Sam He Is



One man. Two boys. Twelve kids.

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  1. Avatar Kazzy says:

    To be clear, when I say I am hopeful that people “do the right thing”, I mean that I hope that they treat him like any other football player. If he can get after the QB and help stuff the run, little else should matter.Report

  2. Avatar notme says:

    Sorry I’m not sure what the big deal is. The idea that he wants to be treated like everyone else is great but it seems to run counter to the idea that he needs/ or should get all this publicity for being gay. I’m not sure what being gay has to do with being a good defensive player so why even bring it up? I mean it isn’t like there haven’t been gay players before that were known by their teammates.Report

    • Avatar Kazzy says:

      We may not be past the point where an openly gay athlete is discriminated against. So while Sam has not asked for any special treatment aside from getting to tell his own story, this is indeed news.Report

      • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

        @kazzy I don’t know that athletes being discriminated has to enter into it.

        That the DPY of the SEC — at M’zou no less — is openly gay and it’s not news is actually kind of news, I think, if for no other reason than as a watershed moment. It isn’t just that he’s an athlete, in which case I think I would agree more with @notme . But when you add in the DPY/ SEC/ M’zou hat trick, I think it really is something that should be noted, for the same reason that the Al Madrigal’s Daily Show report on the gay couple stunt last fall needed to be seen by those of us that don’t live in the South.Report

      • Avatar Stillwater says:

        But when you add in the DPY/ SEC/ M’zou hat trick, I think it really is something that should be noted,

        Huh. We all seem to have opinions about this.

        The reason I think it should be noted is that Sam himself seems to view his “coming out” as remarkably unnoteworthy, at least wrt his status as a football player. He essentially came out only to people who didn’t know him personally or weren’t part of an NFL organization contemplating drafting him. Of course, there’s the politics of it all, and I’d imagine that contributed to his decision.

        It reminds me of all the talk when Michael Stipe “came out”. Reporters asked him why he didn’t come out earlier and he said something like “well, I did. Everyone who knows me knows I’m gay”.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy says:

        I think it’s actually all these things. In some ways, it’s a small deal in the sense that this was already common knowledge within many football circles and was ultimately of little consequence. In other ways, well, he could be the first openly gay athlete in major American team sports to suit up. That’s a huge deal! And if he is treated like any other player (as he seems to have been thus far by and large), that is a huge deal!

        He also provides a role model to other gay athletes or gay young people who might have felt that sports was not a venue for them.Report

  3. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    How is the defensive player of the year at a major conference only #119?Report

  4. Avatar J@m3z Aitch says:

    The SEC’s D player of the year is the 119th best prospect? I remember when it was a good football league.Report