Mizzou Staff, Coaches Show Support for Michael Sam

2 years 7 months 1 week ago February 10, 2014 Feb 10, 2014 Monday, February 10 2014 Monday, February 10, 2014 4:30:00 PM CST in Mizzou Xtra
By: Ashley Colley, KOMU 8 Sports Producer

COLUMBIA - Members of the Missouri football team and the athletic department showed their support for former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam Monday. Sam made the announcement Sunday he is gay with the help of ESPN. Since the announcement, several players, students and officials from the University of Missouri have shown their support for Sam.

Although Michael Sam didn't come out publicly as being gay until Sunday, he revealed to his team he was gay in August. Craig Kuligowski, Sam's defensive line coach, was the Missouri football coach who was running the team building exercise where Sam revealed his sexual orientation.

"You get up there and you tell them about yourself and something they might not know about you. Mike got up there and said 'my name is Michael Sam, I play defensive end, I'm gay' and it was just that easy."

Following that event, Kuligowski made a call to head coach Gary Pinkel to tell him about what Sam had revealed. On Monday, Pinkel reflected back on that moment.

"I got a phone call from a coach who was in the group Michael was in and told me Michael had told the whole group he was gay," Pinkel explained.

"The next morning, Michael came into my office and talked to me. I gave a hug, told him I loved him and we talked about what he wanted to do. We told him ultimately it was his decision and for him to sleep on it. The next morning he said 'Coach, I don't want to be a distraction here. I wanna focus on winning football games. I want the team to have its best year and for me to have my best year.' So we decided to honor that."

Pat Ivey, associate athletic director of athletic performance discussed how much support Sam had from the team from the beginning.

"It was one of those things where the team knew that there's this trust now because when you have trust and loyalty with a team, they'll fight for each other. The team was prepared for him to come out. If he said he was going to come out when he told the team, the team was prepared to put on the armor and go to battle."

Missouri Director of Athletics Mike Alden said he fully supports Michael Sam and the decision he made.

"We're so proud of him. He's such a fine young man and certainly the way he represents Mizzou is outstanding. This is an opportunity for all of us to be respectful of one another, celebrate our differences and for us to recognize we are all Tigers and all part of the same family," Alden said.

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
WARSAW (AP) — A 51-year-old Springfield man already in prison on drug charges has been sentenced to life in prison... More >>
3 hours ago September 24, 2016 Sep 24, 2016 Saturday, September 24 2016 Saturday, September 24, 2016 5:58:00 PM CDT in News
JOPLIN (AP) — A former Joplin police officer has pleaded guilty to a federal charge for offering to help a... More >>
3 hours ago September 24, 2016 Sep 24, 2016 Saturday, September 24 2016 Saturday, September 24, 2016 5:32:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - Fulton Police arrested two siblings Saturday morning at a residence on the 900 block of Lyle Street. ... More >>
3 hours ago September 24, 2016 Sep 24, 2016 Saturday, September 24 2016 Saturday, September 24, 2016 5:20:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A 41-year-old man was accused of beating his significant other with a hammer Friday, according to the Boone... More >>
5 hours ago September 24, 2016 Sep 24, 2016 Saturday, September 24 2016 Saturday, September 24, 2016 4:03:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Old Munichburg Association brought the community out to celebrate German culture during Saturday's Oktoberfest. The... More >>
5 hours ago September 24, 2016 Sep 24, 2016 Saturday, September 24 2016 Saturday, September 24, 2016 3:52:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - MU Children's Hospital held a tailgate for the MU vs. Delaware State football game Saturday. With help... More >>
5 hours ago September 24, 2016 Sep 24, 2016 Saturday, September 24 2016 Saturday, September 24, 2016 3:15:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 25-year-old man was struck and killed after he got out of a vehicle stopped... More >>
6 hours ago September 24, 2016 Sep 24, 2016 Saturday, September 24 2016 Saturday, September 24, 2016 2:50:51 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri Tigers' quarterback Drew Lock threw for 402 yards and five touchdowns, including four to wide receiver J’Mon... More >>
6 hours ago September 24, 2016 Sep 24, 2016 Saturday, September 24 2016 Saturday, September 24, 2016 2:22:00 PM CDT in Sports
HAZELWOOD (AP) — St. Louis area police said injuries have been reported after a car hit people waiting for a... More >>
7 hours ago September 24, 2016 Sep 24, 2016 Saturday, September 24 2016 Saturday, September 24, 2016 1:51:48 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - This morning officers confirmed a report of shots fired in the area of Arlene Drive and Gillespie Bridge... More >>
8 hours ago September 24, 2016 Sep 24, 2016 Saturday, September 24 2016 Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:54:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One person was killed when a vehicle plunged into a Kansas City area lake. ... More >>
8 hours ago September 24, 2016 Sep 24, 2016 Saturday, September 24 2016 Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:15:43 PM CDT in News
ROGERSVILLE (AP) — A 13-year-old Missouri boy who's mowing lawns for free for single mothers, senior citizens and the disabled... More >>
9 hours ago September 24, 2016 Sep 24, 2016 Saturday, September 24 2016 Saturday, September 24, 2016 11:30:43 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tried unsuccessfully to buy a Kansas City casino in 1999, but... More >>
10 hours ago September 24, 2016 Sep 24, 2016 Saturday, September 24 2016 Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:50:02 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Puppies with Purpose, a CHAMP Assistance Dogs, Inc. program gives puppies the opportunity to train to become assistance... More >>
12 hours ago September 24, 2016 Sep 24, 2016 Saturday, September 24 2016 Saturday, September 24, 2016 8:35:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - A 23-year-old man is accused of breaking into the MU Alpha Chi Omega sorority house Thursday. John... More >>
22 hours ago September 23, 2016 Sep 23, 2016 Friday, September 23 2016 Friday, September 23, 2016 10:40:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A car and motorcycle collided at the intersection of Brown School Road and Highway 763 Friday evening. ... More >>
23 hours ago September 23, 2016 Sep 23, 2016 Friday, September 23 2016 Friday, September 23, 2016 9:53:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Two people told police they saw someone with a weapon on the 400 block of Brooks Street... More >>
1 day ago September 23, 2016 Sep 23, 2016 Friday, September 23 2016 Friday, September 23, 2016 7:55:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Teaching children about "the birds and the bees" can be an experience many parents dread. But a seminar... More >>
1 day ago September 23, 2016 Sep 23, 2016 Friday, September 23 2016 Friday, September 23, 2016 7:21:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 79°
9pm 79°
10pm 77°
11pm 76°
12am 75°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

9:00p
This Is Us
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
10:29p
Saturday Night Live
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld
10:00p
Rules of Engagement

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:00p
This Is Us
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld