Video: NFL prospect comes out as gay

posted at 9:21 am on February 10, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

“I may be the first,” Michael Sam told the New York Times, “but I won’t be the last.” The top-ranked NFL prospect from the University of Missouri became the first athlete to come out as gay before his NFL draft — and will be the first openly-gay athlete in the league once he signs with a team. And that will be inevitable, given his All-American status:

Just how big of a deal is this? It’s long been speculated that a number of athletes in the NFL, NBA, and major-league baseball are gay, but closeted — fearful of public disapproval and harassment by teammates. The Times frames the story in that direction:

But the N.F.L. presents the potential for unusual challenges. In the past year or so, it has been embroiled in controversies ranging from antigay statements from players to reports that scouts asked at least one prospective player if he liked girls. Recently, Chris Kluwe, a punter, said that he was subject to homophobic language from coaches and pushed out of a job with the Minnesota Vikings because he vocally supported same-sex marriage laws. And last week, Jonathan Vilma, a New Orleans Saints linebacker, said in an interview with NFL Network that he did not want a gay teammate.

“I think he would not be accepted as much as we think he would be accepted,” said Mr. Vilma, a 10-year league veteran.

In a statement Sunday night, the league said: “We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage. Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the N.F.L. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”

It’s worth noting that the Vikings vehemently challenge Kluwe’s version of events, too. And even if there is a residual “macho” mindset against gay athletes in the league, it’s not going to last for long. Americans have been rapidly more tolerant of gay and lesbian participants in the arts, in politics, and in other sports, notably women’s professional sports for decades now. For most people, the addition of professional men’s sports to that cultural shift will be a non-story. The NFL is not immune to the forces of the larger culture, after all.

If NFL fans want to get angry over something, how about focusing on how the league, its owners, and yes its players too hold cities for ransom to shake down taxpayers to fund their playgrounds? I’m a lot more concerned with that than with the private decisions made by consenting adults in their companionship off the field.

Update: According to Conn Carroll (and some commenters), Sam is a mid-level prospect:

https://twitter.com/conncarroll/status/432882490303213568

Duly noted, and I’ve changed the headline. But a senior who’s a first-team All-American coming off a big year is still going to be a significant prospect.


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Oh please let the Redskins draft him. Watching liberals protest and support the same team at the same time would be fun.

Flange on February 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM

notably women’s professional sports for decades now.

LOL.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 10, 2014 at 9:26 AM

“I just want you to own my truth, and as I jam it down your throat you will say, ‘Thank you may I have another?!’ or you’re a homophobic bigot.”

Akzed on February 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM

The love that dare not shut the **** up.

BKennedy on February 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Obama: “If I had a son husband…”

TX-eye on February 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

There’s 16 inches of snow in my backyard. I need a new muffler and have to sell my stock to pay for the emergency new furnace. And it’s zero degrees out.

I do not give a rat’s behind about what consenting adults do in their bedroom.

rbj on February 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Cue hundreds of conservatives who live in a culture that constantly bombards us with images of heterosexuals holding hands, hugging, making out and, if you’ve got cable, simulating various forms of intercourse, posting in this thread about how Michael Same is “shoving his sex life” in their faces by acknowledging the fact of his sexual identity.

Cue other conservatives claiming that this highly ranked NFL prospect is trying to make himself more relevant, and denying the incredibly bravery it takes to be the first openly gay man to enter one societies most masculine spaces, the NFL locker room.

Cue conservatives not reading the full story of Sam’s coming out, including his telling his team mates at Missouri years before he ever became an NFL prospect. And *not* telling the media when he did so. Because those events will challenge their attempt to diminish him as an “attention seeker.”

And……go!

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Apparently Townhall is needling Ed about the HotAir traffic quota this month.

KS Rex on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

I don’t care. I really don’t. I don’t care what consenting adults do behind closed doors.

307wolverine on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

The only truth he wants is to have his aberrant behavior accepted as normal–thus the evil-doers are only those who will still dare to speak the truth about what he is openly advocating as a good.

