Missouri DE Michael Sam Had A Boyfriend in College [Details]
Rucuss staffFebruary 10, 2014
University of Missouri all America defensive lineman Michael Sam had a boyfriend while in college.
Although Sam only officially came out to his teammates last August, he didn’t hide that he was dating men. Sam’s rumored boyfriend was a member of the swim team, Vito Cammisano.
“I actually dated someone in college,” Sam told ESPN’s Outside the Lines. “I wasn’t hiding it, but I didn’t come out either. And people were just like, ‘OK, Michael Sam is gay.’ I wasn’t hiding my relationship with him, but finally coming out to the team made it official.”
Sam figured out in college that he was gay and not bisexual.
“It was new. It was different. I had never dated a guy before and it was my first time dating a guy,” he said. “It felt right. I know what I want, I know that I can have a relationship now with a man. We went out in public, we had dinners together, movies, holding hands. I felt comfortable, it felt right. If someone has a problem with it, then they just have to deal with that.”
Sam was also asked in his interview with Chris Connelly what it’s like being a gay player in the locker room and whether that would be an issue like some heterosexual players believe.
“My teammates accepted me. We showered in the locker rooms together,” Sam said. “There was never a problem. It’s a business workplace and we have to act professional. I’ve never been attracted to my teammates because I don’t want that problem. So (the guy) I had a relationship with wasn’t a football player. It was an athlete, but it wasn’t a football player because I didn’t want any problems in the locker room.
Sam added, “Hopefully it will be the same like my locker room. It’s a workplace. I didn’t have any problems with any scrutiny in my locker room. If you’ve ever been in a Division I or pro locker room, it’s a business place, you want to act professional.”
Sam wants to end the stereotype that all gay men are predators.
“People will talk about the stereotype of gays being in the locker room,” he said. “To me I think that it’s a little stereotyped that gays are predators. That’s very offensive.”
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