Michael Sam was the poster child for the LGBT movement, just because he declared he was gay, and he might become the first upfront gay man in the NFL.
Yes. That’s all it took.
I rightly predicted that Michael Sam would never play a down in the NFL. I was right. He was wholly mediocre, and the only thing he brought was his gayness.
The fall of Michael Sam was as predictable as morning dew. He was set up for failure, and he took the bait.
The LGBT movement is constantly looking for suckers, pardon the pun. So what’s the update on Sam?
The heralded first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL has stepped away from professional football for now, citing concerns about his “mental health.” Sam announced this as a member of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
As Matt Barber wrote:
Barely one year ago, Sam was flying high, having become a national celebrity overnight, with a reality TV show signed for Oprah’s network, with personal congratulations coming from no less than President Obama, and with the photo of him kissing his boyfriend seen around the world.
As for his professional football career, that left much to be desired, as he was drafted among the NFL’s last picks (can you name any other 7th-round draft picks from 2014?), then cut after trying out with the St. Louis Rams, then hired by the Dallas Cowboys for their practice team (which also made news, although I’m fairly sure almost none of us know the names of the players on any other NFL practice teams), then dropped by the Cowboys before being picked up by the CFL, only to take a leave of absence for “personal reasons” in June before stepping away entirely for the present.
Sam and his boyfriend recently ended their engagement. Perhaps that put him over the edge.
Regardless of what his issue is, don’t think Oprah or the LGBT movement will be there to help Sam pick up the pieces. He didn’t live up to his end of the bargain and make the NFL. Had he done that, he could have kept the LGBT movement front and center because all sports fan care about the sexuality of the sportsmen.
Then again, if that’s the case, why do we bother with men and women leagues?