White House Praises Michael Sam's Announcement

2 years 7 months 2 weeks ago February 10, 2014 Feb 10, 2014 Monday, February 10 2014 Monday, February 10, 2014 1:40:00 PM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is applauding a University of Missouri football player's decision to announce that he is gay, with President Barack Obama's spokesman, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden all portraying him as a courageous and inspirational athlete.

Biden and the first lady took to Twitter on Monday to comment on Michael Sam, the all-American college player who declared publicly on Sunday that he is gay. Mrs. Obama says she "couldn't be prouder" of Sam's courage, both on and off the field.

The tweet was signed "-mo," which is how the White House marks messages personally sent by the first lady.

"Your courage is an inspiration to all of us," Biden said. The message was signed "-VP," which designates that the vice president sent it personally.

Sam could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. He's scheduled to participate in the league's weeklong scouting camp, where potential draftees are evaluated, later this month in Indianapolis. He is currently projected to be a mid-round draft pick in May.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president "shares the sentiments expressed by the first lady and the vice president and so many others in marveling at his courage and congratulating him on the decisions he's made, on the support he's had from his team and wishing him well in the future, including in professional football."

Carney said Sam's announcement should not affect his standing on the NFL draft and that his abilities should be measured by his performance.

"And in this case, his performance has been exceptional," Carney said.

 

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
ROCK HILL (AP) — A suburban St. Louis firefighter found unresponsive while on duty has died. Authorities say 46-year-old... More >>
35 minutes ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 8:23:02 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man and his girlfriend are both hospitalized after being attacked by a group... More >>
39 minutes ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 8:18:44 AM CDT in News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — St. Charles County is joining a St. Louis regional drug monitoring program that seeks to reduce... More >>
42 minutes ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 8:15:32 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City police are getting ready to begin testing body cameras. WDAF-TV ( http://bit.ly/2d6qtbI )... More >>
51 minutes ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 8:06:34 AM CDT in News
PECULIAR (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fatal fire in western Missouri. The Cass County Sheriff's Office said in... More >>
57 minutes ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 8:01:17 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities have identified a homicide victim who was found inside a vehicle in Kansas City. ... More >>
1 hour ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 7:51:26 AM CDT in Continuous News
CLAYTON (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after admitting he fatally shot... More >>
1 hour ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 7:47:54 AM CDT in News
STURGEON - A fatal collision between a car and a box truck occurred on Highway 63 North early Tuesday morning.... More >>
1 hour ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 7:24:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA- Tuesday night, the Missouri Theatre will be hosting Karen Jones Meadows’ Harriet’s Return: Based Upon the Legendary Life of... More >>
3 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 5:49:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Republicans and Democrats both held watch parties in Columbia Monday night for the first presidential debate of 2016.... More >>
9 hours ago September 26, 2016 Sep 26, 2016 Monday, September 26 2016 Monday, September 26, 2016 11:36:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department said it arrested a man after a road rage stabbing that happened at the... More >>
9 hours ago September 26, 2016 Sep 26, 2016 Monday, September 26 2016 Monday, September 26, 2016 11:15:00 PM CDT in News
LAKE OZARK - Two people burglarized a Kohl's department store on Saturday, Sept. 24. According to the Lake Ozark... More >>
10 hours ago September 26, 2016 Sep 26, 2016 Monday, September 26 2016 Monday, September 26, 2016 10:31:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Mayor's Task Force on Medical Tourism meets Tuesday afternoon to begin the discussion on making Columbia destination... More >>
10 hours ago September 26, 2016 Sep 26, 2016 Monday, September 26 2016 Monday, September 26, 2016 9:59:00 PM CDT in News
PATTON (AP) — A 49-year-old man is accused of causing a southeast Missouri crash that killed two people riding a... More >>
13 hours ago September 26, 2016 Sep 26, 2016 Monday, September 26 2016 Monday, September 26, 2016 7:45:01 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - If you think your teenager is addicted to his or her phone, you might be dealing with a... More >>
14 hours ago September 26, 2016 Sep 26, 2016 Monday, September 26 2016 Monday, September 26, 2016 6:38:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA—Boone County Emergency Management has implemented a new tool to help citizens in time of emergency. The software, called... More >>
15 hours ago September 26, 2016 Sep 26, 2016 Monday, September 26 2016 Monday, September 26, 2016 5:33:00 PM CDT in News
OSAGE COUNTY - School of the Osage officials got word Monday afternoon a suspect with warrants out for his arrest... More >>
15 hours ago September 26, 2016 Sep 26, 2016 Monday, September 26 2016 Monday, September 26, 2016 5:13:00 PM CDT in News
MARSHALL - The Marshall Police Department arrested a woman on Friday, Sept. 23 in relation to the death of an... More >>
16 hours ago September 26, 2016 Sep 26, 2016 Monday, September 26 2016 Monday, September 26, 2016 4:32:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 61°
9am 59°
10am 63°
11am 67°
12pm 71°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
8:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
9:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
10:00a
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:00p
This Is Us
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
MADtv
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld