Steve Zissou wrote:
I hear ya bro. You're right about the Ram's & NFL amking money off of the celebrity gimmick.
I personally think its weird to cheer for someone because of their sexual preference. People don't cheer for Rex Ryan because of his foot fetish haha But I don't think its even close of a comparison to Tebow. He was arguably the greatest college in the past twenty years, & known for being an exceptionally good person, as well as a great team mate. The only reason Michael Sam is famous beyond SEC defensive player of the year is because he made himself into a spectacle, not too dissimilar to Manziel & Miley Cyrus imo
You're right on Tebow, he had a big following prior to the NFL. But some of the media ripping him for his outspoken Christian beliefs definitely created an even bigger fan base for him. I know a lot of parents who said he is the athlete/role model they want their children to emulate.
I think Sam is handling it very well. He started drifting toward the dark side with the Oprah show wanting to film his every move and I fear how she might edit the material to dramatize and manipulate the situation. A big reason I hate reality TV...its not reality.
I'll add this, I'd much rather see my kids in a Sam jersey than a Manziel jersey.