Kudos to University of Missouri’s defensive football star and prospective second- or third-round National Football League draft pick Michael Sam for his bravery, boldness and basic human right to publicly declare himself as openly gay, which scares the you-know-what out of most of the NFL’s hierarchy and a sizeable segment of insecure players.
Of course, there are too many frightened mega-rich NFL owners who are spineless with fear of drafting a publicly known gay athlete because of team issues based on (always) financial, social or religious conservatism, and, supported by some of the talented, but fearful and insecure players, and they will band together to keep gay athletes out of their locker rooms.
Actually, what those owners and players are doing is illegal according to the Constitution – they’re denying those athletes their inalienable rights of freedom.
It will be interesting to watch how the NFL owners manipulate their prejudices at the draft and where Sam will end up. Hopefully one of the few NFL teams who want good, team-oriented grid talent will draft him high and make him a pro football equal.
Football is definitely not the only pro sport with the reluctance, and guts, to break the “draft the openly gay player barrier,” because most major pro sports have their issues on the subject and can’t act on making history by accepting gay players and letting them compete as themselves.