Opinion Off the Ball

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Bigots bite back as Michael Sam sexuality stays in spotlight

Michael Sam
Michael Sam

Donny Mahoney

Surreal is one word to describe the experience of flicking channels from the crowning of bearded lady Conchita Wurst as Eurovision champion late on Saturday to the tail end of the NFL draft, with Michael Sam, the first openly gay man in the history of the league, still 'on the board'.

Desolation was writ large across the faces of the talking heads. Closing time was nigh and there was no way to spin this.

Since the draft's kick-off on Thursday night, all 32 NFL franchises had been given multiple opportunities to draft Sam, and each had passed on the chance.

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