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Michelle Obama Tweets Support to Michael Sam for Coming Out


Michelle Obama is among gay Missouri star Michael Sam's supporters.

Tweeted FLOTUS: M_sam

"You're an inspiration to all of us, @MikeSamFootball. We couldn't be prouder of your courage both on and off the field. -mo"

Sam replied: "@FLOTUS Thank you for your kind words, humbled by your support."

And predictions from bigoted, anonymous NFL execs we posted about this morning appear to be having some resonance in reality, SB Nation reports:

Nowhere did Sam slip further and faster down the rankings than he did at CBS Sports', overseen by Rob Rang. He was the 10th-ranked defensive end on Sunday night. On Monday morning, the site had him as the 14th-ranked defensive end. The most noticeable fall came on the overall player rankings at CBS, where Sam went from 90th in the hours after he came out on Sunday night to 160th on Monday morning.

SB Nation adds:

One round or another, Michael Sam's going to the NFL, and like any player, his life off the field will be an afterthought for message boards and comment threads once he establishes himself on the field.

The Jackie Robinson comparisons are apt. Michael Sam is breaking down barriers for acceptance and equality. It's new territory for pro football and sports in general. But, sadly, there's nothing new about how he'll be treated by the NFL Draft analysis machine.

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  1. FLOTUS Obama - always a class act.

    Posted by: reality | Feb 10, 2014 1:22:20 PM

  2. Love ya 'mo. -mo

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Feb 10, 2014 1:36:24 PM

  3. wish he would be judged on his talent not on his sexuallity. Hope that works out to be the case.

    Posted by: Jaysonn | Feb 10, 2014 1:55:32 PM

  4. Best. FLOTUS. EVER.

    well met, and congrats Michael!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 10, 2014 2:56:19 PM

  5. Could someone help me understand the statement in SB Nation that "One round or another, Michael Sam's going to the NFL . . ."

    As I understand it, the teams pick up players on each round until their slots are filled. And there are more candidate players than there are slots. If all the NFL teams fill up and no one has picked Michael Sam, then it's over and he does not go to the NFL. So why is SB Nation so certain that he will? Am I missing something?

    Posted by: Tim | Feb 10, 2014 3:50:18 PM

  6. What happened to his front teeth? It must be tough to be a football player.

    Posted by: Simon | Feb 10, 2014 4:58:48 PM

  7. @ "What happened to his front teeth? It must be tough to be a football player>

    Yep, and it must be tough a sissy with flat azz. You gotta' have something for the boys to hump.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 10, 2014 5:12:02 PM

  8. Really unfortunate that Obama has his wife "deal with the gays" in situations like this (he did the same thing with Jason Jones)

    It makes it look like he is uncomfortable doing so, but whatever.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 10, 2014 6:29:02 PM

  9. Hahaha shut the hell up, Rick. You are just the worst.

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 10, 2014 7:54:43 PM

  10. I am so elated about Micahel Sam coming out. It's funny how the media calls him an attention whore yet Tim Tebow isn't when he bludgeons the field with his christianity. I hope he gets signed. I love that he is a proud, strong, handsome man.

    On a side note, I'm half white and black. Considering far too many people associate antigay feelings with the black community let me point out FOUR trailblazers when it comes to gay rights :

    Barack Obama (black)
    Jason Collins (black)
    Michael Sam (black)
    Michelle Obama (black)

    Mhm !

    Posted by: Martin | Feb 10, 2014 9:58:40 PM

  11. @Rick, who the fu*k is Jason Jones? Idiot.

    Anyway, love me some M.O.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Feb 10, 2014 10:52:15 PM

  12. She is indeed our First Lady. Thanks for all you do Mrs. Obama.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 10, 2014 11:51:25 PM

  13. @RICK - who is Jason Jones? Also, the VP tweeted support and Obama's spokesman. Stop whining about everything.

    Posted by: reality | Feb 11, 2014 11:48:30 AM

  14. @RICK - who is Jason Jones? Also, the VP tweeted support and Obama's spokesman. Stop whining about everything.

    Posted by: reality | Feb 11, 2014 11:49:38 AM

  15. Love Michelle.

    Posted by: mike128 | Feb 11, 2014 2:36:36 PM

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