Missouri students block Westboro Baptist protest of Michael Sam

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by Chip Patterson

CBS Sports

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 16 at 12:48 AM

(CBSSPORTS.com) - The Missouri community has shown overwhelming support for Michael Sam since the Tigers' football star announced that he was gay earlier this month. On Saturday a group of students united to drown out the protest efforts of the Westboro Baptist Church.

The group was in town for the Tigers' home basketball game against Tennessee, protesting Missouri's support of Sam outside Mizzou Arena. Students blocked the Westboro Baptist protesters from view with a human wall, turned their backs and sang the alma mater until the group dispersed before tip off.

Here's how the scene was captured on social media:

SB Nation         @sbnation:

Mizzou students formed a #StandWithSam wall to keep a protest off campus http://sbn.to/1eCiDgQ  via @notfromkansas

 

Brandon Foster @BFoster91:

#StandWithSam supporters sang the alma mater with their backs to the WBC. @CoMissourian

 

RBC @_TAhmad:

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church are in Columbia, MO today to denounce Michael Sam.

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