The St. Louis Rams have drafted the first openly gay football player in the 2014 NFL draft. This progressive move, in the seventh round, made history and marked a positive step forward for the gay community.
Gay rights conversation is a prevalent topic across the globe and the acceptance of homosexual relationships is becoming more popular than ever. The NFL’s reputation was put on line line when Michael Sam came out to the public. Although criticism was bound to come from either side, experts agree that rhe Rams drafting avoided a PR crisis.
“[the NFL] was looking at a possible public relations hit if Sam was not drafted.” –The Associated Press
The next step is for Sam to prove himself on the football field.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated: “I want to see Michael Sam get an opportunity to play in the NFL. We like to say the NFL is the ultimate meritocracy. If you can play football, they want to see you play. The teams want you. The fans want you. And that’s ultimately what it’s all about. I have great respect for Michael, his courage, his decision to become public, and I’m optimistic that he’s going to get that opportunity, and hopefully he can play at this level.”
The NFL and Sam have done a glowing jobs with the buzz surrounding this news. Both parties used this touching personal event to demonstrate positive PR.