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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The St. Louis Rams have released defensive end rookie Michael Sam, the seventh-round draft pick making a bid to become the first openly gay player on an NFL team. Sam, a seventh round draft pick, had a strong preseason with 11 tackles and three sacks. A team source told ESPN that if Sam clears waivers the team is hoping to sign him to the 10-man practice squad.

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Sam sucks, the Rams.

#1 | Posted by badbird at 2014-08-30 05:53 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I wish someone in the St. Louis media had the guts to ask Rev. Al if he plans on protesting the NFL over the release of a gay man just because he was black.

#2 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2014-08-30 06:01 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

#2

Why would you say something so blatantly ignorant? Sam was outcompeted for a position with the Rams, something he knew was possible from the first second he spent with the team. His triumph was being able to compete for a spot openly regardless who he is and it not being held against him.

But you already knew that so you dredge up a racist retort just because you can. How special....

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2014-08-30 06:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

I wish someone in the St. Louis media had the guts to ask Rev. Al if he plans on protesting the NFL over the release of a gay man just because he was black.
#2 | Posted by bogey1355

Is this your roundabout way of telling us you don't have the guts to get a journalism degree?

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-08-30 06:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

Gee who did not see this happening? Nothing to do with race or sexual preference just skills and he was lacking. So not a story is he was a straight black man.

#6 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2014-08-30 06:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

"strong preseason"?

No where near as a strong as the six rounds before him.

I'd also like to point out that I think I predicted that his being signed would turn out to be nothing but a publicity stunt.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2014-08-30 06:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

#5. Good point! Schools of journalism should now require courses in resisting torture, escape, and evasion.

#8 | Posted by badbird at 2014-08-30 06:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

I think his coming out as gay actually hurt him. SEC defensive player of the year and almost no one picks him? If the Rams hadn't picked him, he would have went undrafted. I think they just wanted to give him a chance, something no other team was going to do. The Rams were already defense heavy with very talented people, I think he knew he had no chance. I don't know if anyone else is going to pick him up.

#9 | Posted by boaz at 2014-08-30 08:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

No where near as a strong as the six rounds before him.

Nope. He wasn't beaten out by any draft pick before him. The player who beat him out was an undrafted defensive lineman.

Sam had a strong preseason, contrary to Gracie's suggestion he lacked skills. The Rams just have one of the deepest defensive fronts in the league, and he didn't make the team. Yet. He's likely going to be on the practice squad.

#10 | Posted by rcade at 2014-08-30 08:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

He may still end up with a job somewhere. By the end of the year a lot of teams are getting deep into the bucket because of injuries.

#11 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-08-30 09:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

"He wasn't beaten out by any draft pick before him"

Are you sure that's how it works?

#12 | Posted by Tor at 2014-08-30 10:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

Are you sure that's how it works?

That's what ESPN's Rams beat writer is saying.

"Before Sam even arrived in St. Louis, the Rams had eight defensive linemen essentially locked into roster spots. They've kept nine in each of the past two seasons, but Sam faced tough competition from undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks for that ninth spot. ...

"Sam and Westbrooks dueled in the preseason, posting similar stats in the four games and playing more snaps than the other defensive linemen. But as the preseason wore on, it was clear Westbrooks offered every bit as much talent in a more versatile package."

espn.go.com

#13 | Posted by rcade at 2014-08-31 07:51 AM | Reply | Flag:

This isn't a big deal, most NFL players only are on the roster 3 or 4 years. He might be gay, big deal, how does he play? Is there younger, faster, healthier players who can do his job? Hell's bells, the NFL will play a rapist if he is good enough.

#14 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-08-31 05:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

Tony,

I hope Sam's finds a place on a roster. And I think he will. My comment was simply a jibe at a race baiting scumbag....Al Sharpton...who would no doubt be making a Federal case out of the whole deal if Sam's wasn't gay. Sam's didn't make the team based on talent. He will in the future. Wish the Saints had him in the bull pen.

#15 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2014-08-31 09:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

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