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Michael Sam Gets a Standing Ovation at a Missouri Basketball Game

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrities Are Better than You | February 16, 2014 | Comments ()


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How did the Missouri audience react to seeing Michael Sam in an arena for the first time since he announced that he was gay, making him likely the first openly gay NFL player (once he’s drafted in April)? Just like you’d expect from thousands of red-meat, middle-American basketball fans: With a standing O.

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Sam was there with the rest of his football team to receive a trophy for Missouri’s win in the Cotton Bowl. Any concerns the University of Missouri might have had with the fuss members of the Westboro Baptist Church created by protesting outside of the arena must have been quickly put to rest with that amazing scene.

The student body president, by the way, also revealed that he was gay on Twitter last week.

Source: LGBTQ Nation


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  • John W

    Hopefully he'll get the same reception when his name is called in Radio City Music Hall.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Well, unless he's drafted by the JETS. In that case, true equality dictates he be booed my the hometown fans.

  • bcarter3

    "Just like you’d expect from thousands of red-meat, middle-American basketball fans: With a standing O."

    "Standing O" has a couple of different meanings. Which one applies here?

  • Finance_Nerd

    As an ex-infantry soldier, I think this bears repeating. Here's what did not matter among me and those in my fireteam/squad/platoon when we were training for combat and/or deployed in life/death situations:
    Race
    Religion
    Sexual preference

    Here's what would we knew would get someone hurt or killed:
    Stupidity - this is different than uneducated: stupid is doing the wrong thing while knowing better (e.g. pointing a jammed weapon at another team member; it could go off at any time - keep that shit pointed down range)
    Laziness - equipment maintenance is essential, both your weapon and body. People that would shrug off maintenance duties in lieu of other things would piss me off to no end (e.g. someone didn't clean their weapon thoroughly b/c they were tired; later it jams during a firefight and they can't cover their area.)

    I think this is the same in football, sports and life. If someone can do their job well (if not better than others), then who cares about the rest. Congrats to the Missouri students for showing that they understand this.

    Note - gender (M/F) was not listed above b/c the army infantry was not integrated at that time, but this does not matter either

  • Target_Blonde

    Almost all of the men in my family served as well and this was what I heard throughout my entire childhood. Stupid and lazy are the two worst attributes in my father (ex-Navy, retired a Lieutenant, I got to sleep on a submarine when I was little!!)'s opinion.

    Man doesn't care a fig about what you do in your personal life but woe be to him/her that doesn't take the necessary steps to protect the lives of those around you.

    Glad to know the LT isn't the only person who thinks the same way.

    (And thank you for your service!)

  • Dave Dorris

    As the proud sone of an infantry soldier (WWII) I salute your service and your stance. Thank you sir.

  • Finance_Nerd

    Don't call me sir, I worked for a living. :) Just a dig at officers - I was a Sergeant (NCO: non-commissioned officer).

    Thanks. I was proud to serve.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    That picture of the human wall brings tears to my eyes. I went to a rather gay-friendly Alfred University 94-98, and it's so heart-warming to me to see big, public state schools (midwest/southern no less!) are becoming a place of acceptance and tolerance (though I hate the notion of 'tolerance,' as it implies that race or sexuality is something that must be tolerated).

  • There was also an anti-Westboro protest by students who surrounded the arena. http://college-basketball.si.c... Proud to say I'm a Mizzou alum.

  • evica

    Did I just see a "death penalty 4 fags" sign??? I'm from Spain and not very familiar with the Westbory Baptist Chuch. I had heard of them before, knew they were some crazy fundamentalists, but never thought they were so crazy. So painfully crazy. It really hurts to think that there's people out there who believe that someone should be killed because of who they fall in love with. So sad.

  • kirbyjay

    Good book to read is "Banished: My Life in the Westboro Baptist Church" by Lauren Drain. Explains a lot

  • unpious

    I've had to walk through their picket lines before. It's really an almost overwhelming amount of hatred that they ooze.

  • emmalita

    Ugh. Sorry you experienced that.

  • unpious

    Thanks. The silver lining was that it was a pretty clarifying experience for a naive teenager. There are some people who will just hate you and cannot be reasoned with. All you can do is walk past them.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    The whole thing is a scam. The followers may believe their tripe, but the head of it all and his lawyer son and daughter are in it to make money through lawsuits.

  • Dave Dorris

    I wish that were true. I don't think it is. They are who the say they are.

  • idiosynchronic

    There's conservative political grifting - FOX, Sarah Palin - and then there's the Westboro Baptist Church.

  • One of Westboro's favorite tricks is to hold their anti-gay protests at the funerals of military members killed in action. The way they choose to push their particular agenda is reprehensible.

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