A Mizzou defensive end, Sam was an All-American last season and was named as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, leading the Tigers to a 12-2 record. Sunday, he came out to the national media as a gay man. As this New York Times story and accompanying video make clear, he'd already come out to his teammates, who seemingly had no problem with the information. He revealed his truth to the national media in order to "own his story."
I believe this revelation will be looked back upon as a Jackie Robinson-type moment in the history of gay rights. It took real courage to do what this young man has done. Michael Sam has stones, big ones. Respect.