Thoughts on the Michael Sam hype/attention.
Before you read this, just know I do not dislike Michael Sam. My comments, in no way reflect my view on homosexuality, or him personally.
The media has been telling everyone to now judge Michael Sam, I am going to judge him, and I know how I am going to judge him, I’m going to judge him on how well he performs (given he even makes the team). I’m going to judge him on how many tackles he makes, how many tackles for loss he makes, how many sacks he makes, how many fumbles he forces, how many fumbles he recovers, how many interceptions he gets, or passes tipped. But I’ll be damned if I am forced to praise him for being a gay athlete, it doesn’t effect me, it doesn’t effect anyone but him. The reason myself, and a majority of the people are saying “get michael sam off of my tv” or “stop telling me about michael sam” is because he was the 249th pick. If it was pick 245, 246, 250, I don’t care still, i’m not saying it because he’s gay (although I’m not enjoying the constant highlight reel of him and his boyfriend making out on ESPN), I’m saying it because he needs to prove himself on the field, which if he is 249, I don’t think he has done it yet for this much attention. (getting drafted at any position is still impressive, but for this much media hype, and attention its unbelievable, look at the jason collins hype. Jason Collins sucks, no I’m not a homophobic person for saying that, I’m saying that becuase the dude was horrible (for a professional basketball player). Obama called Michael Sam to congratulate him on being picked… at 249, the media is showing his draft excitement and breakdown over and over and over. Clowney? Greg Robinson? Blake Bortles? Sammy Watkins? the other 248 people ahead of him? They are getting some attention, but they aren’t replaying them being picked over and over and over. This is sports, if you want support, fans, heavy media coverage, you earn it; with championships, pro bowl appearances, awards, and statistics. You don’t get a free pass for being gay, and that isn’t wrong to say nor is it homophobic. If it’s wanted to be viewed as “normal” or “equal” or “the same as everyone else” treat it the same, don’t give him or anyone else special treatment, that nullifies the equality that is being sought after in the situation. If Michael Sam shows promise on the field, in the locker room, and during practice, that’s awesome. But he should not be praised for this, we don’t praise all the other players for being straight. What he did did take courage, but reward him for his courage, not for being a gay player. Michael Sam isn’t promoting himself, don’t hate the guy for getting all the facetime and the stories, the media is putting it out not him. If he shows me numbers, heart, and what really matters in sports, winning, leadership, and stats, THEN he will have my support, and THEN he should be promoted. All of the other kids ahead of him (248) are being treated unfairly, stop showing us these dramas and soap opera stories about players. Show us what we really care about, and the things we watch to see. “Treat everyone equal, show support for him and don’t bash Michael Sam for being gay. Stop being homophobic” Show equality by giving this man the attention the 249th pick deserves, and everyone else who worked hard to be drafted earlier the attention they deserve it isn’t his fault for the media blowing this up, but let’s see what this kid, and everyone else who was drafted this year perform. If he has bad stats, and did absolutely nothing, don’t show me his statline, don’t show me his highlights, show me the players who performed well, and worked hard for their stats, highlights, and achievements in the league. Nothing against Michael Sam personally, I would be saying this about anyone else who was the 249th pick, straight or gay.