a damned tree trunk, and the fortitude, dignity, perseverance and strength, alone, that he has demonstrated, in my eyes and in my mind, make him look like a Greek Adonis that is very much worthy of his own pedestal. For having gone through the personal and social fires that he has endured and so far, and come out looking just as good on the other side than he went in, I find that *very* attractive. 5) The other road well traveled. Do we really need to go back to the Stonewall Riots that were actually before my time? (Yes, there were events in recorded history that were *before* my time! he he) To be more precise, I was 13 months old when the Stonewall Riots began in June of 1969. There are a *lot* of people, and I do mean a *lot* of people that have also played very active parts, both willing and unwilling, in paving the way that made Mr. Sam's victory possible. Those people range from Harvey Milk to Matthew Shepherd, and thousands of people before them - and millions of people after. There has been a lot of blood, a lot of bruises and a lot of tears shed in the way of gay acceptance that has allowed gay people prominent public acceptance and public positions that would have been nothing more than an absurd thought just a couple decades ago. I will spare you my own personal stories where I feared my own life was in danger - just for minding my own business, and just for being myself (and more than one person has done prison time as a results of hate crimes done to me.) In many respects, the road that Mr. Sam is traveling did just open up a bit and it did become only slightly uncluttered, but there are many (many!) new obstacles the foreseeable future, and more just beyond that horizon. The war for equality is far from over - we have only just fought yet another battle in that long war. Head up, Mr. Sam! We've got your back! You betta play ball like ball has neva been played before! Unfortunately, we do not have the luxury of being "average". When a gay person steps into a testosterone-over-driven world, he / she has to quickly propel himself / herself far past the point of 'average' to even be taken seriously or to be 'kept in the running'. Keep on running, Mr. Michael Sam! We've got your six!

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

Ack! Michael Michael J Keller, we were scrolling on mobile and accidentally deleted one of your comments. We're so sorry! Thanks for the thoughtful discussion, all!

Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

Unfortunately, as a publicly gay athlete, the task ahead of him can be somewhat compared to plopping a drag queen down in the middle of Mainstream America. And again, it is unfortunate that there IS even a task ahead of him, but, yet, there still is! When Ms. RuPaul, for example, stepped onto the scene and became the only man to be a world spokesperson and model for Maybelline cosmetics, the necks of every straight critic snapped as she flew right by them and went to the top of the game. Here's the catch: Not only does Mr. Sam have to 'play ball', but he is charged with the task of playing ball better than the rest of them - because, if he doesn't, he's out. He can't do an 'average' job. He can't be an 'average' athlete. When you are trying to prove yourself in an arena that is hostile from the beginning, it is, indeed, an unfortunate fact that while 'average' might be good enough for the rest of the team, the public - and his peers - will prove that 'average' won't be good enough for him. He has to be far better than 'average' if he is to survive. If a drag queen enters Mainstream American, and does not go far beyond what we call 'booger drag' - 'average' or below average, you can stand anywhere and hear the uproar of laughs, giggles, general guffaws, pointing and jeers. However, if said drag queen (RuPaul and Ms. Sharon Needles are just two examples) step onto the scene, and they look better than any biological woman ever hoped to look on an average day, can we say, "Vanna, please tell her what she won?" It's a clear win! The same thing,unfortunately can be said for a gay man stepping into a testosterone-over-driven straight man's world. I hope Mr. Michael Sam plays his ass off. His only hope to gain the respect of SOME of you people is to play that damned game like nobody has every played it before - going beyond the level of most of his straight counterparts. That is the only way this man is ever going to survive in the currently caustic world of professional sports. Very much like the drag queen scenario that I just depicted, if a gay man steps into a straight man's world, he better play his ASS OFF, because if he doesn't, he'll never gain the respect of the majority of his peers or of football fans. Unfortunately for him, Mr. Sam can't be a 'booger drag queen'. There is no place for 'beginners' in this particular world. When he steps into that stadium , he has to be a proverbial RuPaul and quickly rise above the others. WERK IT! I know you can do it!

Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

Good God, woman! (Minimally, we have to assume that you understand that just because there are 2 gay people involved does mean we automatically 'connect'. All the straight people ont he planet aren't attracted to each other, nor do they automatically 'do' each other, and sauce for the goose is good for the gander. All gay people are not attracted to each other, nor do they want to 'do' each other. With that disclaimer put forth....") I've been in a committed relationship since Mr. Sam was 12 yrs. old! Lighten up, sister! I can be a raving fan without jeopardizing ANYBODY'S relationship whatsoever, and - lucky me! - for the first time in history, I can do so with a point of view from the same side of the fence! Now that we've already 'gone there', I believe everybody on the planet can be physically attracted to, they can love and / or permanently commit themselves to anybody they damned well please. And that also includes kissing. You can kiss - whether it be just a peck or a complete dental exam - anybody ya damned well please, too, despite what those starched Republicans might have to say about it. Mr Sam is, indeed a powerful fighter, and it seems that he has been so his entire life (that, I also understand VERY well from a personal stand point, and I find that fighting spirit VERY attractive!), but I guarantee you that I have been fighting a bunch of goons from an era that one day, our youth will most likely look back and think was nothing but pure (bad!) science fiction! If I had biological children, they would be 4 years older than Mr. Sam. But - I, too, was there, fighting for equality, when being gay was nowhere near close to being celebrated, but rather, it could get the crap beat out of you, or worse - being gay could get you killed for just walking down the wrong street, minding your own business. Every individual that has fought for equality up to this point deserves to own a part of Mr. Sam's victory. When you have had the crap beat out of you for just being YOU, please give me a call. Every one of those individuals have every right to share in his victory, because it is the results of their hard work, *too*, that made his victory possible in *this* present day. I do hope y'all understand. Much love and peace to ya.

Kevin Vance
Kevin Vance

His contract is $2.65 million with only $46,000 guaranteed Wtf.

Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

(OK. I'm obvious, and I wouldn't do well hiding in police line ups! If and when you ride in St. Louis' Gay Pride Parade, Mr. Sam, because I am so immensely proud of your accomplishments, I'll be the hot gent with the rockin' goatee in the not-so-cheap lookin' hat that is standing on the side of the parade, crying so much that my eyeliner runs cheering and screaming like a little school girl! he he)

Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

Damn! And this would have been the only time in the past 12 years that I would have felt the need to go to Just Johns. he he

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