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This Happened on ESPN

Jim Burroway

May 12th, 2014
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Michael Sam celebrated his getting drafted by the St. Louis Rams by smashing some cake into his boyfriend’s face before going in for another kiss.

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Rob in San Diego
May 12th, 2014 | LINK

I’m a bit ticked off that no one picked him till the 7th round. I was really hoping that the Chargers would of picked him on the first round.

Eric Payne
May 12th, 2014 | LINK

Before he came out, publicly — though he’d been out to his team for awhile– Sam was named “the best” by, essentially, every sports statistician and team’s scouts in the country, sure to be a first-round draft pick.

Then he came out.

And he becomes, literally, the last draft pick?

I’m glad a team picked him up… but, seriously, last? Did his stats somehow change?

CPT_Doom
May 12th, 2014 | LINK

Well technically Eric he was 7th from the last pick and that was somewhat impacted by his poor combine performance, but he was only ever predicted as a 4th-6th round pick anyway because he’s a bit undersized for the NFL. I do think the concern about having to deal with the media after drafting the first openly gay player in the league’s history hurt him however. Interestingly this was not the first gay kiss on ESPN, but the first one was between a pro bowler and his husband after a championship, so far fewer fundie heads exploded. I loved how all the tough football fans were so grossed out by a couple kisses – what big men they all are.

Eric Payne
May 12th, 2014 | LINK

Yep.. but absolutely loved the Dolphin’s fast response to Don Jones’ tweet reaction to ESPN’s broadcast of Sam’s moment!

Eric Payne
May 12th, 2014 | LINK

As for Sam’s poor combine performance — it was nerves. Here he was, just another college player… but with whom was sports media obsessed? There was a ton or two additional, invisible, weight placed on him — he not only had to prove he could play, he had to prove he had the manliness to play.

And you and I both know, as ESPN was broadcasting Sam’s reaction as he received his pick-up call and began crying, there were “manly” football fans across the country who didn’t see the pent-up emotion and anxiety of a 20-something kid being released, they saw some soft pansy whose crying simply proved he doesn’t have what it takes to be in the big league.

Spunky
May 12th, 2014 | LINK

Well said, CPT_Doom. I hope Sam becomes a solid NFL player.

And Eric Payne, I also was pleased about the Dolphins’ reaction to Don Jones’ statements.

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