Don L on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Just how big of a deal is this?

I don’t know. How BIG does the media want to make it?

Personally, I could care less.

GarandFan on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

The love that dare not shut the **** up.

BKennedy on February 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

I laughed.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Liberals keep telling conservatives to stay out of private lives, but continually celebrate exposing their private lives. Can we please have more privacy?

SAZMD on February 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Oh please let the Redskins draft him. Watching liberals protest and support the same team at the same time would be fun.

Flange on February 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Oh! I think one of the teams with more sensitive fans should be at the front of the line. Philadelphia or New England come to mind.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Oh! I think one of the teams with more sensitive fans should be at the front of the line. Philadelphia or New England come to mind.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

“Patriots in pink” certainly ought to soften the aggressive image of the NFL.

Don L on February 10, 2014 at 9:31 AM

If NFL fans want to get angry over something, how about focusing on how the league, its owners, and yes its players too hold cities for ransom to shake down taxpayers to fund their playgrounds? I’m a lot more concerned with that than with the private decisions made by consenting adults in their companionship off the field.

Aw, so tolerant you are!

Except that you may have noticed that the point of this thread -with your name on it- is that this dope is hardly keeping it private!!!

Akzed on February 10, 2014 at 9:31 AM

He could save himself and the league a lot of headaches by not announcing his sexual preference in front of the cameras. Why make a big deal out of it, other than to put your name in the headlines? You don’t hear the other guys in the draft announcing that they are heterosexual.

Watch, the first time any of the veterans in camp take a dig at him for his performance he’ll complain they are picking on him because he is gay.

fogw on February 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Yawn

But for the lsm its a squirrel they can love

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Apparently Townhall is needling Ed about the HotAir traffic quota this month.

KS Rex on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Heh

22044 on February 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Liberals keep telling conservatives to stay out of private lives, but continually celebrate exposing their private lives. Can we please have more privacy?

SAZMD on February 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Exactly. Verbal exhibitionism.

307wolverine on February 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Cue hundreds of conservatives who live in a culture that constantly bombards us with images of heterosexuals holding hands, hugging, making out and, if you’ve got cable, simulating various forms of intercourse, posting in this thread about how Michael Same is “shoving his sex life” in their faces by acknowledging the fact of his sexual identity.

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Yep … no difference at all between procreating heterosexual behavior and the anal fixations of gay men. Nope. No difference at all …

I can’t wait for the beatialists to start coming out. Your defense of them ought to be a real hoot.

“Why not have guys screwing sheep on TV, just like we see guys screwing gals? It’s all just sex, you bigots …” – libfreeanddie

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Who cares if he is a h0m0sexual? Can he play football?

Who cares if he is a h0m0sexual? Can he fix my air conditioner?

Who cares if he is a h0m0sexual? Can he repair my car?

Who cares if he is a h0m0sexual? Can he govern?

Who cares if he is a h0m0sexual?

davidk on February 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

If he can play, he can play.

Don’t care who he sleeps with.

Red Cloud on February 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

diminish him as an “attention seeker.”

And……go!

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Speaking of attention seekers, I’m surprised you didn’t call everyone a racist in your little post. Like your pathetic attempt race baiting on Super Bowl Sunday.

Flange on February 10, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Oh please let the Redskins draft him. Watching liberals protest and support the same team at the same time would be fun.

Flange on February 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM

God help Sam if he ends up with a team that’s already known for being a media circus, like the Redskins, Cowboys or Jets (and with Washington, it’s not the name as much as it is Daniel Snyder acting like the less competent version of Jerry Jones over the past 17 years).

His best hope of success is to be drafted by a team that’s already established a winning system and can deal with both the media circus distractions of having him in training camp and the inevitable political grief, if Sam’s not starting immediately for their team (and woe to Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers if they draft him, since despite already having one of the NFL’s top defenses, the local gay rights activists will start charting every play to see if Sam is in and loudly crying homophobia if the Niners don’t make him the focal point of the D-line by the regular season opener).

jon1979 on February 10, 2014 at 9:34 AM

+100 sazmd

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Don’t care who he sleeps with. Red Cloud on February 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Me neither, but why does he care to tell me?

