Less than a week after Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, Odd Future’s Taco has offered a take on the historic sports moment. #NFLOrBust
Rather than make a big deal out of the situation, Taco questioned why anyone would have a problem with Sam’s personal sexual preference.
“He had something to prove,” Taco said in an interview with his Odd Future family. “Now he’s gonna show the league that he can play football regardless of his sexuality. Who gives a f*ck if he’s gay?” (Huff Post Live)
The St. Louis Rams made their historic pick last Saturday (May 10) evening.
The Rams selected defensive end Michael Sam with pick No. 249 Saturday night, ending months of speculation to when – or if – Sam would hear his name called in the draft. “Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I’m using every [ounce] of this to achieve greatness!!” Sam wrote on Twitter shortly after the draft ended Saturday night, while posting a picture of himself wearing a Rams ball cap and a huge grin. (USA Today)
Last February, Sam came out about his sexuality during an ESPN broadcast.
In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports, Sam says he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August. Sam says: “I am an openly, proud gay man.” The 255-pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last month after leading the SEC in sacks (11.5) and tackles for loss (19), and he is projected to be a mid-round NFL draft pick. He says: “It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be … I want to be a football player in the NFL.” (Los Angeles Times)
The announcement immediately sparked debates on what it could mean for the NFL draft.
Other pro athletes who have said they are gay include Jason Collins, a veteran of 12 NBA seasons who came out last year but has not played on a team since. Robbie Rogers, a Major League Soccer midfielder with the Los Angeles Galaxy, also has said he was gay. But Sams would be the first active publicly gay NFL player. Support for Sam’s public announcement came swiftly from several quarters. (NBC News)
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