NFL player Michael Sam criticised for having a white fiancé
Gay American footballer Michael Sam says he has received criticism because his fiancé is white.
Sam made history as the first openly gay NFL player, though he is yet to play an on-season game.
After being picked up by the St Louis Rams last year, he was then cut by the team and was briefly on the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad.
Although Sam has said he would have been better off had he kept his sexuality private since it has damaged his career, he got engaged to partner Vito Cammisano in January, during a trip to Italy.
Speaking to students at the private Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, Sam had now revealed he has received criticism for getting engaged to Cammisano.
According to the QU Chronicle, he said: “My fiancé gave me the strength [to come out]… The challenge I get now is, why are you not dating a gay black guy? Why are you dating a white guy?
“Why would I do that? Why would I leave someone I fell in love with and have been through so many challenges with.”
The NFL star reasserted that there are many other gay players in the league, and that one day they will come out.
“They want to protect their livelihood… but there will be a time [when they come out]. There’s going to be a day.”