In case you missed it [by living under a rock], the NFL Draft happened. Now, I am not into football. You can blame me not coming from a big school. We didn’t have football at CHS. [I know, I know...that's a whole other blog...]
Many people were talking about Johnny Manziel, AKA “Johnny Football.” He was the Heisman trophy winner and thought a strong pick for the draft. He eventually went to the Browns. Cleveland Browns.
More importantly, the NFL made a step in the right direction, but choosing to draft Michael Sam. Remember when Sam came out as openly gay?
We was waiting patiently as a 7th Round Pick. He also happened to be waiting with his boyfriend, Vito.
And then the networks started playing his video. The video of when he got the news that the St. Louis Rams wanted him to play on their team. Not because he was gay. But because he plays football. That’s it. He’s a footballer and it shouldn’t matter about his private life.
”The definition of masculinity shifted today, whether consciously or not, because during the hyper-masculine NFL draft, a man kissed another man on national television. The NFL and the media are expanding everyone’s consciousness,” said Wade Davis, a former NFL player who is the executive director of You Can Play Project, an advocacy group aimed at getting homophobia out of sports.
To write off negative reaction as bigotry is to oversimplify it, Davis said.
”People are used to seeing two people being intimate during the NFL draft. Just not these two people,” said Davis, who is gay. ”It’s not necessarily people being homophobic. I think people push back naturally because it’s so much out of the norm.”
Sam’s embrace of Cammisano was instinctive, not a plotted-out statement, said Howard Bragman, the vice chairman of Reputation.com and public relations expert has been working with Sam.
Thanks, Michael for being brave. Thanks, ESPN for being brave. Thanks, St. Louis Rams for recognizing talent.
Here’s the whole video from ESPN of Michael Sam being overcome with joy with his friends, family, and loved ones, while his dream of playing in the NFL was fulfilled.