By Jase Peeples
Originally published on Advocate.com February 10 2014 2:20 PM ET
Moments after college football star Michael Sam, a defensive lineman for the University of Missouri, came out as gay in a New York Times article, thousands of supporters flocked to Twitter to congratulate the brave athlete. Among those who commended the NFL hopeful’s decision to publicly reveal his orientation was out NBA player Jason Collins, who tweeted, “I can't wait to cheer for whatever lucky team that drafts @mikesamfootball. Personally I hope he goes to my favorite team. The @Colts.”
However, not everyone applauded Sam’s bravery. Several antigay bigots decided to hide behind the safety of their keyboard and spew messages of hate at the groundbreaking college football star. Below are 15 of the most vile, homophobic messages that hit the Twitterverse in response to Sam’s decision to kick down the closet door and live his life honestly.
Who gives a shit if Michael Sam is a fag I dont wanna hear it everytime I turn to @ESPN
— Smokey Dope (@TokeyDope) February 10, 2014
Michael Sam I'm gonna cast yo fag fucking ass to hellz!!!
— Spirit of Truth (@SpiritofTruth1) February 10, 2014
New Fag League - The Doom of a Great American Game http://t.co/4mZHYO2GAA
— Pastor Jeff Earls (@PastorJeffEarls) February 10, 2014
It saddens me that black male role models now are either homo or in jail. College football star Michael Sam: I'm gay http://t.co/4VM6bXMOjv
— Mary Fords Grandbaby (@MaryFordgb) February 10, 2014
No one care if Michael Sam is gay. Be a homo in private. I want to watch sports center not a gay guy who plays football.
— sam palmer (@sampalmer14) February 10, 2014
what a wacko Michael Sam lol says hes atracted to guys WTF thats fucking gross haha @espn #SportsCenter that should be Not top 10 lol
— NBAInsider (@wesleym80) February 10, 2014
That queer Michael Sam needs to go home. No one wants gay people on there football team.
— Randy (@RandalldaCandle) February 10, 2014
Michael Sam bringing smear the queer to a whole new level #corksoaker
— Dub (@DawgsAreInAnI) February 10, 2014
MLK is ROLLING in His Grave. Did He DIE 4 This? http://t.co/cA4q1ee1Vh Who is going 2 follow this guy w/o the liberal elite? #bathhousebarry
— Gopis dead (@Gopisdead) February 10, 2014
Michael sam. Hope u die
— Pariah's Child (@Lakeshow_248) February 10, 2014
Michael Sam's don't ask don't tell brotha.. Now I can't watch sport center for the rest of the week , you ruined it god damn !
— Al Hannum (@AlHannum3) February 10, 2014
Call me heartless, but I won't support Michael Sam. I won't discriminate, but I also can't praise a man who has disregarded God's laws.
— Jordan Bowers (@BowersIsTheBoss) February 10, 2014
Why are people praising Michael Sam & acting like hes greater than God just because hes openly gay?!? Its a sin! #ThisWorldIsGoingToHell
— Alek Aker (@AlekAker) February 10, 2014
@jeffpearlman God hates fags & fag enablers, thus God hates @MikeSamFootball & you! #SHAME pic.twitter.com/dnAld9cL9N pic.twitter.com/S2LegZ1gj7
— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSays) February 10, 2014
Help drown out homophobic messages being sent to Sam by tweeting your support to @mikesamfootball.