May 11th, 2014
01:46 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama congratulates Michael Sam, first openly gay player drafted by NFL

(CNN) – President Barack Obama congratulated Michael Sam on Saturday for being the first openly gay football player taken in the National Football League draft, the White House said in a statement.

"From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are," Obama said. He also congratulated the NFL and the St. Louis Rams, the team that drafted Sam.

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  1. Phyllis G Williams

    Gay people must work. They cannot steal (Genesis 3: 19), but Ezekiel 3: 18 says you must warn them that they go to
    "the vengeance of Eternal Fire" (Jude verse 7) or "his/her blood will I require at thine hand".

    May 11, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Congrats to Mr. Sam! So few athletes are good enough to turn pro; I hope he has a long and successful career!

    May 11, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Gt

    I nearly vomited when he kiss that man ......how low this country has fallen

    May 11, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    WE
    Are the party of DEPRAVITY

    WE
    Have "evolved"

    WE
    Are NOW smarter than God Himself

    WE
    Have NO discernment whatsoever

    WE
    Know that good and evil are the same

    WE
    Know that there is NO truth

    May 11, 2014 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    And what do you know? The sun still came up; thousands of season ticket-holders did NOT burn their tickets; The city of St. Louis did not fall into a sinkhole; the rest of the team did not demand immediate trades; and none of the owners of the other 31 franchises threatened to boycott games with the Rams. The real story here is that it is no big deal, and that is a very big deal indeed.

    May 11, 2014 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. Chris-E...al

    He likes a a good car rear . And i love my job good luck to him its not hate its just unhealthy for mankind and our kids and him now good luck pro ?

    May 11, 2014 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Phyllis G Williams
    Gay people must work. They cannot steal (Genesis 3: 19), but Ezekiel 3: 18 says you must warn them that they go to
    "the vengeance of Eternal Fire" (Jude verse 7) or "his/her blood will I require at thine hand".

    "Gay people can work. They cannot steal." Are you insane?

    May 11, 2014 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Congratulations Sam.
    @Phyllis, I thought your god was supposed to love all the same. The bible written by people just doesn't cut it for me. Hatred also will send people to eternal fire!

    May 12, 2014 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  9. Dems in PA

    Obama has to try anything to get the headlines off Benghazi somehow! Michael Sam was drafted 249th; one of the last picked in the draft Saturday. Then ESPN showing Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend, it’s time to change the channel from football to anything else.

    May 12, 2014 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  10. michael

    what is the difference between Dante Stallworth driving drunk and Michael Sams being gay...nothind

    May 12, 2014 06:54 am at 6:54 am |