All-American defensive lineman for the Missouri Tigers, Michael Sam has come out as gay man that plays football. Sam is slated as a top draft pick and some say he should have waited until he was actually drafted before announcing his sexual orientation. Some folks believe that he may have hurt his chances of being drafted by his admission. There are several things I don’t understand about this and maybe it’s my naievte.
Why should this admission hinder his chances of being drafted? If he is a good football player and would be an assest to an NFL team then that’s the only thing that should matter, right?
There are approximately 2.5M gay males in the U.S.; there are 32 NFL teams and 53 players per team, which means there are 1,696 men playing professional football, so it stands to reason that there a few gay men already playing. I know it’s been reported that he will be the first openly gay player, but again why should it hinder him being drafted? I understand that American football is tradtionally seen as a ‘manly’ sport, but I still don’t understand the brouhaha behind Sam’s announcement.
Apprantly Sam is a really talented player — after all he was voted All-American — so why should and why does his sexual preference/orientation preceede and overshadow his talent?
Is it Michael Sam, football player or Michael Sam gay football player?
I vote for Michael Sam, football player; but I can hear it now, “You know Michael Sam, the gay football player?”
What are your thoughts on this? Should this be a big deal? Or are we making something out of nothing? Do you think the number of people that care outweigh the number of people that don’t care about him being a football player that’s gay?