Michael Sam became the first openly gay player ever drafted into the NFL this Saturday when the St. Louis Rams selected him in the seventh round of the 2014 draft.
Sam’s reaction on ESPN was almost as monumental as the draft itself. After receiving a phone call of the news, the new Ram’s defensive end shared an embrace and kiss with his boyfriend Vito Camisano for the world to see.
Back in February when Sam first came out to the media about his sexuality, he told ESPN, “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.”
Twitter buzzed about whether his late placement on the third day had to do with NFL teams being afraid to be the first to make the historic move. The Rams coach made their stance on the situation clear by telling ESPN, “He’s a good football player and that’s the bottom line.”
What do you think? Should a public figure’s sexual orientation matter or do you only care that they’re good at what they do?