Sports Merit or Sexual Orientation???
On Wednesday evening at the annual ESPYS ( sports ceremony) NFL Rookie Michael Sam received the Arthur Ashe "Courage Award." Michael Sam made headlines earlier this year during the Spring when he announced that he was an openly gay man, he made history as the first openly gay football player to be drafted to the NFL, he was selected by the Saint Louis Rams in the 7th round.
Who is Michael Sam? Michael Alan Sam Jr. is a native of Galveston, Texas he attended the University of Missouri, and played football for the Missouri Tigers football team. As a college football player he accumulated 123 tackles, had 6 forced fumbles, 21 sacks, and 2 intercepted passes. He graduated from college in December 2013. He played in the Senior Bowl as he prepared to make the transition to the NFL he was considered too small to play defensive end, he has played as an outside linebacker.
Arthur Ashe Courage Award: The award is sports-oriented, although it is not limited to sports related people or actions.
I watched Michael Sam receive the award online and he did deliver a emotional, yet inspiring speech. I looked on social media and saw a mixture of emotions from the American public. Some people supported Sam while others did not approve of him receiving the award.
Most Popular Quote From His Acceptance Speech: "Great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself." Michael Sam
Toni's Thoughts: I have not endured ridicule for my sexual orientation because I am a heterosexual African American woman. Therefore I can respect the fact that Michael Sam was willing to reveal his truth and be happy with his boyfriend Vito. I understand the support for him and I also understand why some people do not support him winning the award. Personally I do not believe it was time for him to receive the award because he has not had the opportunity to prove himself on field yet as an NFL player. Based on his collegiate his statistics he has potential to be a star in the NFL and I hope he does well this season. With that being said maybe Michael Sam has done extensive community service for empowering other young people that identify with his story if he has done that when the cameras are not around then he is courageous. On the other hand some people have argued the simple action of revealing he is gay is courageous. Prior to Michael Sam making this announcement I had never heard of his college team or Michael and I'm an avid sports fan. What are your thoughts? Is his publicity based on sports merit or sexual orientation? Fill me in.