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Should openly gay NFL prospect be selling his sexuality?

- March 8th, 2014

Michael Sam is ratcheting up support ahead of next month’s NFL draft.

And it seems the openly gay NFL prospect is taking full advantage of his marketability.

Sam, an All-American defensive end out of Missouri, took to Twitter Friday afternoon to help direct supporters to his official website, where they can buy “Stand with Sam” rainbow buttons and t-shirts.

 

According to multiple reports, a portion of the proceeds will go to at-risk youth in the St. Louis area.

The rest of the proceeds – possibly most of the cash – will go to, well, we’ll let you be the judge.

Is it OK? Absolutely. Sam can market himself however he wants.

It is a little bizarre, however, seeing as it was just last month at the NFL’s Combine that he told reporters they shouldn’t look at him as “Michael Sam: The gay football player.”

“I wish you guys would just say, ‘Michael Sam, how’s football going? How’s training going?’ I would love for you to ask me that question,” Sam told reporters in Indianapolis.

“I just wish you guys would just see me as Michael Sam the football player, instead of Michael Sam the gay football player.”

Cue the applause.

It’s what you’d expect an openly gay athlete to say. It’s what most of us think. If you can play, you can play.

That said, it’s hard to buy what Sam’s saying when he’s asking fans to buy these.

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Now then, maybe Sam has come around since making those earlier statements.

To that end, there’s nothing wrong with Sam promoting himself as the first openly gay NFLer.

And, in return, it’s OK to label him as such. It will do more to encourage equality in professional sports than the “nothing to see here” mentality some will inevitably promote.

John Amaechi denied entry into gay bar

- September 15th, 2010

How is it that a gay athlete cannot gain entry in to a gay bar?

Apparently it’s because he appeared to be ‘big, black and could be trouble.’

John Amaechi, the first openly gay NBA player tried to enter Crunch a popular bar in Manchester’s gay village, but claims he was denied at the door because of his race.
He’s now considering legal action.

“I want an explanation of what happened – a real true explanation – and an apology, and they have not in any way been forthcoming with that,” he told BBC News. “…I’m going to pursue this through all the channels I have because when there are issues of bigotry we should pursue them very strongly.”

But according to the bar’s manager, Matt Taylor, Amaechi was denied entry because the radio call he received claimed he was being “argumentative and aggressive” with the workers at the door – allegations Amaechi denies.

In 1997, John Amaechi, then NBA player came out and released a book called ‘Man in the Middle’ in which he expressed his life as an athlete while being ‘in the closet’. He became the first openly gay NBA player. He’s now a motivational speaker and is also the founder the Amaechi Basketball Centre at the city’s Whalley Range High School for Girls.