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Michael Sam's father not supportive of his son's coming out

Posted by David Zimmerman  February 12, 2014 08:48 AM

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"I couldn't eat no more, so I went to Applebee's to have drinks," said Sam Sr. "I don't want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment." “I’m old school, I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy.”

That comment is from Michael Sam Sr., father of openly gay Missouri football player Michael Sam. Sam Sr. made the comment upon receiving a text from his son stating “Dad, I’m gay”.

This past Sunday Michael Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, came out to the world in the New York Times and on ESPN. Since that time his story has been dominating sports talk across the country. While Sam has received a largely supportive response, it would appear that his father is less than pleased.

"As a black man, we have so many hurdles to cross. This is just one he has to cross," said Sam Sr.. He went on to day that he is “old school” and that former NFL Hall of Famer Deacon Jones must be “turning over in his grave,” at the idea of an openly gay man playing in the NFL. Sam Sr. also added that he had taken an older son, Michael's brother, to Mexico to lose his virginity.

While coming out this past weekend Sam also described his upbringing.

"I endured so much in my past: seeing my older brother killed from a gunshot wound, not knowing that my oldest sister died when she was a baby and I never got the chance to meet her," he said. "My second-oldest brother went missing in 1998, and me and my little sister were the last ones to see him ... my other two brothers have been in and out of jail since eighth grade, currently both in jail.”

"Telling the world I'm gay is nothing compared to that."

In his interview Sam Sr. also said that he loves his son and hopes that he makes it to the NFL.


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