Michael Sam becomes first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL

Michael Sam shares an emotional kiss with his boyfriend after being drafted by the St. Louis Rams. (x)

Michael Sam shares an emotional kiss with his boyfriend after being drafted by the St. Louis Rams. (x)

It was a victory for Michael Sam on Saturday, when the football player was drafted by the St. Louis Rams. The former Missouri defensive end was the 249th overall pick, making him the first openly gay football player to be drafted by an NFL team.

The historic moment was broadcast by ESPN as Sam received the phone call from Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. Afterwards, an emotional Sam kissed his boyfriend and received a bunch of congratulatory messages on Twitter. Celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Seth Meyers, and John Legend all tweeted in support of Sam. However, Don Jones of the Miami Dolphins wasn’t so pleased. He tweeted, “horrible,” when asked about Sam’s kiss with his boyfriend. The Dolphins responded by fining and suspending Jones, apologizing for his comments. Jones released his own statement as well, calling his remarks “inappropriate.”

Sam publicly came out in February in an interview with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” This made him one of the first publicly out college football players. Following the draft, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said, “We drafted a good football player. In a world of diversity we live in, I am honored to be a part of this.”

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