Michael Sam, Please Don't Regret Coming Out!

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Michael Sam almost regretted coming out. But we're glad that he did.

 

Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL player ever, admitted on Good Morning America that he was almost beginning to regret coming out because of all the stress of the NFL draft.

 

"I was second guessing myself that maybe football would turn its back on me," he confessed. "I was like, 'Maybe I shouldn't have done what I did.' You know? I had so many emotions going in my head."

Thankfully, Sam had the support of his adorable boyfriend, Vito Cammisano. Sam continues, "And then I felt a touch over my shoulder and it was Vito. And I was just, I was like, 'I don't care what happens. You know, I know I did the right thing in my heart. And whatever happens, happens. I'm just going to move forward.'"

And it's absolutely fantastic that Sam stayed true to himself, not just because it makes a positive role model for other struggling LGBTQ plebeians, but because it just makes his own life easier, and honestly, isn't that what's important? You gotta look out for you. And in this case, Sam looking out for himself also broke a brand new barrier for other athletes to be brave enough to be who they are.

This is especially true in light of the ignorant and idiotic commentary from Tony Dungy, who told press that he wouldn't have taken Sam "(n)ot because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. It's not going to be totally smooth … things will happen."

Things will only happen, of course, if coaches like Dungy, an open opponent of same-sex marriage and basic human rights for gays, don't know how to do their jobs. Or, in the more likely case, don't want to do their jobs. The only things I see happening for Michael Sam are great ones. The only things I see happening for Tony Dungy involve obscurity, irrelevance and obsoletion.

 

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