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Michael Sam

All-American football player Michael Sam publicly came out in February, and if he's taken in the 2014 draft, he could be the first openly gay player in the NFL. In an interview with ESPN, he said that he's aware of the history-making opportunity, saying, "I understand how big this is. It's a big deal. No one has done this before . . . I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it. I just want to own my truth."

In the wake of all the buzz after Sam's coming out, Jon Stewart talked about homophobia in the NFL, saying, "No pro team wants the type of controversy having a gay player is going to cause. If he had just been convicted of DUI vehicular manslaughter, or obstruction of justice in connection with a murder, or have been accused of sexual assault, or screamed the n-word at a concert, or killed a bunch of dogs and buried them in his f*cking yard, you know — NFL material." Stewart's comments went viral, as did Texas anchor Dale Hansen's take on the news. Hansen said, "It wasn't that long ago when we were being told that black players couldn't play in our games because it would be uncomfortable."

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