Skip to comments.For N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam, Upbringing Was Bigger Challenge Than Coming Out as Gay
Posted on 02/11/2014 12:51:23 PM PST by Second Amendment First
COLUMBIA, Mo. Michael Sam was the loud country boy who wore a tank top and a cowboy hat. He was the smooth-singing baritone who could irritate his coaches and crack up his teammates with his improvised songs.
He was one of the best players to come out of tiny Hitchcock, Tex., where his family was well known for all the wrong reasons. He was an all-American and defensive terror on the football field. He was a regular at the gay club where the bartenders knew him by name.
Sam introduced himself to the world Sunday night as an N.F.L. prospect who just happens to be gay. Now, he is poised to become a trailblazer in a violent and macho world that will scrutinize his every action and turn his private life into a very public debate. Related Coverage
But Sam has never had it easy. He grew up about 40 miles southeast of Houston near Galveston Bay in Texas, the seventh of eight children. Three of his siblings have died and two brothers are in prison. He lived briefly in the back seat of his mothers car, and his relationship with his family remains complicated: when he visits home, he usually stays with friends.
But to get a sense of the challenges awaiting Sam, look no further than his father.
Last Tuesday, Michael Sam Sr. was at a Dennys near his home outside Dallas to celebrate his birthday when his son sent him a text message.
Dad, Im gay, he wrote.
The party stopped cold. I couldnt eat no more, so I went to Applebees to have drinks, Sam Sr. said. I dont want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment.
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He didn’t like the way he was reared?
"Only two things come out of Texas...."
Time to stop watch the NFL if he’s drafted.
High school, college, graduate school, wife, job, house, cars, vacations, being overweight, feeling bad about my job, anything at all. I just let the folks at the White Guy Club know about my distress, and they took care of it for me.
Thanks, White Guy Club!
He is a Louisiana fruit who didn’t make it all the way to California.
I guess he can always play wide receiver for the San Francisco Fudge Packers.
“Steers and ...”
R. Lee Ermey in Platoon
White Loan Officer: Uh, Harry, why don't you, uh, take your break now? I'll take care of.. uh.. Mr. White.
Loan Officer: Well.. okay. Thanks, Bob. [ exits ]
White Loan Officer: [ laughs, then sits ] That was a close one, wasn't it?
Eddie Murphy: It certainly was.
White Loan Officer: We don't have to bother with these formalities, do we, Mr. White? Huh?
Eddie Murphy: What a silly Negro!
White Loan Officer: Just take what you want, Mr. White. Pay us back anytime. Or don't. We don't care.
Why's that? It's not like some team is going to draft him because he's gay. No NFL team would waste a precious early-round draft pick on a publicity stunt like that. He'll only be drafted if a team believes he fits a need for that team - and, as a top-ranked defensive lineman, I'm sure there are several teams who could use his services.
If they really would go out, I'd be very happy.
I’ll bet he’s all “lawyered up” waiting for any team to turn him down. It’s disgusting that we even had to know that this guy was a sexual pervert much less to see him being praised for his “strength” and “heroism” for coming “out.” He’s a disgusting pervert and I wish him the worst.
When will this crap stop?
Another college changing people for the worst.
Steers and queers LOL!
Eddie Murphy’s gay Mr T skit would fit well here.
I am curious as to how his little announcement is going to affect his draft status. If I were an NFL coach, I think I would want to steer clear of someone looking for this kind of publicity at this point in his “professional career”, just for the sake of avoiding potential drama. If he ends up being picked very late, the enter LGBT or whatever it is called will have a new target for demonizing.
“Im old-school, he added. Im a man and a woman type of guy. As evidence, he pointed out that he had taken an older son to Mexico to lose his virginity.”
Yeah, why that dad is a paragon of virtue! Gets a hooker for his son! A Mexican hooker, lucky his son didn’t get aids.
“Hey boy, you look mighty cute in them jeans....”