Michael Sam is one of the most well known football players even though he has never played a down during the regular season.
The reason he is so well known is because he is openly gay, and last year before the 2014 NFL Draft he made the spectacular decision to come out in the lead up to the biggest day of his life.
Safe to say that more likely than not the defensive end did more damage than good to his NFL prospects by coming out. As sad as that fact is, it is hard to argue that view.
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For gay people all over the globe though, Sam has done so much good. His decision to reveal his sexuality will likely lead to more brave decisions by current and future athletes down the line.
But that is not to say that all athletes who are privately gay or bisexual feel the same way. In an interview with TMZ Sports today, one NFL player, who is bisexual, has revealed the anger that he feels towards Sam after some of his recent comments.
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In quite an outspoken interview recently, Sam explained: "I respect the players that did reach out to me and had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL."
Safe to say that these comments have angered the unnamed bisexual player, and in his interview with TMZ Sports, the player let loose with some heavy criticism of the former St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys player.
"As a bisexual man, I just feel like Michael Sam does not speak for all gay men. He has his own opinion ... but DON'T say that we don't have the courage to come out. It's totally wrong. Just speak for yourself. No one else."
The unnamed player continued and explained that he does not feel that his sexuality should be anybody else's business, even revealing that he does not think the NFL is ready for people to be open about their sexuality.
"It's no one's business what my sexuality is. You should like me for me ... not for who I choose to be with. "I feel the NFL isn't ready for people to be open about it. Or the General Managers for that matter."
Sam has argued in the past that his NFL career was and has been negatively affected by the fact that he is gay, but the bisexual player that spoke with TMZ says he did not make it because he "didn't perform well."
So what do you think NFL fans? Is the NFL ready for players to be open about their sexuality? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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