Michael Sam, Lineman for Missouri State, Reveals He’s Gay [Twitter Reacts]

Michael Sam, Lineman for Missouri State, Reveals He’s Gay [Twitter Reacts] image Michael Sam Comes Out As Gay Twitter RespondsMissouri State Lineman Michael Sam Reveals Hes Gay [Twitter Reacts]

Missouri State University lineman Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman and the Associated Press’ SEC Defensive Player of the Year, announced in an interview on Sunday that he is gay. Sam stated publicly for the first time something his teammates already knew, saying, “I am an openly, proud gay man.”

Speaking on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Sam added, “I understand how big this is. It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be … I want to be a football player in the NFL.” The defensive player is eligible for the NFL draft in May. Should he be drafted, he will become the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL.

Michael Sam added that his decision to come out now, rather than after the draft, came after his experience at the Senior Bowl two weeks ago where it appeared that many people were already aware of his sexual orientation. He added, “I didn’t realize how many people actually knew, and I was afraid that someone would tell or leak something about me. I want to own my truth. … No one else should tell my story but me.”

The reaction on Twitter to Michael Sam’s announcement was mostly positive. Most users congratulated him for coming out, though a few criticized or simply didn’t care. Mizzou also voiced its support for its athlete.

Other users worried that Sam’s announcement would change his draft stock.

Then there was this user, who didn’t seem at all thrilled with the media reports on Michael Sam.

And. Well. There was Westboro Baptist Church’s response, and an announcement that the group will picket Mizzou in response to Michael Sam’s coming out.

We’ll have to wait until May to know how Sam’s decision to reveal his sexuality will play into his placement in the NFL draft.

[Image: Marcus Qwertyus]

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