NFL draft: Reactions heat up after Michael Sam kisses boyfriend on TV

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Not long after Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted to the NFL, some made clear his reaction was not welcome.

Immediately after learning of his selection by phone, a visibly emotional Sam turned to his boyfriend and kissed him.

“I’m sorry but that Michael Sam is no bueno for doing that on national tv,” former Super Bowl champion Derrick Ward tweeted.

“Man U got little kids lookin at the draft. I can’t believe ESPN even allowed that to happen,” Ward added.

Ward said he has received death threats against him and his children after the comments.

Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones also expressed his disapproval, tweeting “horrible” and “OMG” after the kiss was aired. He has since deleted those comments.

But the Dolphins responded quickly, ordering Jones to pay an undisclosed fine and barring him from team activities until he finishes “training for his recent comments made on social media.”

“We met with Don today about respect, discrimination and judgment,” the Dolphins said in a statement Sunday. “These comments are not consistent with the values and standards of our program.”

Jones issued a mea culpa for his remarks.

“I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media,” he said in a statement Sunday.

“I take full responsibility for them and I regret that these tweets took away from his draft moment. I remember last year when I was drafted in the seventh round and all of the emotions and happiness I felt when I received the call that gave me an opportunity to play for an NFL team and I wish him all the best in his NFL career.”

The reactions extended well beyond current and former NFL players.

“Any straight person who says “#MichaelSam/bf kiss pic doesnt look disgusting” can’t pass a lie detector test saying it. Prove me wrong. #nfl,” Patrick Dollard tweeted.

“It’s annoying that people can’t say anything about the Michael Sam kiss without people pointing at them saying “homophobe,” Robby Schultz said.

But many welcomed Sam’s 7th-round selection by the St. Louis Rams. His new team is just two hours away from the University of Missouri, where Sam was an All-American and the Southeastern Conference’s defensive player of the year.

“Welcome to the squad @MikeSamFootball #D-LineShowtime,” fellow Rams defensive end Robert Quinn tweeted.

President Barack Obama also weighed in.

“The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward today in our Nation’s journey,” the White House said in a statement. “From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are.”

Some compared Sam kissing his boyfriend to other athletes kissing their wives or girlfriends.

“NFL guys get drafted. Kiss girlfriends. @MikeSamFootball kissed his boyfriend. Don’t like?..that’s a “you” problem,” ESPN anchor Stuart Scott tweeted. “Congrats Mike!”

Others poked fun at the controversy surrounding Sam.

“How do I explain Michael Sam to my kids?” Andy Kerman tweeted. “A man with TWO first names?”

5 comments

  • Jerry

    Of course obum is going to congratulate him, he was bi him self in college. Just remember, God did not create Adam & Steve, he created Adam and Eve.

  • lynn kennedy

    Luke 6:37 – Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
    Romans Chapter 2

    1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

    2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

    3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

  • Naomi chavez

    God created EVERYONE, It shouldn’t matter who you love,all that matters is it’s YOUR CHOICE! BE WITH WHOMEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY.BE YOURSELF ALWAYS!!!

  • Gregg

    They always over look these scriptures. Romans 3:24-32. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

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