Do you care who he bleeds on?

Akzed on February 10, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Cue hundreds of conservatives who live in a culture that constantly bombards us with images of heterosexuals holding hands, hugging, making out and, if you’ve got cable, simulating various forms of intercourse, posting in this thread about how Michael Same is “shoving his sex life” in their faces by acknowledging the fact of his sexual identity.

Cue other conservatives claiming that this highly ranked NFL prospect is trying to make himself more relevant, and denying the incredibly bravery it takes to be the first openly gay man to enter one societies most masculine spaces, the NFL locker room.

Cue conservatives not reading the full story of Sam’s coming out, including his telling his team mates at Missouri years before he ever became an NFL prospect. And *not* telling the media when he did so. Because those events will challenge their attempt to diminish him as an “attention seeker.”

And……go!

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

And cue the chicken-assed liberals who may not agree with a gay lifestyle but are too afraid to engage their freedom of speech among their PC overlords.

(PS – I’m certainly not one of those conservatives LiverFreeandDie is talking about. I’m making a point)

Walter L. Newton on February 10, 2014 at 9:35 AM

I don’t get it – who cares? Really – who cares?

jake-the-goose on February 10, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Top NFL prospect comes out as gay”

Hardly.
He had an excellent year at Mizzou, but he was projecting a third round pick at best.
A serviceable but not elite talent.

RynoRedhawk on February 10, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Hopefully any team knows that while it would be very easy to draft him, if he doesn’t make the grade it would be virtually impossible to cut him without major consequences from the media and, possibly, the league fron office. Thus, to draft this guy is to risk millions of dollars and a roster spot as the cost of “inclusion”. Is is really worth it for a mid level defensive draft pick?

tommyboy on February 10, 2014 at 9:37 AM

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Strike one…
Strike two…
Strike three

22044 on February 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Who cares? Why is it considered so important for us to know what goes on behind closed doors…it is but a facet of a person’s life. Remember that long ago term…..private life?

It simply isn’t important to me, what people do in their sex life. Why allow yourself to be defined by one trait? That statement, whether he likes it or not, will follow him for the rest of his life. Does he really want that to be the hallmark of his career? Wouldn’t he rather be defined for exceptional playing skill?

Henceforth, he will be known as the first openly gay football player. Why not just be known as a football player?

By using the term “openly”, to me, is backhanded way of saying openly professing homosexuality is an unacceptable circumstance. Why don’t journalists realize that when they write that word?

Hence, why I prefer private life remaining private. I don’t want to know, nor do I care, one’s sexual orientation!

herm2416 on February 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

How can a guy slated to go in the 3rd round be called a “top prospect”? My concern is exactly what we’re seeing with Kluwe. Kluwe has said things were said in specialist meetings. Except other people in those meetings have said that never happened. If a team skips on Sam because perhaps they see the vast majority of his sacks come against bad or lesser teams (or he under performs at the combine), and they’re accused of being homophobic, how do they defend the charge?

Zaggs on February 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

I know zero about how the NFL draft works, but credit Michael Sam for disclosure before giving his team a surprise it might otherwise wish to avoid.

There are gay people in essentially every profession, from every walk of life.

matthew8787 on February 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Yes, it’s so “brave” to come out these days. What when doing so makes you an instant celebrity and the commissioners fall all over themselves to promote you as “the next big thing” in the league.

As for normal human relationships being blasted all over the airwaves – welcome to reality. Most conservatives have a problem with the overtly sexual culture in TV and film. Most liberals – like you – wish they’d amp up the perversion, depravity, and explicitness even more.

This is a Hail Mary Pass to get drafted by a better team on Sam’s part. Should we start keeping a scorecard on who is gay and who is not libfree? Is that the utopia you desire?

