When Michael Sam came out to the world in an ESPN interview this weekend, it was a moment that a lot of people saw coming. It was only a matter of time before we had an openly gay NFL player who is still playing and hasn’t retired. While Sam’s announcement that he’s gay was met with almost universal praise and acclaim, not everyone was ready to pat him on the back.
As was documented over the past few days, some nameless, faceless — and according to DeMaurice Smith gutless — NFL executives have anonymously stated that they think is was a bad move for Sam to say he was gay. Needless to say, this brought out a rant from ESPN’s Keith Olbermann, who needs very little motivation to destroy someone by machine gunning them with a big vocabulary and wry wit.
This was the case on Monday night when Olbermann trolled these nameless and faceless executives who were bashing a young kid who just made perhaps the biggest and bravest announcement of his life.
The executives will likely never be named, but it’s proof that Sam’s journey to the NFL will be rough. Olbermann’s rant also proves that there are plenty of people rooting for Sam for every nameless, faceless executive who bashes he young man’s decision, there are people like Olbermann and the various NFL players who supported him to cancel out the hate.