Missouri Star Michael Sam Tells ESPN He Is Gay

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Former Missouri star defensive end Michael Sam tells ESPN he is gay.

Source: Associated Press

College Football Star Michael Sam Says He Is Gay; May Become First Publicly Gay Player in N.F.L.

As Michael Sam, a defensive lineman, began to speak, he balled up a piece of paper in his hands. “I’m gay,” he said. With that, Mr. Sam set himself on a path to become the first publicly gay player in the National Football League.

“I looked in their eyes, and they just started shaking their heads — like, finally, he came out,” Mr. Sam said Sunday in an interview with The New York Times, the first time he spoke publicly about his sexual orientation.

Mr. Sam, a 6-foot-2, 260-pound senior, went on to a stellar season for Missouri, which finished 12-2 and won the Cotton Bowl.

Source: JOHN BRANCH, New York Times

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