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Michelle Obama: Openly Gay Football Player Michael Sam An 'Inspiration'

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The first lady wrote on Twitter that Sam was an "inspiration:"

A tweet sent from President Barack Obama's account later in the day also commended Sam.

Sam's coming out has riled some anonymous higher-ups within the National Football League, and ex-NFL head coach Herm Edwards went on record saying an openly gay prospect like Sam could bring "baggage" into a a locker room.

This post has been updated.