Friday Night Rights

  • Aired:  02/10/14
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University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam threatens his own NFL draft prospects by coming out as gay. (4:25)

>> WELCOME BACK.

FOOTBALL SEASON IS OVER.

WITH FOOTBALL SEASON OVER

IT'S TIME FOR AMERICA TO SHIFTTHE FOCUS TO ITS SECOND FAVORITE

SPORT, WAITING FOR FOOTBALLSEASON TO START AGAIN.

WE LEARNED NEXT YEAR MAY COMEWITH AN EXCITING TWIST.

>> MICHAEL SAM HAS REVEALED HEIS GAY.

THE 24-YEAR-OLD EXPECTED TO BETAKEN EARLY ROUND OF THE NFL

DRAFT COME APRIL IS POISED TOBECOME PRO FOOTBALL'S FIRST

OPENLY GAY PLAYER.

>> WE COULD HAVE THE FIRSTOPENLY GAY PROFESSIONAL PLAYER.

THERE HASN'T BEEN A CIVIL RIGHTSMOVEMENT SO SIGNIFICANT SINCE

THE NFL WELCOMED THE FIRSTOPENLY BAD PLAYER.

IT'S AMAZING TO ME.

[LAUGHTER]WHO IS THIS GAY FOOTBALL PLAYER,

PROBABLY A KICKER, HUH?

AM I RIGHT A KICKER.

YOU KNOW HE'S A GAY KICKER, NOTLIKE A REAL PLAYER.

>> AT SIX TWO 260 POUNDSUNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI DEFENSIVE

LINEMAN MICHAEL SAM USED SKILLAND STRENGTH TO LEAD THE SEC IN

SACKS LAST YEAR.

>> HE WAS THE DEFENSIVE PLAYEROF THE YEAR THE BEST DEFENSIVE

PLAYER IN THE BEST CONFERENCE INCOLLEGE FOOTBALL.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> Jon: IT'S AS THOUGH SEXUAL

ORIENTATION HAS NOTHING TO DOWITH PHYSICAL STRENGTH.

[ LAUGHTER ][CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

GOOD FOR HIM FOR COMING OUT IN ASPORT NOT EXACTLY KNOWN FOR ITS

ACCEPTANCE OF GAY PEOPLE ANDCOLLEGE TEAMMATES DESERVE CREDIT

AS WELL.

>> SAM A PROJECTED MID ROUND NFLPICK WHO PLAYED IN COLLEGE FOR

MISSOURI TOLD HIS COACH ANDTEAMMATES ABOUT HIS SEXUAL

ORIENTATION IN AUGUST.

>> I WAS KIND OF SCARED EVENTHOUGH THEY ALREADY KNEW I WAS

STILL SCARED TO TELL THEM.

SEEING THE REACTION WAS AWESOMEAND THEY SUPPORTED ME FROM DAYONE.

>> Jon: SAM TOLD HIS TEAMMATESLAST AUGUST HE WAS GAY AND

EVERYBODY KEPT IT RESPECTFULLYPRIVATE WHICH MEANS COLLEGE HAS

CHANGED A LOT SINCE I WAS --[LAUGHTER]

-- IN COLLEGE.

[LAUGHTER]>> THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

TWEETED ITS SUPPORT FOR SAMSAYING WE SUPPORT TIGERS OF ALLSTRIPES

AT MISSOU, PROUD OF YOU MIKESAM.

>> Jon: JUST GOES TO SHOWYOU, DESPITE WHAT MIGHT BE THEHEARTLAND'S REPUTATION THEY'LL

WELCOME ANYONE NO MATTER HOWDIFFERENT IF YOU ARE REALLY GOOD

AT FOOTBALL.

I USED TO THINK GAYNESS WAS ASIN AGAINST GOD.

I USED TO THINK GAYNESS WAS ASIN BUT I SAW THE KID PLAY AND

I'M THINKING I SHOULD (bleep)PEOPLE BECAUSE I'M NOT THAT GOOD

AT FOOTBALL.

MICHAEL SAM MIGHT FIND A LESSWARM WELCOME FROM AT LEAST SOME

PLAYERS.

>> SAINTS LINEBACKERJONATHAN VILMA TALKED ABOUT THEPROSPECT OF A GAY

TEAMMATE.

>> IMAGINE IF HE'S THE GUY NEXTTO ME AND I GET DRESSED NAKED,

TAKING A SHOWER THE WHOLE NINEAND HE LOOKS AT ME.

HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO RESPOND.

>> Jon: WHAT?

YOU KNOW, IT'S SO WEIRD HOW SOMEGUYS JUST ASSUME THAT THEY ARE

SO IRRESISTIBLE TO GAY GUYS.

HOW COULD HE NOT BE ATTRACTED TOME.

I GUESS I'M SAYING I'M THE TOTALPACKAGE.

I'M RIPPED.

MY ASS IS AS TIGHT AS TWO SNAREDRUMS.

I COULDN'T RESIST.

IT'S ALL CAN I DO TO STOP FROM(bleep) RIGHT HERE LOOKING AT

MYSELF.

I'M UNBELIEVABLE.

I'M A BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL MAN.

[LAUGHTER]OF COURSE, ASSUMING MICHAEL SAM

EVEN GETS AN ON NFL TEAM.

>> SPORTS ILLUSTRATED DID ANARTICLE WHERE THEY TALKED TO

PERSONNEL DIRECTORS AND THEREARE MANAGERS WHO SAY THE DRAFT

PROSPECTS WILL DROP THE BECAUSEOF

REVELATIONS THE TEAMS DON'T WANTTHE CONTROVERSY THAT WILL

SURROUND THIS.

>> Jon: PLEASE, NO PRO TEAMWANTS THE CONTROVERSY HAVING A

GAY PLAYER IS GOING TO CAUSE.

IF HE WAS JUST CONVICTED OF DUIVEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER OR

OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE INCONNECTION OF A MURDER OR

SCREAMED THE N WORD AT A CONCERTOR KILLED A BUNCH OF DOGS OR

BURIED THEM IN HIS (bleep)YARD, YOU KNOW -- NFL MATERIAL.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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