In about a decade, while you're watching an 80-year old Alex Trebek on Jeopardy, you'll probably hear someone say the words, "Who is Michael Sam"? If the question was "Who was the first openly gay player in the NFL", then the contestant will win some cash. Because honestly, in about 10 years, hopefully less, Michael Sam will probably be the answer to a trivia question...unless he has an above-average football career.
Let's back up. In case you didn't hear the news this week, All-American linebacker and co-SEC defensive player of the year, Michael Sam came out of the closet. He told reporters that most of team knew anyway, but he officially told them last August....that was last August...right before the Tigers went on to their best season ever, finishing 12-2, winning the Cotton Bowl and finishing #5 in the country. So, for everyone who says a player like this would be a distraction to the team....I think he proved you wrong. Now he's gearing up for the NFL draft this Spring, and whoever picks him will be picking a solid player and a piece of history.
Lets do some Q&A of questions I always hear.
Why does he feel the need to "come out"? Like most lesbians and gay men, they have to live a lie until they come out. Because there are so many people in this world that can't accept someone in the LGBT community, they try to conform to 'normal' standards and be someone they're not. Not a nice way to live.
Dave, why are you always pushing 'the gay agenda'? First of all, I have no idea what a gay agenda is. To me, this is simply a question of civil rights. I've been criticized by plenty of listeners who say I try to shove this down their throat. I'm not gay, a member of GLAAD or have any close friends that are gay or lesbian, but I believe that everyone deserves equal rights.
What about people who switch between same sex and opposite sex relationships? Easy answer....bi-sexual....next question.
And once again, I have to repeat, being gay or lesbian is NOT a choice. When did you decide to be heterosexual? That's right, you didn't choose...you were attracted to the opposite sex because you were born that way. I don't know why people have such a hard time understanding that fact. Yes, I said fact. Would you choose to be an outcast, ostrasized and make your life infinitely more difficult? Didn't think so.
I michael Sam the Jackie Robinson of the gay community? Kinda. The only difference is that there were no blacks in baseball before Jackie Robinson, but there have been gay players in the NFL...they just haven't been out in the open yet.
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