I, personally, have no problem with the drafting of Michael Sam and nor do I have any problem with his sexual orientation, as I've said plenty of times before. Recently, there was a post, of which about 2/3rds of the comments were deleted and a few of mine were deleted as well. Maybe what I was saying was taken out of context, but whatever, the moderator has the right to do so. Anyways, there's a problem that I have with the coverage of Michael Sam being drafted by the Rams, and in order to get to that point, I'll like to tell a story. Once again, This is not a post the bash anyone, especially Michael Sam.
I, personally, have a uncle who happens to be gay. Everyone in our family knows that he's gay, but rarely does any really mention it because most of my family on that side of the family are heavily christian and you know why they'd be disappointed at his way of life, so I won't get into that here. Furthermore, my grandma and grandpa like to play like they don't know and are completely green behind the ear to the fact and refuse to even accept it, even though I'm pretty sure they know, it's pretty obvious. Anyways, one day, I was sitting down on the couch watching TV and he came in and sat by me. I was watching ESPN, one of my favorite TV shows, when ESPN was doing a segment over Jason Collins coming out of the closet and they were talking about whether his presence in the locker room would disrupt the team and whether any team would pick him up.
My uncle (Robert is his name by the way) kind of rolled his eyes at the attention the story was getting. I kind of smirked and asked him why he was unhappy about it. He said he didn't know why the media was making a big deal out of it, because to him, it shouldn't be as big of a deal as it is. I told him that Collins was the first basketball player to ever come out and say that he was gay. He understood this, but he still didn't understand why it was a big deal. I asked him why, but right when he was about to tell me, he was called by my grandpa and he left, saying we would talk about it later. My ever thinking brain wouldn't allow me to just let it go, so I just sat on the couch wondering what he meant.
Later that day, he was outside drinking on the porch, looking at the stars as I too came outside. We started talking about something, I can't remember exactly what it was, but I somehow stuck in Collins in the conversation. I asked him why exactly it shouldn't be that big of a deal and he said, "The media wants us to be all peaceful, but that not possible, it's not doable. There will always be someone who doesn't like gay people, just like there will always be racism. The best way to deal with it would be to not blow it out of the water every time someone comes out of the closet, it just draw more unwanted attention." This isn't exactly what he said, I'm sure I left out a word or two, but close enough. Right when I was about to agree with him, he continued, "Look at me," he said, "What do you consider me?". I said, with my head down, "My uncle...". He said, with a smile, "Exactly, do you consider me your gay uncle?". I said no and he smiled and left it at this, "If this society doesn't want being gay to be a big deal, then they should stop blowing it up every time someone comes out.". He smiled then went inside. Here's what I get from this conversation: Every time we as a society blow up this situation, our society is bringing unwanted attention to a situation that shouldn't be that big of a problem anymore. So, the more the media blows up this situation, they are showing that despite them saying it shouldn't be a big deal, they in turn make it a big deal.
In my opinion, being gay isn't that big of a deal anymore. Look at the media, if someone came out of the closet and someone famous bashed said person, what do you think would happen to the famous person? He/She would get bashed until they sincerely apologized and if the media didn't think the apology was sincere, then they'd continue to bash said person. Look at the comments on this site, many people are happy he's on our team and plenty of famous people came out showing their support. Here's my final point, if we as a society want gays to be accepted, then we need to face the fact that not everybody will agree with their way of living, just like you still have racism. You have to accept that said people don't agree or have a different opinion, and this is coming from a black guy. So, because of this, Michael Sam is not a gay Rams football player to me, he's a Ram's football player that happens to be gay. And I don't wish him well because he's gay, I wish him well because he's a Rams player, and I hope he does well, because the better he does, the better this team does. Him being gay, does not effect me in any way, so I don't care what he does in the privacy of his own home.
Michael Sam, best of luck making the team...