The title of a recently released Bleacher Report article is ”NFL Prospect Michael Sam Comes Out as Gay — BIG Tests Loom for Him, (and the) League” (Web-site/URL: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1954005-nfl-prospect-michael-sam-comes-out-as-gay-big-tests-loom-for-him-league?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial&hpt=hp_t2).
“One of the last barriers of bigotry in all of professional sports will soon fall: Former Missouri star defensive end Michael Sam an All-American and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, has come out as gay”.
“Sam is EXPECTED to be a HIGH-ROUND draft pick in May , which would set a series of historic firsts in motion. He would be the first openly gay player drafted”. This is the latest EXPECTATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). ”Since most high-round picks make NFL rosters, he’d also likely be the first openly gay player in NFL history”. “most” IS NOT ALL.
“He (Sam) told Chris Connelley of ESPN‘s “OUTSIDE the Lines“ Sunday night (February 9 2014)”: “I came to tell the world that I’m an OPENLY, PROUD gay man“. There are TWO things to note here. First, many LGBT people ARE NOT “open (and) proud”. Secondly, again, most people ARE NOT LGBT. Both of these characteristics make Sam a person who is “OUTSIDE the lines” because Michael Sam is “outside” what MOST people are (i.e. STRAIGHT).
According to human rights activist Brendon Ayanbadejo, “the former Baltimore Ravens player who has been advising Sam”, “Michael has SHOWN GREAT COURAGE (?) in taking this step and not only do we support him, we are INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL. His decision to welcome us all into his world as he embarks upon a professional NFL career is an HONORABLE (?) one. This moment will resonate in a unique and important way for countless people, particularly L.G.B.T. youth”. “shown great courage” is open to INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “Ayanbadejo is a member of the Athlete Ally Board of Directors, a group that fights homophobia in sports”. We have to wonder if AYANBADEJO is also gay, bisexual or transsexual.
“One general manager told Bleacher Report that Sam will be a true test of whether the NFL is actually open to all kinds of players. He believes that if Sam falls past the THIRD round, then “something STINKS. Because this guy is EASILY a HIGH rounder“. This is this general manager’s INTERPRETATION/EXPECTATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Bleacher Report NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller agrees that Sam’s talents SHOULD result in his getting picked in an EARLY round“. “should” implies that this is MILLER‘s INTERPRETATION/EXPECTATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “As a PLAYER, Michael Sam was one of the most IMPACTFUL defenders in college football last season (2013). Playing LEFT defensive end, he was able to produce All-American numbers by using his QUICKNESS OFF THE BALL and HIGH-LEVEL INSTINCTS. The tape shows a smaller pass-rusher with GOOD AGILITY, but (at 6’2″, 255 pounds), he might STRUGGLE TO FIND A TRUE POSITION in the NFL..The PRODUCTION and BURST are EASY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH, though. needing an OUTSIDE PASS RUSHER will LIKE the tools he brings and his DEVELOPMENTAL POTENTIAL as a player“. EVERYONE is looking for “potential” in a young player to replace older players.
According to one NFL player, “speaking to Bleacher Report on the condition of anonymity”, ”(Roughly) HALF of the NFL’s locker rooms will ACCEPT him and HALF WON’T. It’s A ROLL OF THE DICE WHETHER he would be accepted or not“. Sorry to bust your bubble Michael Sam, but this is THE TRUTH. This NFL player is speaking on condition of anonymity obviously because this is an EXTREMELY SENSITIVE issue.
“The NFL will be watching. It released a statement saying: “We ADMIRE Michael Sam’s HONESTY and COURAGE (?)” The trend is now/has now been REVERSED. People are “courageous” now to fight for the rights of STRAIGHT people because all of a sudden PEOPLE ARE JUMPING ON THE LGBT bandwagon. ”Michael is A FOOTBALL PLAYER“ and should be evaluated as such. “Any player with ABILITY (?) and determination can succeed in the NFL”. DOES Michael Sam have “ability?” LET’S SEE WHERE HE GETS DRAFTED before answering this question. “We look forward to WELCOMING and SUPPORTING Michael Sam in 2014″.
“The NFL also reiterated it has a workplace conduct policy that prohibits discrimination of any kind. And a portion of the collective bargaining agreement states: ”There will be NO discrimination IN ANY FORM against ANY player by the NFL, the Management Council, ANY Club or by the NFLPA because of RACE, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEXUAL ORIENTATION or activity or lack of activity on behalf of the NFLPA”. THIS IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE.
“Sam’s declaration has the potential to open other fronts on this issue as well. It can make current closeted NFL athletes less fearful. It could provide support to younger athletes, in high school or younger, that they DON’T have to deny their sexuality“. This should include people who are STRAIGHT because now with all the talk of protecting LGBT people, ironically, now, it seems like STRAIGHT people are getting the short end of the stick.
“Sam told ESPN that he knew FROM A YOUNG AGE that HE WAS GAY“. WHAT’S TAKEN HIM SO LONG TO REVEAL THIS THEN? “It SHOULDN’T be a big problem” to people“, This is DEFENSIVE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “I want to be A FOOTBALL PLAYER in the NFL”. It seems like he’s emphasizing his SEXUALITY more than his exploits ON the gridiron.
