(Note: The following story contains graphic language)
College football star Michael Sam made history last night when he became the first active Division I college football player to come out as gay.
Sam is also eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft and poised to become the first active openly gay player in the league's history.
There has been speculation for quite some time as to when an active member of the NFL or a Division I college player would come out of the closet. Sam's coming out is nothing short of groundbreaking, but that doesn't mean everyone is happy about it and much of the social media firestorm that followed in its wake proved to be, unfortunately, predictably horrifying:
Fuck Michael Sam .. can't even watch ESPN without these anchors making him sound like a hero.. All he did was SUCK cock
— J_MaRz (@J_Marz_21) February 10, 2014
Fuck Michael sam.
— Ripped Homie Quan (@Escobar_Pleaser) February 10, 2014
"@ESPNUK: "I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: A college graduate, African American, and I'm gay. Fag hahaha
— Wez (@WezDublin) February 10, 2014
these faggots stay coming out the closet fuck michael sam
— ED (@ED_THE_TRUTH305) February 10, 2014
michael sam is disgusting. i doubt he gets drafted, way to betray god!
— NFCEASTCHAMPS (@KingPaggi3) February 10, 2014
It's unbelievable how much Michael Sam is being praised for being gay and how criticized Tim Tebow was for being a Christian
— Matt Conger (@MattKingKonger) February 10, 2014
Michael Sam mouth look like its just wating to gobble dick. He gonna be tryna turn them NFL boys out with a lil head.....
— laughoften (@stoplying_hoe) February 10, 2014
Michael Sam first openly gay athlete in the NFL??? that's freaking disgusting!!!!!! should be kicked out if the NFL and the USA
— Grey (@greyclark24) February 10, 2014
I wish they take this faggot michael sam off my fucking screen show some real sports news nd highlights
— reggie© (@ILikeTheOCup) February 10, 2014
While we've made a huge amount of progress as a community and LGBT individuals, it's important to also remember that not everyone is quite so ecstatic about our political and social gains. These tweets serve as reminder that this is no time to be complacent with our victories and that there is still a huge amount of work left to do.
However, not all of the tweets were as awful. The Miami Dolphins' Richie Incognito, who was suspended from Nov. 3 until last week over allegations of bullying, tweeted his support for Sam.
Others NFL players, veterans and college football players joined in as well.
Hats off to you Michael Sam, that takes some guts #respect
— Jonathan A. Martin (@J_Martin71) February 10, 2014
And finally, a statement of support from the First Lady herself: