The reactions from the St. Louis Rams drafted Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay player drafted to the NFL, kissing his boyfriend have began heating up over the social media sites and the Internet.
In a video showing an emotional Michael Sam hearing the news that he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, the new NFL player became emotional with tears as he leaned in and kissed boyfriend Vito Cammisano.
Soon after the kissing video went viral, which included Michael Sam and his boyfriend celebrating smashing cake on their faces, celebrities, sport athletes and fans began sharing their mixed reactions.
Former Super Bowl champion Derrick Ward tweeted that Michael Sam “is no bueno” for what he done on TV, while the former New York Giants and Houston Texans player added that “little kids” are watching and he couldn’t believe ESPN allowed it.
Ward claims he has since received death threats against him and his family after his comments.
Don Jones, safety for the Miami Dolphins, also tweeted the words “horrible” and “OMG” after Michael Sam’s kiss aired.
More and more negative reactions came in while some positive reactions came in as well.
Robert Quinn, defensive end for the Rams, tweeted “welcome to the squad” referring to Michael Sam.
President Barack Obama also sent a congratulations statement calling Michael Sam’s draft “an important step” for the nation’s journey for LGBT Americans, who Obama says “prove everyday” that it is not who you are but what you do that should be judged.
Many others compared Sam’s kiss to any athlete kissing their wife or girlfriend.
Still, Patrick Dollard, a Hollywood filmmaker, claims that “any straight person” who says that the kiss between Sam and his boyfriend “doesn’t look disgusting” could not pass a lie detector test and, if so, prove him wrong.
Meanwhile, Sam’s boyfriend Vito has since shared the kiss photo claiming he ‘couldn’t be more proud.’