This morning, Michelle Obama tweeted praise for college football player Michael Sam, a senior defensive lineman from the University of Missouri, who is eligible for the NFL Draft and could be the first openly gay professional football player in the NFL. She said ‘You’re an inspiration to all of us, @MikeSamFootball. We couldn’t be prouder of your courage both on and off the field. –mo.’ This is a similar story when President Obama reached out to NBA star Jason Collins for admitting he is gay.
Michael tweeted “I want to thank everybody for their support and encouragement, especially @espn, @nytimes, and @nfl. I am proud to tell my story to the world!”
GLAAD’s President Sarah Kate Ellis also made a statement. “By rewriting the script for countless young athletes, Michael has demonstrated the leadership that, along with his impressive skills on the field, makes him a natural fit for the NFL. With the acceptance of LGBT people rising across our coasts — in our schools, churches, and workplaces — it’s clear that America is ready for an openly gay football star.”
I have no problem with praising a gay athlete pursuing to make it to the NFL. Plus, some of them have gone through a lot, especially if they’ve been
bullied for being gay. We need to stick up for our gay brothers and sisters. But what I do have a problem with is liberals like the Obamas and others only calling him an inspiration and not other heroes like Chris Kyle, who was the most successful sniper in the United States military, or for Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II and their teamwork in taking down communism and the Berlin wall. I don’t have a problem with the New York Times praising Sam, but apparently, they have no time to thank many, if any, conservatives that have been inspirational. I don’t recall them ever being congratulated by anyone in the Obama administration. We can recognize that there have been inspirational people on both sides of the isle, but it doesn’t seem very apparent to the Obamas. It’s truly sad and disgusting when some will seem to politicize everything, even when it comes to inspiration. Not only should Michael Sam be praised, but the mainstream media also needs to praise the men and women in our military, along with Reagan, John Paul II, and many other great people throughout history.