BKennedy on February 10, 2014 at 9:39 AM

I’m gay I’m gay I’m gay I’m gay I’m gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!! What’s that? Your daughter needs a kidney? I’M GAY!!!!! What? You’re out of work? I’M GAY!!!!!!!! Huh? Your mother has cancer? I AM GAY!!!!!! What? There’s a closet case effeminate Islamic appeaser in the White House???? I’M GAAAAAAAAAYYYY!!!!!!!!

PrettyMooch on February 10, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Cue hundreds of conservatives who live in a culture that constantly bombards us with images of heterosexuals holding hands, hugging, making out and, if you’ve got cable, simulating various forms of intercourse, posting in this thread about how Michael Same is “shoving his sex life” in their faces by acknowledging the fact of his sexual identity.

Cue other conservatives claiming that this highly ranked NFL prospect is trying to make himself more relevant, and denying the incredibly bravery it takes to be the first openly gay man to enter one societies most masculine spaces, the NFL locker room.

Cue conservatives not reading the full story of Sam’s coming out, including his telling his team mates at Missouri years before he ever became an NFL prospect. And *not* telling the media when he did so. Because those events will challenge their attempt to diminish him as an “attention seeker.”

And……go!

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Well at least you don’t stereotype. The truth is most conservatives probably don’t give a rat’s behind about this man’s sexuality. I sure don’t. Good for him and the NFL. They have their first openly gay male athlete in a major sports league(unless some NBA team quickly signs Jason Collins). You know what football fans are really concerned about? If he’s any good as a pro.

Doughboy on February 10, 2014 at 9:39 AM

And who cares except the media? Yeah another *first*. Pretty soon all of the *firsts* will be gone and we can resume normality.

Johnnyreb on February 10, 2014 at 9:39 AM

I don’t get it – who cares? Really – who cares?

jake-the-goose on February 10, 2014 at 9:37 AM

You all protest too much. You still traffic in notions that gay men are not “real men,” that they are feminine and weak (which is why they need the state to support and validate them right?). The comments on ESPN.com say it all. It *is* a big deal and you understand why, you’re just mad about it.

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Top NFL prospect comes out as gay

So? It’s riskier to come out as a conservative.

If this guy was a black conservative he’d be getting trashed by liberals.

lynncgb on February 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Watch, the first time any of the veterans in camp take a dig at him for his performance he’ll complain they are picking on him because he is gay.

my take is he goes in the third round, gets cut, and then blames all the ‘phobes in the NFL

DanMan on February 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM

As I posted in another thread. Kevin Meany says it the best (repeatedly)…

I don’t care.

Defenestratus on February 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM

He could save himself and the league a lot of headaches by not announcing his sexual preference in front of the cameras. Why make a big deal out of it, other than to put your name in the headlines? You don’t hear the other guys in the draft announcing that they are heterosexual.

Watch, the first time any of the veterans in camp take a dig at him for his performance he’ll complain they are picking on him because he is gay.

fogw on February 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Is he a good player? Maybe he’s looking to charge discrimination if he doesn’t get drafted.

davidk on February 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM

BKennedy on February 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

I don’t think I’ve ever declared a thread winner but this would be my choice. I laughed and laughed.

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Oh! I think one of the teams with more sensitive fans should be at the front of the line. Philadelphia or New England come to mind.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Why pigeonhole every Philadelphia fan as a bad egg because of a few drunk nutballs who show up at every game? Every city has them, but the media has it’s favorite targets.

A friend of mine went to an Eagles/Colts game back in the late 60s and did nothing more than walk down the steps waving an Eagles pennant when a Colts fan stood up and cold-cocked him right in the jaw. He spent the entire game in the stadium infirmary.

Every city has them. Idiots who ruin it for the rest of us.

Lighten up on Philly.

fogw on February 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM

There’s 16 inches of snow in my backyard. I need a new muffler and have to sell my stock to pay for the emergency new furnace. And it’s zero degrees out.

