May 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Michael Sam says coming out hurt his NFL career
(Screenshot via YouTube)

(Screenshot via YouTube)

Michael Sam blames being open about his sexuality for the downfall of his NFL career.

In an interview with Edge of Sports, Sam pinpoints coming out in 2013 as the main reason for his limited success.

“I think if I never would have came out, never would have said those words out to the public, I would still be currently in the NFL,” Sam told Edge of Sports. “But because of me saying those words, I think it could have played a huge part in my current situation.”

Since coming out, Sam has bounced around from team to team on the NFL, including the St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys. He currently plays defensive for the Montreal Alouettes.

“I know how to play this game, I can play this game,” Sam continued. “I don’t know what goes on in the NFL with the guys who are making the decisions, but whatever it is, hopefully it’s not what I think it is.”

Sam also wants the NFL to be more supportive of the LGBT community like other sports leagues.

“They should do more. They really should do more. I mean, everyone watches football, everyone loves football,” Sam says. “Right now who is leading that charge is probably the NBA, the NBA is very outspoken and they do a lot for the LBGT community. The NFL does very few.”


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