In the last few days, Michael Sam has made some big announcements and observations. He and his agents, Cameron Weiss and Joe Barkett, have parted ways. Sam has also left his publicist, something that people like Shawne Merriman think is great.
Sam also made a couple observations that have the sports media atwitter. The first is the idea he told Dan Patrick that being drafted by a team like the St. Louis Rams, who were stacked on the defensive line, made him wish he had gone undrafted.
"It was really hard for me. I actually wish I went undrafted, because I could choose a team who needed some really good pass rushers and was weak on the depth chart."
I remember thinking that very thing at the time of the 2014 Draft. Maybe it would be better if he had been able to choose his opportunity. Maybe someplace like the Oakland Raiders would have given him a better opportunity. But college athletes want to be drafted. If Sam had not been selected in the draft, it's possible none of the other 31 NFL teams would have given him a real shot. So it's a mixed bag.
Sam told Patrick that, looking back, it probably would have been better for his playing career if he hadn't come out publicly. Homophobia in NFL team front offices is still very real - true fear of gay people.
"I'm not going to say ... but it probably would have been better for me if I didn't come out, I would be on a roster," Sam said. "But, as I said, I have no regrets whatsoever."
True. He would have played in the NFL last season if he hadn't come out. I've made the case over and over - the NFL teams have, individually and collectively, discriminated against Sam because he is an openly gay man. Homophobic jerks keep saying that's just sour grapes, but it's not. He'd be in the NFL right now if he hadn't come out. And I'm not upset that Sam is finally saying it.