I do not give a rat’s behind about what consenting adults do in their bedroom.

rbj on February 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

I don’t care either, but I don’t appreciate him touting it and subjecting me and other like minded people to the notion that it is something to be proud of, glorified, and preached to our kids as being somehow normal. In other words…keep it in the bedroom like the rest of us do with our sexuality.

bimmcorp on February 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Cue the predictable and boring liberal.

2lbsTest on February 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM

You all protest too much. You still traffic in notions that gay men are not “real men,” that they are feminine and weak (which is why they need the state to support and validate them right?). The comments on ESPN.com say it all. It *is* a big deal and you understand why, you’re just mad about it.

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

And what’s “you all?” Everyone on this forum? Every conservative? Everyone on the planet? I’ve read a lot of your posts and never realized you were a bigot.

A first.

Walter L. Newton on February 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM

hawkdriver on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Good grief, do you survive on four hours of sleep? I have the answer for your meadow mowing equipment. Now keeping in mind that I am totally clueless about these things…….bigger tires.

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM

<blockquotelibfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

I’ll listen to your point the minute that some heterosexual “comes out” and lets the world know he’s “straight”….

Say what? It will never happen? Correct, because what heterosexuals choose to do in the bedroom is none of your business. And as for your comment about it being on tv, I also have a problem with it being thrown about. Which is why I don’t watch that crap. Between that and lousy doctor shows and law shows, about the only thing really worth watching is Bob Ross and his “happy trees”.

USNCVN on February 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Cue intolerant hypocrite.

Every American needs a few minutes in Walt Kowalski’s barber shop to learn how to stop being so precious.

Dongemaharu on February 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Cue conservatives not reading the full story of Sam’s coming out, including his telling his team mates at Missouri years before he ever became an NFL prospect. And *not* telling the media when he did so. Because those events will challenge their attempt to
libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

He revealed this to his teammates less than a year ago after he was a firmly established NFL prospect. This type of blatant lie is why nobody takes you seriously.

tommyboy on February 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM

So? It’s riskier to come out as a conservative.

If this guy was a black conservative he’d be getting trashed by liberals.

lynncgb on February 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM

This one…wins the thread for me

22044 on February 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM

You all protest too much. You still traffic in notions that gay men are not “real men,” that they are feminine and weak (which is why they need the state to support and validate them right?). The comments on ESPN.com say it all. It *is* a big deal and you understand why, you’re just mad about it.

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

You don’t get the results your bigotry expects, so you twist the attitude you didn’t expect us to have into hypocrisy.

Why are you even still around here?

You are a libtard fraud.

davidk on February 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM

You all protest too much.

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Who are you referring to? “You all”

jake-the-goose on February 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM

If he actually makes it on a roster, lets put bets on which MSNBC hosts makes a sexual orientation insult about Mr. Sam.

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM

You all protest too much. You still traffic in notions that gay men are not “real men,” that they are feminine and weak (which is why they need the state to support and validate them right?). The comments on ESPN.com say it all. It *is* a big deal and you understand why, you’re just mad about it.

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

You need to seek professional help for your projection issues. Seriously, it is getting worse.

Johnnyreb on February 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Oh please let the Redskins draft him. Watching liberals protest and support the same team at the same time would be fun.

Flange on February 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Thread winner

gwelf on February 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

And even if there is a residual “macho” mindset against gay athletes in the league, it’s not going to last for long. Americans have been rapidly more tolerant of gay and lesbian participants in the arts, in politics, and in other sports, notably women’s professional sports for decades now.

Absolutely. I wonder if you’ll even see more Americans tuning in!

HillAREwe on February 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

BKennedy on February 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

LOL!!!!!!!!!

dpduq on February 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

This is just another sign that America hates gay people because they won’t care about a gay man getting concussions.

gwelf on February 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Well at least you don’t stereotype. The truth is most conservatives probably don’t give a rat’s behind about this man’s sexuality. I sure don’t. Good for him and the NFL. They have their first openly gay male athlete in a major sports league(unless some NBA team quickly signs Jason Collins). You know what football fans are really concerned about? If he’s any good as a pro.

