(Note: The following story contains graphic language)
College football star Michael Sam made history last night when he became the first active Division I college football player to come out as gay.
Sam is also eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft and poised to become the first active openly gay player in the league's history.
There has been speculation for quite some time as to when an active member of the NFL or a Division I college player would come out of the closet. Sam's coming out is nothing short of groundbreaking, but that doesn't mean everyone is happy about it and much of the social media firestorm that followed in its wake proved to be, unfortunately, predictably horrifying:
I'm sorry but there's is no room for Jason Collins & Michael Sam playing a man sport ain't shit manly bout being a fag
— Julius Caesar ™ (@DewuanS) February 10, 2014
Michael Sam father has failed. Fuck all his accomplishments, records, and etc.. yo sons a faggot.
— Scuse Me™ (@_TreyMal) February 10, 2014
Fuck Michael Sam .. can't even watch ESPN without these anchors making him sound like a hero.. All he did was SUCK cock
— J_MaRz (@J_Marz_21) February 10, 2014
I'm already tired of hearing about Michael sam's lust for dick
— That Damn Neeko smh (@cougar_prey) February 10, 2014
Fuck Michael sam.
— Ripped Homie Quan (@Escobar_Pleaser) February 10, 2014
"@ESPNUK: "I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: A college graduate, African American, and I'm gay. Fag hahaha
— Wez (@WezDublin) February 10, 2014
these faggots stay coming out the closet fuck michael sam
— ED (@ED_THE_TRUTH305) February 10, 2014
So, message to Michael Sam and those like him: NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT A MAN WHO LIKES TO SUCK COCK. GET BACK IN THE FUCKING CLOSET.
— Alexis Rose Bank (@icanhasbailout) February 10, 2014
Michael Sam from Mizzou a fucking fag 🔫🔫🔫
— #RemainHumble (@ShitTalkin_Carl) February 10, 2014
michael sam is disgusting. i doubt he gets drafted, way to betray god!
— NFCEASTCHAMPS (@KingPaggi3) February 10, 2014
It's unbelievable how much Michael Sam is being praised for being gay and how criticized Tim Tebow was for being a Christian
— Matt Conger (@MattKingKonger) February 10, 2014
Michael Sam to be the first publicly gay football player in the NFL. Why is it relevant where he stick his genitals? Gross! Your thoughts?
— xcerptshow (@xcerptshow) February 10, 2014
Michael Sam mouth look like its just wating to gobble dick. He gonna be tryna turn them NFL boys out with a lil head.....
— laughoften (@stoplying_hoe) February 10, 2014
Michael Sam first openly gay athlete in the NFL??? that's freaking disgusting!!!!!! should be kicked out if the NFL and the USA
— Grey (@greyclark24) February 10, 2014
The fact that all these allegedly "straight" guys are defending this punk/fag Michael Sam makes my stomach turn
— gay not the way (@Bryan_giveNoFuc) February 10, 2014
— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSays) February 10, 2014
MICHAEL SAM U FUCKING FRUITFLY FAG . , NO FAGS ARE ALLOWED IN THE NFL BITCH . GO PLAY ANOTHER SPORT
— deeee (@laeeyo) February 10, 2014
I wish they take this faggot michael sam off my fucking screen show some real sports news nd highlights
— reggie© (@ILikeTheOCup) February 10, 2014
While we've made a huge amount of progress as a community and LGBT individuals, it's important to also remember that not everyone is quite so ecstatic about our political and social gains. These tweets serve as reminder that this is no time to be complacent with our victories and that there is still a huge amount of work left to do.
However, not all of the tweets were as awful. The Miami Dolphins' Richie Incognito, who was suspended from Nov. 3 until last week over allegations of bullying, tweeted his support for Sam.
— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 10, 2014
Others NFL players, veterans and college football players joined in as well.
Michael Sam much respect. #Salute
— Kirk Morrison (@kirkmorrison) February 10, 2014
Hats off to you Michael Sam, that takes some guts #respect
— Jonathan A. Martin (@J_Martin71) February 10, 2014
It appears that @Mikesamfootball is a very high character guy. Beyond athletics, this is what u need in the locker room, & on the field.
— steve gleason (@TeamGleason) February 10, 2014
Glad Michael Sam came out. Tired of hypotheticals regarding how team/fans would react. Let's find out.
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) February 10, 2014
And finally, a statement of support from the First Lady herself:
You're an inspiration to all of us, @MikeSamFootball. We couldn't be prouder of your courage both on and off the field. -mo
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) February 10, 2014