For someone who recently found out he made the NFL draft and selected to play for the St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam looks extremely saddened and miserable for his spread cover in ‘OUT’ magazine.
The LGBT-based magazine is shining the light on Michael who came out as gay earlier this year, setting “history” as the first openly gay athlete to come out in the NFL.
But looking at the photos — which you can see below — the theme of this photoshoot must’ve been to look depressed and show some kind of fierceness in your eyes, in the sense that he looks miserable by the backlash he’s received but he’s willing to pull through if he puts the work in it.
Having already inked a reality show deal with Oprah Winfrey’s network ‘OWN,’ the 24-year-old is setting the NFL on fire — at least we hope so.
‘OUT’ dedicated a massive spread on the household name that is Michael Sam — see more photos and excerpts from the story below:
While making history in the NFL, Sam has concurrently joined an elite club: the miniscule number of people whose reputations have been damaged, not enhanced, by an association with Oprah Winfrey.
For Sam’s critics, his decision to participate in a documentary series for the Oprah Winfrey Network, a channel with a primarily female viewership, seemed like proof that drafting Sam would bring shame upon the NFL — if not by transforming teammates into “lustful cockmonsters,” to use Kluwe’s phrase, then by polluting the league’s heroic aura by mixing it with reality TV.
Attention from Winfrey provided the alchemy through which Sam’s “big deal” became a “big distraction,” a term with no fixed meaning that has nonetheless played a decisive role in Sam’s tumultuous year (one of Sam’s agents told me he wants the word “distraction” banned and removed from the dictionary).”
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