Doughboy on February 10, 2014 at 9:39 AM

My guess is the bigger problem for the team that drafts him is if he’s not good as a pro. Odds are there all the liberals who were ragging on those wanting Tim Tebow to play more despite his limitations as a passer will be throwing conspiracy theories around and crying homophobia if Sam doesn’t start.

That’s why for both him and for the team that makes the pick it’s better is Sam goes to an NFL team with an established winning system. It’s why Bill Belichick could sign and then cut Tim Tebow this past pre-season without the same media circus as in Denver or New York, because he’s won enough in New England that nobody’s going to question his on-field player personnel decisions.

jon1979 on February 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

USNCVN on February 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Obviously there are days when block quoting is very hard. It usually happens on the low caffein days such as today. And that should be a lesson to all of us.

USNCVN on February 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

How can a guy slated to go in the 3rd round be called a “top prospect”?

my take as well Zaggs I thought Ed kept up with f’ball

DanMan on February 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

You know, I’m a pretty tolerant guy but you are now impossible to tolerate. You define the word “jerk” and demonstrate it daily. If you have a point you would like to make, make it instead of projecting your intolerance onto others.

Vince on February 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Cue hundreds of conservatives who live in a culture that constantly bombards us with images of heterosexuals holding hands, hugging, making out and, if you’ve got cable, simulating various forms of intercourse, posting in this thread about how Michael Same is “shoving his sex life” in their faces by acknowledging the fact of his sexual identity.
Cue other conservatives claiming that this highly ranked NFL prospect is trying to make himself more relevant, and denying the incredibly bravery it takes to be the first openly gay man to enter one societies most masculine spaces, the NFL locker room.
Cue conservatives not reading the full story of Sam’s coming out, including his telling his team mates at Missouri years before he ever became an NFL prospect. And *not* telling the media when he did so. Because those events will challenge their attempt to diminish him as an “attention seeker.”
And……go!
libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

You keep using that word “cue”. I don’t think it means what you think it means. You also keep using that word “conservative”. I know that word doesn’t mean what you think it means.

smellthecoffee on February 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Why is this a big deal? What would really be surprising is if a male figure skater came out as straight.

Little Napoleon on February 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

You all protest too much. You still traffic in notions that gay men are not “real men,” that they are feminine and weak (which is why they need the state to support and validate them right?). The comments on ESPN.com say it all. It *is* a big deal and you understand why, you’re just mad about it.

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

What part of “We don’t care what someone’s ‘sexual orientation’ is” don’t you understand?

Accusing us of being prejudice and when we show that are not, you accuse us of hypocrisy. Quit stereotyping us.

You are the bigot.

davidk on February 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

You all protest too much.
libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

You have zero self awareness.

gwelf on February 10, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Top NFL prospect comes out as gay

Nothing wrong with being happy.

Bmore on February 10, 2014 at 9:49 AM

So don’t care. Just want to watch a good football game.

txag92 on February 10, 2014 at 9:49 AM

He revealed this to his teammates less than a year ago after he was a firmly established NFL prospect. This type of blatant lie is why nobody takes you seriously.

tommyboy on February 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM

He told closer friends on the team a number of years ago, watch the ESPN interview with his closest friend on the team. And, I’ll point out, that he had an amazing season *after* coming out, clearly this does nothing to negatively impact performance or team cohesion.

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Cue pathetic troll, stuck in the past, that has no clue what real bravery is. Not only is it not in the least bit brave to declare one’s self homosexual, there is potential upside to doing so. Homosexuals are not discriminated against, and many teams will be clamoring to add him to their rosters in a misguided attempt to portray themselves as open minded.

Now cowardly little troll, perhaps you could stop being so cowardly and finally respond to the following?

Here’s a simple question for you. Which of the founding fathers did not subscribe to the communitarian ethos Calhoun deploys to rationalize slavery? *sets sundial*

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

None. They weren’t nascent Commies like John C. Calhoun, and full blown Commies like you. Don’t you think you need to provide some proof for such a ridiculous smear there Mr. Calhoun? You’re a history perfesser, right?

