First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday praised Michael Sam, the All-American college football player from the University of Missouri, on his decision to come out as gay.
The first lady wrote on Twitter that Sam was an “inspiration:”
You’re an inspiration to all of us, href=”https://twitter.com/MikeSamFootball”>@MikeSamFootball. We couldn’t be prouder of your courage both on and off the field. -mo
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) February 10, 2014
A tweet sent from President Barack Obama’s account later in the day also commended Sam.
Congratulations on leading the way, @MikeSamFootball. That’s real sportsmanship.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 10, 2014
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.
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