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Prime Time Shows Support For Michael Sam

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Hall of Fame CB and former Falcon Deion "Prime Time" Sanders showed support of Michael Sam, who will be the first openly gay NFL prospect to be drafted, via Twitter. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images.
Hall of Fame CB and former Falcon Deion "Prime Time" Sanders showed support of Michael Sam, who will be the first openly gay NFL prospect to be drafted, via Twitter. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images.

Since Sunday afternoon, when NFL prospect Michael Sam announced in an ESPN interview that he is openly gay, the world of social media has exploded with commentaries and opinions. Some are supportive, and yet others are laced with the unsavory hashtag “#MichaelSamisaf-----“.

We do not have to worry about the Atlanta Falcons causing any controversy. In fact, Falcons legend and Hall of Fame CB Deion “Prime Time” Sanders had nothing but good things to say about the former University of Missouri sack master.

“I applaud Missouri DE @MichaelSamfootball for his bravery & honesty about who he is," Sanders tweeted on his official Twitter page. “ I pray he gets a opportunity 2 play the game he loves!”

Sanders also alluded that while Sam is not the first gay NFL player ever, players should show him the same love as everyone else.

See Michael, you are already receiving love from one of the legends of the game.

I totally agree with Sanders’ support of Sam. There are a plethora of players who are Christian, or claim to be one, that are looking to use his sexuality as an excuse to steer clear from him. Sanders' tweets serve as a strong stance against potential bigotry, in which it appears he is calling for players to accept and respect Sam as a teammate.

The only problem fans may see with the tweets by Sanders is that some could argue against his last passage on Sam.

"God hates the Sin but loves the Sinner," he tweeted. "Let's stop judging others and understand we all sin. Your sin ain't my sin but we all sin. Truth."

I am sure some of us will argue whether or not homosexuality is actually a sin. I can see that debate occurring among peers. Aside from the possible religious debate, however, I do not mind what Sanders is saying on this historic event. If Missouri accepted Sam and the NFL already knew about his lifestyle, then I am certain that a lucky NFL team will not mind drafting him. At the end of the day, it is all about winning games and contributing to the team’s success. We applaud players like Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger and Philadelphia's Michael Vick despite their “shortcomings”, so why not embrace a true hero like Sam?

I for one am rooting for you to shine, Michael Sam. And thank you Prime for showing that you're an allstar both on and off the field.