According to a May 12 article in Bleacher Report; both collegiate and professional athletes turned to Twitter to express their displeasure with a kiss that was broadcast on television. Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, was caught on camera kissing his boyfriend after he received word that he had been drafted by the St. Louis Rams.
Tennessee basketball player Marshall Henderson called the kiss “nasty” and called on a boycott of ESPN. Miami Dolphins football player Don Jones called the kiss “horrible.”
Sam, according to Wikipedia, had a very challenging childhood. The seventh of eight children; Sam witnessed one brother get shot and killed, has two brothers that are incarcerated, and one brother that has been missing for over a decade. Still, Sam was courageous enough to announce that he was gay to his teammates in 2013 and to the world February 9, 2014.
Sam’s childhood story has drawn sympathy from most who have heard it; but 20 plus years of living cannot escape the shadow of a kiss that lasted for less than 20 seconds.
One Christian, who saw the kiss on television, offered the following commentary:
“Whether or not you support a LGBT lifestyle, you should be offended by the comments. They represent a high level of intolerance that is only prevalent for certain transgressions. This is a defining moment and issue for Christians. We can continue to throw stones at those that are seemingly not like us; or we can truly be like Jesus when He dealt with the woman at the well. I’m not saying that we open the tent and abandon what we believe; but we have to find a way to express ourselves without destroying others.
Sam was drafted by the Rams in the seventh round.
Does Sam deserve sympathy and praise for sharing his life and lifestyle with the world? Is he deserving of the harsh words that have been shared? What should the reaction be?
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Source: Bleacher Report