“When asked how he thought his future NFL teammates would feel, Sam said, “It SHOULDN’T matter. I’m NOT afraid of who I am“. REALLY?
“Sam told his college team (Mizzou) in August (2013) he was gay. The team in turn not only had no problem with Sam’s sexuality, they PROTECTED him. One Missouri player told Miller: “98 percent of the NFL could CARE LESS about someone being gay. It’s the TWO percent that make us look bad“. That’s precisely why L.G.B.T. issues are considered ‘Hot Button’ or CONTROVERSIAL issues. ”The player added, “I GOT HIS BACK“ which is why this “Missouri player” spoke on condition of anonymity. Many people DON’T have “(Michael Sam’s) back”.
“One player called Sam the “gay JACKIE ROBINSON”. YES, THAT IS PRESSURE (Though the better comparison might not be Robinson, but instead Charles Follis one of the NFL’s first black players”). Let’s see where Sam is drafted before comparing him with any sports legends. JACKIE ROBINSON, of course, was ONE OF THE GREATEST BASEBALL PLAYERS EVER (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Robinson).
“The disagreement begins with the question of how Sam will be treated. While the one player believed “HALF of the NFL’s locker rooms will accept him and HALF WON’T“; another veteran player said Sam will be welcome in MOST locker rooms and will have few problems“. THE FIRST opinion is accurate. Gay behavior certainly ISN’T “accepted” in “most” of SOCIETY.
“A third player explicitly said that he felt the player would face BIGOTRY no matter what team he played for, because homophobia still is common in the NFL despite the league’s best attempts to eliminate it. The player said Sam “would be TARGETED by players on the field and fans off of it“. ”bigotry” and ”targeting”, of course, are UNACCEPTABLE. We must learn to RESPECT others no matter how vehemently we DISAGREE with them. We must be able to CO-EXIST. ”Just look at the Dolphins and (Richie) Incognito”. . “Text messages between him and Jonathan Martin featured repeated use of GAY SLURS. The player also pointed out what happened in Minnesota to former Vikings punterChris Kluwe. Kluwe alleged he was released because of HIS OUTSPOKENNESS ON GAY ISSUES and that his position coach REPEATEDLY USED GAY SLURS“.The Vikings deny this” AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Whenever two sides are bickering and one side says the other side is wrong, the ACCUSED side will always DENY. .
“Players also point to interviews done by the NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer in which players state PESSIMISM about how the first openly gay player would be treated“. ”pessimism”, of course, is NEGATIVE.
According to Washington linebacker London Fletcher, “There’s such A STIGMA with gay and homosexuals within MALE sports“. There’s actually “a stigma” with MEN acting “girlie” (Web-site/URL: http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/2014/02/11/whats-wrong-with-a-girlie-man/). “It would be VERY DIFFICULT for that FIRST person to come out“. So London Fletcher EMPATHIZES with Michael Sam (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7cmuRLwME).
“New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma told Kremer, ”I think that he WOULD NOT be accepted as much as we think he would be accepted, I DON’T want people to just naturally assume, like, ‘Oh, we’re all homophobic‘. That’s really NOT the case“. This seems to be DEFENSIVE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). ”Imagine if he’s the guy next to me and, you know, I get dressed, naked, taking a shower, the whole nine, and it just so happens he looks at me. How am I supposed to respond?” This is a NEGATIVE comment about Michael Sam’s homosexuality. Vilma’s point is LEGIT.
According to “one of the players interviewed by Bleacher Report“, “That (ANTI-GAY) attitude IS MORE PREVALENT in NFL locker rooms than you think“. So the NFL is still SOCIALLY CONSERVATIVE.
“The comments to the NFL Network follow the STRONG ANTI-GAY remarks made by San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver at last year’s(2013) Super Bowl. Also, at last year’s (2013) combine, at least one team asked several players were asked
Finally, “Team and league officials interviewed VEHEMENTLY DISAGREE that the NFL is homophobic. One team executive said Sam would be “the most PROTECTED player in NFL history” because neither the team he goes to nor the league itself would want anything to happen toSam”. ”Imagine how HUMILIATED the league (NFL) would be if the first openly gay player to be in the NFL suffered from EXTREME BIGOTRY?” That would be TERRIBLE for the NFL’s image
To conclude, sooner or later. Michael Sam will be crying that OTHER people have MADE him a celebrity. The reaction to his announcement that he is gay was MIXED AT BEST because MOST of the world is STRAIGHT. THAT’S THE TRUTH/REALITY, which many CELEBRITIES have trouble dealing with. This is just like KATE MIDDLETON crying when she took her top (bikini) off in preparation for BECOMING PREGNANT, KNOWINGall along that paparazzi (and many others) would be watching her. When celebrities reveal a part of their life which is beyond what is reasonable/appropriate/healthy, IT IS ONLY NATURAL that we can essentially write/put together A LITERATURE REVIEW of those controversial part(s) of their lives.