Point of View
UNITED STATES—A major announcement took place in professional sports on Sunday, February 9, when NFL prospect Michael Sam openly announced that he is gay. This is a momentous moment not just in the NFL, but in sports period. Sam sets the possible groundwork, to encourage more players who may be afraid about acknowledging their sexuality in the open sphere. He acknowledged that he came out to his teammates quite some time ago, and they were quite supportive of their teammate.
Sam is considered a top pick for the upcoming NFL draft, so being picked up by a team could definitely encourage more gay players to openly acknowledge their sexuality in the public sphere. What would be great to see are those who admire the sport to embrace not only the athlete, but the idea of a taboo issue in sports not being so taboo anymore? Sam’s acknowledgement is a badge of honor, encouragement and hope for so many other athletes afraid of potentially being scolded or not accepted for being openly gay in either the NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL. What happens NFL draft day, can indeed change the direction of professional sports as we know it.
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