GlobalSport Matters with Kenneth Shropshire

Why Sport Matters with Kenneth Shropshire: Michael Sam

Episode Summary

Five years after coming out publicly, former football player Michael Sam recently spoke at Arizona State University on "Masculinity, identity and moving forward: I am Michael Sam." Sam spoke with Global Sports Institute director of research Dr. Scott Brooks, who was at Missouri as a professor at the same time Sam played football for the school. Missouri is a conservative atmosphere on campus and in the town, yet Sam said he felt comfortable coming out there because of head coach Gary Pinkel. "He was a huge, huge factor in that," Sam said.

Episode Notes

Five years after coming out publicly, former football player Michael Sam recently spoke at Arizona State University on "Masculinity, identity and moving forward: I am Michael Sam."

Sam spoke with Global Sports Institute director of research Dr. Scott Brooks, who was at Missouri as a professor at the same time Sam played football for the school. Missouri is a conservative atmosphere on campus and in the town, yet Sam said he felt comfortable coming out there because of head coach Gary Pinkel. "He was a huge, huge factor in that," Sam said.