Michael Sam: I’d Be In NFL Had I Not Come Out
Michael Sam says he he not come out he’d be in the NFL today.
“I wanted to come out after I made an NFL roster, it really wasn’t supposed to be public,” Sam said on the Dan Patrick Show during a 13-minute interview. “It was just supposed to be to the team, as I did at the University of Missouri.”
But some reporters were aware of his sexuality, and Sam feared they would break the news, which he wanted to do on his own terms, he said.
“I wanted to be the one to tell my own story. I didn’t want someone telling it for me,” said Sam, who was the recipient of the 2014 Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
Then Patrick asked Sam if coming out hurt his professional career.
“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.”
Sam was cut by the Rams before the start of the 2014 regular season, having been beat for a roster spot by Ethan Westbrooks. From there, he was claimed by the Dallas Cowboys for their practice squad, but ultimately cut again.