Teammates say theyll treat Michael Sam like another other player
St. Louis Rams rookie Michael Sam talks with reporters at Rams Park in Earth City, Missouri on May 13, 2014. Sam, the first openly gay player was drafted by the Rams in the 2014 draft. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
(Football StL) -- By now we all know the Rams drafted Michael Sam. We all know what he thinks about it and what head coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead have to say about it.
They’re excited to be a part of history and believe Sam has a chance to be a nice pass rusher for the Rams in the future.
But what about his teammates? How do they plan on embracing their newest team member into the culture of the locker room? It’s not an easy thing to do. Everyone can be as politically correct as they want at this point. But it’s only human nature for a bunch of individuals to have a bunch of different opinions on the matter of having an openly gay teammate.
All the top draft picks, however, say it will not be a problem having Michael Sam on their team.
“He seems like a really cool guy and we did a Visa commercial together and it’s about judging him for what he does on the field,” Greg Robinson said. “I don’t think he’ll be a problem in the locker room just because the guy he comes off as. He’s really cool. He’s been trying to interact with us because he knows we probably have those thoughts.”
“He’s a football player. I had the opportunity to meet him at the Lombardi and the Nagurski awards (ceremonies),” Aaron Donald said. “He’s a cool guy. It’s about what he does on the football field and he works his (tail) off. That’s all you want.”
“I welcome him with open arms. Everyone is entitled to love who they want to love. He’s a man of his own and he’s entitled to do that. We’re a team and he’s also a family member,” Tre Mason said.
Sam says he’s not worried about anyone saying anything derogatory to him on the football field. If that happens? He says his only response will be to run down the field and make a big play.