Michael Sam: I’d probably be on a team if I hadn’t come out
The NFL’s first openly gay draft, Michael Sam has told a US sports-caster he would probably have remained on the NFL roster if he hadn’t come out as gay.
The SEC Defensive Player of the Year made headlines in 2014 when he came out publicly and was drafted soon after by the St Louis Rams. Sam was then cut from the Rams during training camp but was picked up a few days later by the Dallas Cowboys for their practice squad.
Unfortunately Sam never made it off the bench for the Cowboys and was dropped from the squad soon after. He then played Canadian Football for a few months before quitting and returning to his alma mater, the University of Missouri, to pursue a master’s degree.
Speaking with sports-caster Dan Patrick on radio, Sam reflected on his coming out and suggested he was pressured to do so, for fear the media would break the news before he did.
“I wanted to be the one to tell my own story,” Sam told Patrick. “I didn’t want someone telling it for me.”
Patrick then asked if he thought his coming out had affected his being placed with a team.
To which Sam replied: “It probably would have been better for me if I didn’t come out … I would be on a roster."