I think the timing of his announcement is a calculated business decision. He's set for life and he hasn't played one down in the NFL.
Perhaps this is the passive aggressive way of saying someone doesn't want a gay player that Shoe was talking about. And btw, the entire team has known about him for a while now, including his dad. This guy has character. I put money on it!
That being said, I think Pittsburgh would be a fine place for him if he makes the grade. And 10 years ago this board would be sounding off against hot political topics like this. Goes to show you how things have changed. I am impressed the discussion has been all football!!
Being homosexual isn't a "preference"...nor is it a "behavior"...it is an orientation...
I'm sure he would have preferred to keep it private, knowing that his draft stock would drop (which, apparently, it has) and the odd anti-gay bias he would face (this thread is but a microcosm of the real world in that way)...but, if he doesn't address it, it becomes an issue (just as it did with Colorado's Nick Kasa) at the combine...causing his draft stock to drop...
Finally, questions like:
Hey Sam...what's it like being an openly gay man in an NFL locker room?
Have nothing to do with anyone's sexual orientation, preference or behavior...they have to do with the conduct of the other players/organizational members...as long as those people are behaving in a professional manner, he can simply answer, "Great! It hasn't been an issue!" or "It's no different than being a heterosexual football player."Quote:
Hey Sam, do people treat you different know that you have come out?
I think hes probably a better conversion guy to a SAM in a 43 than a 34 OLB. Hes not really a good pass rusher despite the sack totals.
Pittsburgh would be a fine place for him, as would several other teams....but realistically for how well put together the locker room is, the city itself is not exactly gay friendly
Michael Sam Sr. told The New York Times that he received the news last Tuesday when his son wrote in a text: "Dad, I'm gay."
Sam's father took the news hard. He said he was eating at a Denny's restaurant but had to leave after receiving the text.
"I couldn't eat no more, so I went to Applebee's to have drinks," Sam Sr. told the newspaper. "I don't want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment."
Sam Sr., who described himself as "old-school," told the newspaper the idea of a gay player in the NFL bothers him, even when that person could be his own son.
He told the newspaper that late Hall of Famer Deacon Jones, the leader of the Rams' Fearsome Foursome who is credited with terming the word sack, "is turning over in his grave."
He told the newspaper, however, that he loves his son and hopes he makes it into the NFL.
"As a black man, we have so many hurdles to cross. This is just one he has to cross," Sam Sr. told The Times.
I guess last week is a while these days...
Here is another story about Sam's room mate and his honest opinion of how it went down. While he was cool with it other players weren't and he is calling them out on their hypocrisy now that its front page and he is being viewed as a hero.
Sam asked 3 guys to go with him to a gay pride parade. One said yes, 2 said no because they were afraid to be alone with him.
All I am saying is the media has created this feel good story when the reality is this is going to be difficult, sensational and somewhat of a distraction given his draft stock.
According to Sam, the timing of this has everything to do with the scouts. He said that once the season ends, all of the NFL scouts doing their due diligence start asking teammates questions. A sort of background check. Sam said since he never asked any of his teammates to hide it, he knew it would leak out, so he'd rather get ahead of the story and own it.
Reportedly, one of the classic questions scouts ask of everyone is "does he have a girlfriend?" And if not, it's "when was the last time he had a girlfriend" because they legally can't ask if he's gay or not.