Michael Sam's Dad Reacts To Coming Out Headlines: "I'm A Man-And-A-Woman Kind Of Guy"
Michael Sam didn't have to look further than his own family to find a homophobic reaction to his public coming out on Sunday. Though friends and teammates have known about the NFL prospect's sexual orientation for some time, his father, Michael Sam Sr., found out with the rest of America on Sunday.
He was celebrating his birthday at a Denny's outside Dallas when his son sent him a text.
"Dad, I'm gay."
The message ended the celebration for Sam Sr.
“I couldn’t eat no more, so I went to Applebee’s to have drinks,” the father of the biggest headline maker in the country told the New York Times. “I don’t want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment. I’m old school. I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy.”
Sam Sr. went on to add that Deacon Jones, an NFL Hall of Famer celebrated for his perceived toughness, "is turning over in his grave" because of his gay football-playing son.
Still, the conflicted dad told the NYT that he loves Michael and hopes he makes it into the NFL.
Lucky for us, the at-home homophobia seems to have only emboldened Sam Jr. in his effort to be a game changer.