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Obama on Michael Sam: An important step in our nation's journey

"From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are," President says.

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Matt Bradwell
St Louis Ram Michael Sam (52) shown as a member of the Missouri Tigers. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St Louis Ram Michael Sam (52) shown as a member of the Missouri Tigers. UPI/Bill Greenblatt | License Photo

WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- President Obama is the latest to honor St. Louis Ram Michael Sam, who made history yesterday by being the first openly gay man drafted by an NFL team.

In a statement released earlier the White House said:

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The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward in our Nation's journey. From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are.

Although the President is among many Americans to join the NFL and its fans in celebration of Sam, when asked, the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year acknowledged that secretly prejudiced individuals are likely still sheltered within the shadows of NFL front offices, a fact that could have affected Sam's draft stock.

You know what, who knows? Who knows? Only the people who sit in the war room know. They saw Michael Sam, day after day they scratched it off the board. That was their loss. But St. Louis kept me on that board. And you know what I feel like I'm a [Jadeveon] Clowney, a first draft pick. I'm proud of where I am now.

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