Besides the Olympics, the big sports news over the weekend was that Missouri All-American Michael Sam announced he is gay, and, if drafted this spring, the defensive end could become the first openly gay player in the NFL.
“Once I became official to my teammates, I knew who I was,” Sam told the New York Times. “I knew that I was gay. And I knew that I was Michael Sam, who’s a Mizzou football player who happens to be gay. I was so proud of myself and I just didn’t care who knew.”
Since the news broke, many celebs have tweeted out their support. Read the messages below.
Michael Sam must be one of the bravest players living. It takes real courage to for come out of the shadows into the light. Welcome.—
Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 10, 2014
Michael Sam! I love you. Bravo!—
Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 10, 2014
"I'm Michael Sam: I'm a college graduate. I'm African-American, and I'm gay." Why I'll remember tonight, for a long, long time….—
Josh Elliott (@JoshElliottABC) February 10, 2014
Thank you Michael Sam.—
Laura Benanti (@LauraBenanti) February 10, 2014
I can't wait to see Michael Sam play on Sundays in the NFL!—
Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) February 10, 2014