The Salon has a page of homophobic comments people felt the need to tweet to the world following Michael Sam becoming the first openly gay athlete to be drafted by a NFL team.
So just in case anyone doubts that we’ve still got a long way to go in terms of making homosexuality truly mainstream, here’s a list of some of the stupidest, silliest and most shameful tweets about Michael Sam to be posted nearly 24 hours after his dream of joining the NFL finally came true.
Personally I thought it was shameful that he had to wait as long as he did to get drafted. Michael Sam was The Associated Press’s defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference and a consensus all-American at Missouri. He wasn’t a borderline player who only got drafted because a team wanted to make a statement on equality. The only reason he was still on the board for the St. Louis Rams to draft in the final round was his sexual orientation. Make no mistake. If Michael Sam was still in the closet he would have been snatched up far earlier than 249th.
The culture is definitely changing. That being said, the ultra-macho world of professional sports is going to be a tough nut to crack. Michael Sam is an incredibly brave man, and will have to face more shit than most of us can imagine. Here’s hoping he has a great rookie year.