Michael Sam Still Wants To Play Football, But More Importantly He's Still Gay, And He Won't Hesitate To Let You Know
LBS- TMZ spoke with Sam over the weekend, and he made a joke about having a conversation with his former boss about renaming the St. Louis Rams.
“So, here’s the thing. I was talking to (Rams owner) Stan Kroenke and said we’re going to change the name of the team,” Sam said. “We’re gonna call it the L.A. Samsonites. And Caitlyn Jenner’s gonna be the head coach, so I know for sure I’m gonna be on the damn team. It’s a done deal.”
When asked if he would like to play for a team in L.A., Sam got a bit more serious.
“I would love to,” he said. “Anywhere.”
Listen, jokes are jokes. They are meant to be funny. Michael Sam's Caitlyn Jenner reference is 2000 and late and only semi-humorous, but it still wasn't meant to be serious. That's why I don't want to get worked up over it, but it is a fairly stark reminder as to why Michael Sam isn't in the NFL. It's been pretty obvious ever since he tried to film a show with Oprah at Rams training camp a few years back. Michael Sam is more committed to being a homosexual than he is to being a professional football player. To make it in the NFL you have to be fully dedicated to doing so. As we have seen time and time again, he just doesn't have that level of dedication. NFL locker rooms are -albeit begrudgingly- accepting of gay men. A football player that happens to be openly homosexual is something that can and does exist in professional sports, but a gay man that happens to play football will never last in the league.
I get it, Michael Sam is gay. I'm happy that he is out of the closet. He should let that rainbow colored flag fly. However, he doesn't have to constantly hit people in the face with it in the process. Can we go one Michael Sam interview without him unnecessarily reminding us that he is homosexual? Honestly, just one. We remember Mike. Hell, how could we forget? I am not homophobic by any stretch of the imagination, but the only negative encounters I have ever had with gay people is when the focal point of every single conversation is their sexuality. The most notable was when I was asked "what my penis looks like". Michael Sam is the "celebrity" representation of the dude that asks you what your penis looks like just so you don't forget, even for a second, that he prefers them in the bedroom. It's the same reason why straight men that offer nothing other than verbal accounts of their sexual exploits are nauseating to hang out with. If equality is the goal then we should all be able to converse with each other without first identifying ourselves by what we genitalia we would rather have in our mouth. If Micheal Sam REALLY wanted to be in the NFL then he would say so, without first making mention of his gayness through the guise of a joke. Instead he would rather continue to push the narrative that he has been persecuted because of his sexuality when he's really just not that good at football. Mostly because he hardly even tries to be.