While I’m a fan of Michael Sam’s work on the football field in the NCAA and I support his coming out and becoming the first openly gay player to be drafter into the NFL, and possibly the first to make an opening day roster, it appears that the suspected circus is getting ready to come to town in St. Louis. (nydailynews) There has been a lot of talk since the moment that Michael Sam announced in an ESPN interview that he’s a proud, open, gay man that he would be treated differently because of his announcement, that he would be given more press and publicity just because he came out. (bostonglobe) When the Rams drafted Sam in the seventh round first we heard the people saying it was just a P.R. Stunt by the team because he played for the Missouri Tigers, because there’s no way the team could possibly feel that a man who was an All-American, and the SEC’s co-defensive player of the year could warrant being drafted. (nytimes) Then came the juvenile attempts at comedy by the masses, making jokes about his crying, about the name of the team that drafted him, and even taking shots at him for his emotional outpouring when he and his partner kissed, it showed exactly how far we haven’t come as humans on the evolutionary scale. (complex)
When Sam was drafted it was a great moment for the NFL, the gay community, and the evolved males and females of the world who were proud to have just witnessed such a historic moment unfolding. (cnn) Once he was drafted my thought was that he might have a press conference, address the media, then take a step back from the public’s view in order to focus on making the team, because being the first openly gay player drafted means little if you can’t make the final roster of the team. (profootballtalk) Just days after his first appearance as a member of the Rams came news that Michael Sam had been given a reality show from the Oprah Winfrey Network. (profootballtalk) While the idea of documenting the historic journey of this young man as he attempts to make the opening day roster in the NFL is a good idea, making use of a “reality show” in this age when such shows have become so fake, contrived that they make scripted programming look like a documentary, is hardly the best way to go about it. (cracked) I applaud Michael Sam for his achievement, I just hope that this television deal doesn’t do more harm than good and that he’s able to make the opening day roster in St. Louis, history has been made, now it’s time to see how it unfolds in the coming weeks and months.