Michael Sam celebrates NFL draft by kissing boyfriend on TV
Gay footballer Michael Sam celebrated his historic draft to the St Louis Rams, by kissing his boyfriend on live TV.
Sam made history last night as the first openly gay player to be drafted to the NFL, joining the Rams in the seventh draft.
Receiving the call to say he had been drafted, Sam burst into tears while holding the hand of his boyfriend, whose name he has not yet disclosed.
Hanging up the phone, the pair then embraced, before kissing infront of the cameras.
Sam later tweeted: “Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I’m using every once of this to achieve greatness!”
Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I’m using every once of this to achieve greatness!! pic.twitter.com/QESdOJVzsw
— Michael Sam (@MikeSamFootball) May 10, 2014
Watch the moment below:
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The University of Missouri football player came out in an ESPN interview on 9 February.
Despite expectations that he would be drafted, some experts said his sexuality might have put off prospective teams as a “distraction”.