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Who is Michael Sam's boyfriend?

 

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In a celebration worthy announcement, Missouri Defensive End, and SEC defensive player of the year Michael Sam has announced that he is gay.  According to Adam Schefter, Sam is projected as a mid round draft pick, and barring an unexpected announcement prior to May's draft, will make history as the first gay player in the history of the National Football League.

Sam came out to teammates and coaches during camp in August of 2013 during a session of telling the team something about himself.  While all members associated with the Missouri Tigers squad protecting his status from the public eye, despite Sam never asking this protection of anyone he chose to confide in.  On Sunday, Sam conducted interview with the New York Times, and ESPN's Outside the Lines to acknowledge that he is gay, telling both sources,  "I am an openly, proud gay man."

While there is an air of tolerance and almost excitement at the announcement, the obvious subsequent question to this news is of course, "Who is Michael Sam's boyfriend?" In an era where public outing is considered taboo and incomprehensible, Sam isn't about to say.  He did acknowledge in his interviews that he dated a fellow Mizzou athlete, but noted that the person was not a football player.

Sam's upbringing was filled with personal tragedy and obstacles along his way to 11.5 sacks and 19 TFL in his senior season, explaining to Outside the Lines how this was an easy decision for him:

I endured so much in my past: seeing my older brother killed from a gunshot wound, not knowing that my oldest sister died when she was a baby and I never got the chance to meet her. My second oldest brother went missing in 1998, and me and my little sister were the last ones to see him ... my other two brothers have been in and out of jail since 8th grade, currently both in jail.Telling the world I'm gay is nothing compared to that.

Michael Sam discussed how well received he was by the Tigers locker room, and hopes that translates into the NFL for the new path he blazes.  He just came out to his parents within the last week knowing that these stories were on the verge of being released.  He joined Twitter immediately following the ESPN piece, and launched his Twitter career by saying, I want to thank everybody for their support and encouragement,especially , and . I am proud to tell my story to the world!

The NFL has already commented on this news, in an official statement saying:

We admire Michael Sam's honesty and courage.  Michael is a football player.  Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL.

In the signature quote to end his interview with OTL, Sam states:

I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: I'm a college graduate. I'm African American, and I'm gay.  I'm comfortable in my skin.

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15 Responses to “Who is Michael Sam's boyfriend?”

  1. Anonymous

    I'm gay my self and I have a boyfriend and a son their names can't be released for security purposes

  2. Patricia

    To each thier own

  3. Anonymous

    Missouri tiger here for life.

  4. stewart

    Mike, I'm so happy for you. I'm gay to, but when I was your age we had to stay on the "Downlow" to avoid the negativity, from the community and suffer the consequences of homophobic discrimination. You will be drafted and accepted by a team, and hopefully by my home team The Atlanta Falcons.

  5. stewart turner

    We don't need to know who his boy friend is! You don't have to have a boy friend to be gay!

  6. Tee

    Mike, I'm so happy for you. I'm gay to, but when I was your age we had to stay on the "Downlow" to avoid the negativity, from the community and suffer the consequences of homophobic discrimination. You will be drafted and accepted by a team, and hopefully by my home team The Atlanta Falcons. Maybe you can organize a "gay players boyfriend support group.

  7. Tee

    The secrets of the locker room!

  8. Tee

    Don't ask, don't tell. Soon, we can accept each other without questions.

  9. Anonymous

    Play ball!

  10. lisa

    I really don't give a hoot if you like men or women or freakin trees. Stop putting you sexuality on tv, we don't care. If you wanna play football, then PLAY. And keep your dirty secrets to YOURSELF. STUPID STUPID STUPID to come out right before the draft, and I'm sorry but I have two sons who play football and they would NOT want to be in the locker room naked with Michael Sam. Just sayin. But Good luck to ya.

  11. Joe B

    Lisa,

    Did you actually ASK your two boys that? Thats a bizarre question to ask. It would never occur to me to ask my kids that question. What do you care? How does this enrage you when you turn on the TV at any time and see gratuitous violence--murder, rape, sexual assault, bloody fights, domestic violence, to name a few. THAT should upset you. People describing their sexuality should be the LEAST of your worries.

  12. Joe B

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    Lisa,
    Did you actually ASK your two boys that? Thats a bizarre question to ask. It would never occur to me to ask my kids that question. What do you care? How does this enrage you when you turn on the TV at any time and see gratuitous violence--murder, rape, sexual assault, bloody fights, domestic violence, to name a few. THAT should upset you. People describing their sexuality should be the LEAST of your worries.
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  13. nick

    Lisa, how come its okay for a player to announce they just got married but Michael cm should have to keep his lifestyle ace secret and why do you have to post it as being dirty it sounds offensive

  14. nick

    I think it's an honest news to tell the NFL that you are gay before you sign up with a team and the world finds out from some scandal can you you lose the respect of all your teammates and make it more controversy than it needs to be I think he's letting everybody know where he stands that way he doesn't sign up with a team who does not want to be affiliated with a gay person I think it's a smart thing to do

  15. tim

    We had a gay guy on my high school football team. Dude was always trying to give
    other players the eye and was constantly making other players uncomfortable. It was a very
    weird situation for all.

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