Missouri DE Michael Sam says he’s gay

michael-samFormer Missouri DE Michael Sam could become the NFL’s first openly gay player after announcing on Sunday that he is gay.

Sam came out to his Missouri teammates back in August and spoke to both ESPN and the New York Times about his decision to announce to the world with the NFL combine on the horizon.

Sam says he decided to announce this before the combine because of fear that the news would be leaked by the media.

“I didn’t realize how many people actually knew, and I was afraid that someone would tell or leak something out about me,” he said. “I want to own my truth. … No one else should tell my story but me.”

At least one prominent former player said back in May that the NFL wasn’t ready for an openly gay player. With Sam’s announcement, we’re all about to find out if that’s the reality.

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