NFL Reacts To First Likely Openly Gay Football Star, Michael Sam
The NFL has finally evolved to a modern sports league thanks to prospect Michael Sam's decision to come out publicly. Though many neanderthals have attempted to revert humanity to the Pleistocene with disparaging comments, it's been humbling to see reactions from many in the NFL exalt the moment in history and the newsmaker himself.
Michael Sam isn't the 1st gay player in the NFL although he is the 1st 2 come out.#realtalk Let's show him love like a family member. Truth
— DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) February 10, 2014
Glad Michael Sam came out. Tired of hypotheticals regarding how team/fans would react. Let's find out.
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) February 10, 2014
Good for Michael Sam.. Hopefully this'll inspire others to be comfortable and proud of who they are
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 10, 2014
Michael Sam much respect. #Salute
— Kirk Morrison (@kirkmorrison) February 10, 2014
It appears that @Mikesamfootball is a very high character guy. Beyond athletics, this is what u need in the locker room, & on the field. -SG
— steve gleason (@TeamGleason) February 10, 2014
After getting to know Michael Sam over the course of the last few weeks, I am very impressed with what I learned... http://t.co/IvhyLvrMi9
— Brendon Ayanbadejo (@brendon310) February 10, 2014
I could care less about a man's sexual preference! i care about winning games and being respectful in the locker room!
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) February 10, 2014
There is no room for bigotry in American sports. It takes courage to change the culture.
— Malcolm Smith (@MalcSmitty) February 10, 2014
— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 10, 2014
As far as an official reaction from the NFL goes, Greg Aiello, the league's communications guy, gives us this gem:
...Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.
— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) February 10, 2014
(Source: Twitter; h/t: Deadspin)