The St. Louis Rams have signed Michael Sam to a four-year, $2.65 million dollar contract, officially making him the first openly gay player to be hired into a mainline professional sports team.
The Rams made the announcement yesterday afternoon, and in fact hired all eleven picks from their entire 2014 draft class.
Sam, who is 24, is guaranteed at least $46,000, according to Fox Sports. “Let’s do this!!” Sam tweeted after the news was announced.
In early February, Michael Sam announced that he is gay, not wanting to surprise a future employer. He has become a flash point for conservatives, one that exploded when he was drafted into the NFL last month. Sam, as many players do, kissed his significant other — in this case, a man — infuriating social conservatives who thought it was a ratings plot by ESPN.
Some, like Dallas, Texas TV talk show host Amy Kushnir, were so outraged it affected their ability to do their jobs. Others used it to gain attention, notably, Christian lobbyist Jack Burkman, who launched a petition against the St. Louis Rams and VISA, promising they would get “roughed up financially.”
Here’s Sam’s tweet:
— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) June 12, 2014
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