Over the weekend while meeting with members of the media for the first time since coming out, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam said he wanted to be seen as "Michael Sam the football player, not Michael Sam the gay football player." That wish was granted by New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese, who flat-out refused to discuss Sam's sexual orientation.
"I'm not talking about that. If you want to talk about him as a football player that's fine," Reese said. "What people do in their personal life, I'm not concerned about that."
Reese made sure to point out that Sam winning SEC Defensive Player of the year was a testament to his ability on the field, adding that his sexual preferences do no factor into his athletic ability.
Unfortunately for Sam, his athletic ability came under fire after running a 4.91 40-yard dash. However, it wasn't enough to stop the Giants from sitting down with him, as they held a private meeting with the Missouri product shortly after Jerry Reese's press conference.
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