Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published May 13, 2014 at 8:09 PM | Page modified May 13, 2014 at 11:11 PM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (0)
  • Print

Michael Sam’s news conference attracts overflow crowd

The overflow media crowd at Rams Park did not intimidate Michael Sam, who seemed almost eager for the attention and scrutiny. The first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was confident and engaged as he was formally introduced by the St. Louis Rams, who took him in the seventh round.


The Associated Press and St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Reader Comments
Hide / Show comments
He's going to be tested big time - I don't see him having much of a career, given his combine numbers. He was lucky to... MORE
@TERM LIMITS I'm not sure how he'd be 'punished'. Not like he's a ball carrier that another team can take cheap shots... MORE
Sam is now a rookie on an NFL team....His sexual preference should be now set aside....Most rookies do not make the cut... MORE

advertising

ST. LOUIS – The overflow media crowd at Rams Park did not intimidate Michael Sam, who seemed almost eager for the attention and scrutiny.

The first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was confident and engaged Tuesday as he was formally introduced by the St. Louis Rams, who took him in the seventh round.

Sam, a linebacker prospect, said, “I’m determined to be great.”

Sam, who came out to teammates and coaches before his senior season at Missouri, disagreed his sexuality had been a secret.

“Apparently, everybody else makes a big deal out of it,” Sam said. “But my teammates and my school didn’t.

“It’s OK to be who you are. Whether you’re gay, straight, black or white, it’s OK to be comfortable in your own skin.”

About 80 media members attended the session that included Sam. In front of the complex, cameramen took footage of other photographers waiting to get footage of Sam.

“We’ve definitely got to be aware that Michael Sam and the social impact of the pick needs a special place,” Rams general manager Les Snead told ESPN Radio. “We’ll prepare for that. We’ll handle it, but at the end of the day we want this to become as normal for everybody as possible.”

How does Sam handle the hateful response his selection created from some in social media and elsewhere?

“How do I handle it?”Sam asked rhetorically. “I don’t read it.”

Haden gets big deal

CLEVELAND – Cornerback Joe Haden signed a five-year, $68 million extension with the Cleveland Browns.

The 25-year-old Haden’s deal runs through the 2019 season and includes $45 million guaranteed, agent Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press.

Last week, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman signed a four-year deal reportedly worth $57.4 million, with $40 million guaranteed.

Notes

• Defensive end Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers spent Tuesday in jail in Charlotte, N.C., after being arrested on misdemeanor charges of assault on a woman and communicating threats. Hardy, 25, was to have a court appearance Wednesday.

A 24-year-old woman told police she had been physically assaulted and threatened by Hardy. She had bruises and scratches, but declined treatment, according to a police report.

• The Jacksonville Jaguars were awarded third-year linebacker Allen Bradford off waivers from the New York Giants. Bradford, 25, is a former Seahawk who started his pro career as a running back.

• Jacksonville removed the nameplate above the locker of receiver Justin Blackmon, who is suspended without pay indefinitely for repeated violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy.

“I think it’s an absolute tragedy,” team owner Shad Khan said of the Blackmon situation.



Want unlimited access to seattletimes.com? Subscribe now!

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

Want free career advice? And an iPad Mini?

Want free career advice? And an iPad Mini?

Tell us about your goals and challenges and be considered for a future NWjobs career-makeover story, as well as a chance to win an iPad Mini!

Advertising

Partner Video

Advertising

The Seattle Times photographs

Seattle space needle and mountains

Purchase The Seattle Times images


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►