NotCoach on August 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Oh dear God….hold on, give me 10 minutes.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

NotCoach on February 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Why pigeonhole every Philadelphia fan as a bad egg because of a few drunk nutballs who show up at every game? Every city has them, but the media has it’s favorite targets.

I think it comes from the time they booed Santa Claus. I remember watching the game on TV and asking my Dad why they were booing Santa Claus. I get that it was the last game of the season and the fans were just PO’d at the world, but to boo Santa Claus….

307wolverine on February 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

You all protest too much. You still traffic in notions that gay men are not “real men,” that they are feminine and weak (which is why they need the state to support and validate them right?). The comments on ESPN.com say it all. It *is* a big deal and you understand why, you’re just mad about it.

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Who’s trafficing in notions now? Accusing everyone on here of believing that gay men are not “real men”? Where the hell is your evidence of that? It IS a big deal to some and I understand why. But for those of us who don’t politicize everything including a person’s sexual preference, it doesn’t amount to a damn thing.

Doughboy on February 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

“I just want you to own my truth, and as I jam it down your throat you will say, ‘Thank you may I have another?!’ or you’re a homophobic bigot.”

Akzed on February 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM

I have no idea what is being jammed down your throat or if you like it, but I don’t see this dude doing anything that should cause offense to any reasonable person.

MJBrutus on February 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

You don’t get the results your bigotry expects, so you twist the attitude you didn’t expect us to have into hypocrisy.

Why are you even still around here?

You are a libtard fraud.

davidk on February 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM

+1

gwelf on February 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Does libfreeordie ever debate an issue? Or does he just drop in here, break up his logjam with a stick, drop the turds and leave?

Walter L. Newton on February 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

If he actually makes it on a roster, lets put bets on which MSNBC hosts makes a sexual orientation insult about Mr. Sam.

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM

They’ll just do what lielikealib does and just make up insults that they wished conservatives had said, and then attack that as real.

Flange on February 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

gwelf on February 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

I’m with Gwelf.

USNCVN on February 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Well this morning is starting off nice.

Woke up. Sparked a bowl. Made myself a Bloody Mary and some Feta cheese scrambie eggs, hopped on HotAir to check the latest, and I find this thread with all the usual whiny wingnuts.

Face the facts baggers. Acceptance of homosexuals is increasing and it’s not going back. The more you fight it, the more you will lose. As acceptance for gays rise, religious fairy tale participation falls

Enjoy you long, slow march towards irrelevancy :)

LeftoCenter on February 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Nobody cares…

PatriotRider on February 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Didn’t care yesterday, don’t care today, wont care tomorrow.

If you aren’t hurting anyone,live your life the way you want.

Gatsu on February 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

So? It’s riskier to come out as a conservative.

If this guy was a black conservative he’d be getting trashed by liberals.

lynncgb on February 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM

This one…wins the thread for me

22044 on February 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Seconded.

Fallon on February 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

How can a guy slated to go in the 3rd round be called a “top prospect”?

Zaggs on February 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Part of the self-generated “controversy” If he doesn’t go in the 3rd then it must be because the NFL hates gays or something. If he doesn’t go in the 4th then there is a “culture of hatred” against gays. If he doesn’t go in the 5th, the gay groups are going to be lined up demanding extortion money from the NFL to create sensitivity programs to make football more welcoming to sodomites.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

So? It’s riskier to come out as a conservative.

If this guy was a black conservative he’d be getting trashed by liberals.

lynncgb on February 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Yep.

Gatsu on February 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

We are watching the slow, or maybe, rapid end to the freedom if religion and speech in this country. Add this to gay marriage and anyone who says homosexuality is a sin or refuses to participate in a gay wedding will be punished. Too bad many conservatives can’t make the connection. Supporting gay rights, specifically, marriage, us just like supporting ObamaCare. Just another anti-Christian Liberal mandate.

