In news that unfortunately shouldn’t really be news today, former Missouri Tigers All-American defensive end Michael Sam came out to the entire world on Sunday that he is gay. With the NFL Draft right around the corner, this was an incredibly courageous decision by the young NFL prospect, but what may have been more incredible is the fact that he let it be known that his teammates and coaching staff at Missouri knew about this all along, including head coach Gary Pinkel.
Moments after the announcement, Pinkel shared up some brief thoughts on the announcement by his former star defensive player, expressing his admiration:
Pinkel: “We’re really happy for Michael that he’s made the decision to announce this, and we’re proud of him and how he represents #Mizzou.”
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) February 10, 2014
The entire Missouri football program, Pinkel included, all deserve a tip of the cap for the way they’ve handled this the past few years. One wrong move by anyone involved could have ruined Sam’s life, not allowing him to do this on his own terms like he has.