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Rams Officially Sign Michael Sam To Four-Year Multi-Million Dollar Contract

by David Badash on June 13, 2014

in News,Sports

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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: ‘If Someone Disowns You, Be Part Of My Family. I’ll Welcome You.’

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Alex_Parrish June 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm

This is good news but the story is a little confusing. If it is a 4-year contract for $2.65 million, why is he guaranteed only $46k? Do they hire him on contract and then have the option to fire him, nullifying the contract? How is it then a contract? This might just be some common NFL practice that is beyond my comprehension, but if a contract and a dollar-figure don't mean anything, then the announcement is just a publicity-stunt. Anyway — Sam seems pleased with it so I am happy for him.

BJLincoln June 13, 2014 at 3:20 pm

I'm not sure I understand the contract. 46K is nothing compared to 2.65 million.
No matter. Good for him and good for us. Good for the Rams. I look forward to a great season.

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