Michael Sam Comes Out: Jason Collins & More Athletes Tweet Support

Mon, February 10, 2014 9:37am EDT by 2 Comments
Michael Sam Comes Out
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Michael, a former Missouri defensive lineman and a NFL prospect, came out as gay on Feb. 9. And after his brave announcement, Jason Collins, Chad Johnson, and many more athletes from several different sports took to Twitter to praise Michael’s courage and offer him support.

With Michael Sam announcing he is gay on Feb. 9, there is a ton of skepticism over how he’ll be received if he’s drafted into the NFL in May. But judging from the support the former Missouri defensive lineman has received in the wake of his announcement, the welcoming might be much warmer than we all first thought.

Michael Sam Comes Out: Teammates Support Him On Twitter

Almost immediately after Michael came out in an interview with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” he began receiving tweets of support from athletes everywhere. First, several of his teammates tweeted about him:

Jason Collins & More Athletes Tweet Support To Michael Sam

Then a huge amount of other athletes got into the act, beginning with Jason Collins, who became the first active NBA player to come out in 2013:

We can only echo all of the praise and support these athletes have been sending out. For Michael to stand up and be proud of who he is — especially in the context of a sport that has historically somewhat stigmatized homosexuality — is truly inspiring and uplifting. We can’t wait to see how his journey continues on into the NFL.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!

– Andrew Gruttadaro

More Celebrities Coming Out:

  1. Robin Roberts Officially Comes Out As Gay In Heartfelt Facebook Post
  2. Brian Boitano Comes Out As Gay Ahead Of Sochi Olympics
  3. ‘Fred’ Star Lucas Cruikshank Comes Out On YouTube: I’m Gay

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Mister Baja

Posted at 11:02 AM on February 10, 2014  

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