After publicly revealing his homosexuality in February, Football player Michael Sam is now the first openly gay football player in the NFL!
Via NY Daily News reports:
The St. Louis Rams selected Michael Sam in the seventh round of the NFL draft Saturday — making him the first openly gay player to be drafted into the league.
Cameras were rolling as Sam, after learning the news, broke down in tears and planted one on the mouth of his boyfriend. The unscripted embrace sent social media abuzz and capped a historic night for the NFL.
“Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis,” Sam tweeted afterward. “I’m using every [ounce] of this to achieve greatness!!”
The Rams’ selection of Sam as the 249th overall pick prompted celebrations at gay bars stretching from the city of Angels to the borough of Queens.
“He wasn’t picked because he’s gay; he was picked because he has talent,” said Jordan Willard, 32, who was celebrating Sam’s achievement at the Pride Restaurant Lounge in Forest Hills.
“I think with him coming out and now being drafted as an openly gay player, he’s going to show gay youth it’s okay to be comfortable in your own skin and aspire to what you want to be.”
All 32 NFL teams passed on the 2013 Southeast Conference co-defensive player of the year as the draft meandered late into the seventh and final round.
The defensive end’s sexual orientation probably had less impact on his draft disappointment than a poor workout at the annual combine, where scouts assess the upcoming NFL prospects.