Blue Collar Todd on February 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

That’s why for both him and for the team that makes the pick it’s better is Sam goes to an NFL team with an established winning system. It’s why Bill Belichick could sign and then cut Tim Tebow this past pre-season without the same media circus as in Denver or New York, because he’s won enough in New England that nobody’s going to question his on-field player personnel decisions.

jon1979 on February 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Except that Tim Tebow’s brief NFL career was entirely launched by organized evangelical pressure and promotion of a QB who couldn’t throw the football properly. And at the time, the social cons had no problem and couldn’t understand why we all couldn’t support the “brave” Tim Tebow who was “living his truth” by sharing his faith and “Tebowing” and not having sex before marriage and blah blah blah. We knew more about Tebow’s struggle with abstinence and his mother’s relationship to abortion (to very private matters) than we know about Michael Sam’s sex life. And yet still you will claim that Sam is “shoving it in your face.” The hypocrisy is immense.

libfreeordie on February 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Obviously there are days when block quoting is very hard. It usually happens on the low caffein days such as today. And that should be a lesson to all of us.

USNCVN on February 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

It happens to the best of us

gwelf on February 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Crap. I was going to take it easy today. I hate these self-righteous leftist bigots.

You libs need to look at the Ukraine and shudder.

davidk on February 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Cue hundreds of conservatives who live in a culture that constantly bombards us with images of heterosexuals holding hands, hugging, making out and, if you’ve got cable, simulating various forms of intercourse, posting in this thread about how Michael Same is “shoving his sex life” in their faces by acknowledging the fact of his sexual identity.

If we could only hear about homosexuality in proportion to their demographics.

That would be nice. Like 1-2% of the time. How refreshing would that be? Instead it’s GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY GIVE ME YOUR CHILD AND LET ME TELL THEM ABOUT GAY GAY GAY GAY!

p0s3r on February 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Apparently Townhall is needling Ed about the HotAir traffic quota this month.

KS Rex on February 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Ed could solve this problem with a main post showing the full videoclip of Laura Ingraham on Fox News Sunday taking down the entire panel on illegal immigration.

BuckeyeSam on February 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

LeftoCenter

Reading comprehension is your friend, LoC Pajama Boy.

22044 on February 10, 2014 at 9:54 AM

If NFL fans want to get angry over something, how about focusing on how the league, its owners, and yes its players too hold cities for ransom to shake down taxpayers to fund their playgrounds?

This is true. It’s absolute extortion, all too keep billionaires happy….ridiculous.

I have assumed that there were gay athletes in professional sports all along…the fact that they announce it doesn’t change anything as far as I’m concerned. I don’t care if one is a homosexual or not, but it is because I don’t care that it still bugs me that they feel the need to make a big production out of it. Just live your life and stop trying to make everyone else validate your choices.

changer1701 on February 10, 2014 at 9:55 AM

BuckeyeSam on February 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

She embarrassed herself, talking over Will and the others. Maybe she feels good about acting that way on her own show, but on this occasion she was just out of line.

MJBrutus on February 10, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Ed could solve this problem with a main post showing the full videoclip of Laura Ingraham on Fox News Sunday taking down the entire panel on illegal immigration.

BuckeyeSam on February 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

I like this idea.

22044 on February 10, 2014 at 9:55 AM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

As Ed notes, ‘Americans have been rapidly more tolerant’.
And some of that credit for that belongs to the ThePrimordialOrderedPairs of the world.
Not hard to find the winning argument when you have relics like that spouting inane gibberish.
Give that guy a stage and a megaphone, I say.

verbaluce on February 10, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Is he a good player? Maybe he’s looking to charge discrimination if he doesn’t get drafted.

davidk on February 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM

This is what’s happening.

His agent probably advised him to play this up so some team would take him.

Without this PR angle he’s just another player.

tetriskid on February 10, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Really? Well isn’t that special?
Now I can finally get on with my life.

But does that mean he won’t be having 12 kids with 10 different women?

Jomama on February 10, 2014 at 9:55 AM

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