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Obama Congratulates First Openly Gay NFL Draftee

Sunday May 11, 2014
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Missouri defensive end Michael Sam cries as he talks on a mobile phone at a draft party.
Missouri defensive end Michael Sam cries as he talks on a mobile phone at a draft party.  (Source:AP Photo/ESPN)

President Barack Obama sends his congratulations to Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.

Obama calls the selection of Sam "an important step forward."

Obama says that from the playing field to the corporate boardroom, gay and lesbian Americans, quote, "prove every day that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are."

Sam was the Associated Press defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference. He was picked late Saturday in the third and final day of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. Sam played college football at the University of Missouri and came out as openly gay in media interviews earlier this year.

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  • Anonymous, 2014-05-11 14:51:34

    Though I get what the president meant, it’s the wrong choice of words to say "not based on who you are"... Personally, I DO judge people solely on "who they are" but NEVER on "sexual orientation or race" as jackasses come in all forms and walks of life!


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