Since Michael Sam's coming out to the world, near enough all of the reaction to the announcement has been positive. From NFL players tweeting their support and admission of the bravery it must have taken, to owners saying they would love to have Sam representing them, most of the responses have been encouraging.
But not all of it.
Unfortunately there are still people out there, in the year 2014, that seem to have a problem with a person being different to them.
One of these is Kent State wrestler, Joe Wheeler. In the wake of the breaking news, Wheeler originally tweeted, "I can't even watch sportcenter (sic) today cause all there (sic) talking about is Marcus Smart or that fag from mizzou..."
How progressive of the man. It seemed like Wheeler was taken to task over his vile tweet as he then responds to two people, calling one a 'queer' then telling the other "don't tweet me you queer".
But Wheeler still wasn't done, and in his infinite wisdom decided to send out another tweet. This one was no less insulting and read:
"O geez i got all these fag boys mad at me now".
Thankfully somebody at Kent State saw some sense, and Wheeler has been suspended. KS Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen sent out a statement on the school's official athletic department website reading:
“We are aware of the insensitive tweets by one of our student athletes. On behalf of Kent State University, we consider these comments to be ignorant and not indicative of the beliefs held by our university community as a whole. This is an educational opportunity for all of our student-athletes.”
Kent State Head Wrestling Coach, Jim Andrassy also released a statement which said:
“As an alum of Kent State University and as Sam’s head coach, I was surprised and offended by what I read on Twitter. I have spoken to Sam personally, and while he is remorseful, he will be suspended indefinitely while we determine the best course of action moving forward.”