Posted: 12:39 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
History is about to be made.
Michael Sam, who is a defensive end for Mizzou Tigers of the University of Missouri, has come out in interviews with The New York Times and ESPN Sunday night.
“I am an openly, proud gay man,” he said.
Michael graduated in December and is a highly sought after athlete in the NFL draft, becoming the first openly gay athlete in any of the Big 4 drafts and he will likely be the first openly gay NFL player.
Before his announcement, Michael’s publicist Howard Bragman introduced to him to athletes including openly gay former NFL players Dave Kopay and Wade Davis Jr., openly gay NBA player Jason Collins, openly gay former Major League Baseball player Billy Bean, as well as outspoken straight allies and former NFL players Brendan Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe.
This is the fifth professional athlete that Bragman has helped come out of the closet.
“By rewriting the script for countless young athletes, Michael has demonstrated the leadership that, along with his impressive skills on the field, makes him a natural fit for the NFL,” said GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis. “With acceptance of LGBT people rising across our coasts — in our schools, churches, and workplaces — it’s clear that America is ready for an openly gay football star.”