May 11th, 2014
01:46 PM ET
9 years 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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