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Saturday, February 15, 2014
L.G. Patterson, APMissouri's All-American defensive end Michael Sam claps during the Cotton Bowl trophy presentation at halftime of an NCAA college basketball game between Missouri and Tennessee, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Columbia, Mo.

L.G. Patterson, AP
Missouri’s All-American defensive end Michael Sam claps during the Cotton Bowl trophy presentation at halftime of an NCAA college basketball game between Missouri and Tennessee, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Columbia, Mo.

Michael Sam receives a standing ovation from fans at Saturday night's NCAA basketball game in Columbia, Mo.

L.G. Patterson, AP
Michael Sam receives a standing ovation from Mizzou students and fans at Saturday night’s NCAA basketball game in Columbia, Mo.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Michael Sam received a standing ovation when he appeared on the arena video boards during Missouri’s basketball game against Tennessee on Saturday.

The All-America defensive end who could became the first openly gay player in the NFL, later blew a kiss to the student section and shook hands with fans.

Sam and football team were honored at halftime for their Cotton Bowl over Oklahoma State.

L.G. Patterson, APMichael Sam, left, watches head coach Gary Pinkel, right, raise the Cotton Bowl trophy during a presentation at halftime of an NCAA college basketball game between Missouri and Tennessee, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Columbia, Mo.

L.G. Patterson, AP
Michael Sam, left, watches head coach Gary Pinkel raise the Cotton Bowl trophy during a presentation at halftime of an NCAA college basketball game between Missouri and Tennessee, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Columbia, Mo.

Wearing a shirt declaring “We Are All CoMo Sexuals,” 51-year-old Michelle Carmichael joined more than a thousand others in forming a line of support for Sam. She didn’t hesitate to answer why.

“Because Michael Sam stood up for Mizzou his entire career and we need to stand up for him,” she said.

The shirt plays off the nickname of Columbia, Mo., where Sam announced to his teammates in August that he was gay. The NFL hopeful shared his sexuality with the world last Sunday.

A Facebook event created this week called for the community to stand together for Sam outside Mizzou Arena on Saturday during a planned protest by members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church. Nearly 5,000 people said they would attend, though not as many turned out in the 30-degree chill.

Mason Schara, the student body president who posted Monday on Twitter that he’s gay, said the university will always treat Sam as one of its own.

“The majority of us knew and we just didn’t think anything of it because that’s just who we are here,” Schara said. “The fact that there’s been such a positive reaction across the nation is what sparked us to be here today.”

The fervor surrounding Sam’s announcement quickly died down on campus after coach Gary Pinkel and athletic director Mike Alden said Monday that they supported the 6-foot-2, 255-pound player.

Sam also had not been seen publicly this week before joining teammates and Pinkel at the basketball game.

Supporters weren’t concerned that Sam’s draft status might drop because of his sexuality, saying he should be judged by his numbers on the field. Others expressed hope that Sam will inspire more athletes to feel comfortable in coming out, because there will always be people who support them.

“I am hopeful that the NFL won’t care about something like this,” Schara said. “It doesn’t matter about his sexual orientation. He’s a great player and everyone would be lucky to have him.”

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141 more reader comments:

  1. Amazing,that´s beautiful !!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:11am
  2. I guess not everybody in the south is totally rednecked!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:12am
  3. You are correct, there are a lot who don't act like Duck Dynasty rednecks...

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:18am
  4. Missouri isn't exactly the south...it's the Show Me state, truly the center of the MidWest :-)

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:19am
  5. Missouri fought for the South in the Civil War though.

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:28am
  6. No they didn't. Despite being a slave state, Missouri remained in the Union.

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:36am
  7. A very conservative school once I went there Glad it has grown up

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:48am
  8. So glad for him!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:12am
  9. That’s great!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:13am
  10. Yay! He deserves it! Good job, Michael Sams! Respect!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:13am
  11. The University of Missouri really has rallied around him. Just goes to show how much he means to the school and the community.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:14am
  12. When did the state of MO move to the south? lmao

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:15am
  13. It was admitted as a slave state. Some of my ancestors in SW MO had quite a few slaves.

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 8:58am
  14. I KNOW there are good people in the US.

    Here’s to you neighbours! (Y) *very moved*

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:15am
  15. Hooray for Mr. Sam & hooray for U of M!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:15am
  16. Good. He’s a real hero!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:16am
  17. He DESERVES it ♥ !

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:18am
  18. I’m so glad for him :)
    I often lose faith in humanity, but then something like this happens and makes me feel like there’s still some hope.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:18am
  19. Good for you!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:19am
  20. Please let him play NFL!!!!! Why is his being gay an issue anyway???? Stop being afraid and let him prove himself to all of us. That is all he wants to do. He has no agenda other then wanting to be open and honest about himself to everyone else. As it is said…the truth will set you free. Let him be free to live the truth.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:26am
  21. The only time I will every proud to say I’m from Missouri.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:26am
  22. awesome

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:30am
  23. Missouri doesn’t always show such kindness and openness to people like us…trust me I’ve lived here my whole life. But I’m glad some for once are finally standing ground and not being so full of hate just bc someone is different. Missouri is a hard place to live for gay people. It truly is a bible belt place. I know everywhere has their struggles and hatred just like anyone else does. Its not easy being gay and the sad thing is…it shouldn’t be this way. My heart goes out to all of you that have to face struggles as well.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:32am
  24. A real man with balls! I’m overall impressed with the general attitude of most sports leaders and players. He is a real sports HERO!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:33am
  25. Aw. That’s really awesome.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:35am
  26. Awesome !!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:37am
  27. :)

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:38am
  28. Courage campaign!!! We are the tee shirts at for his guy on draft day!!! When he is drafted they are going to give a standing ovation at NFL draft

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:38am
  29. MO is Not the south it is out west

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:40am
  30. it makes me cry he so deserves it!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:42am
  31. That’s gay.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:44am
  32. Fantastic!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:44am
  33. No more confusion,this one that one other one,balance your brainwaves,one man one woman,no go against nature,yous ways keep going,no life on Mother Earth.R K L

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:45am
  34. Woo hoo!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:47am
  35. Cheers!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:47am
  36. Please marry me!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:48am
  37. This is because they’re educated. Educated is something redneck republicans don’t want you to be so that you’ll keep on voting republican. It’s really quite simple.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:49am
  38. Dallas I want to share your comment with my fb friends

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:24am
  39. just wanted to say that not all republicans are the same though. just speaking for myself here. not all republicans think the same. I know I sure don't think like the a-typical republican. never have. sorry if you think that all republicans are the same.

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:58am
  40. There's a difference between a Republican and "redneck" republican.

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:02am
  41. Those kind tend to lack empathy and care for others.

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:07am
  42. beautiful!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:52am
  43. For someone that prefaces their comment with “No more confusion” you have managed to be very confusing.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:52am
  44. Awesome to see the support!! I bet WBC didn’t get what they wanted lol

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:53am
  45. Hopeful.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:53am
  46. That’s really great, GOOD PEOPLE…

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:56am
  47. woot woot!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:56am
  48. Standing with them.:)

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:57am
  49. I am not sure if declaring oneself as heterosexual called for a standing ovation

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:57am
  50. LOVE it!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:59am
  51. Nothing wrong with you being honest about who you are. I’m out and proud!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:59am
  52. wow!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:00am
  53. Wow! Kinda proud of Americans :-)

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:10am
  54. He’s so handsome. Congrats!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:19am
  55. Why did that require a standing ovation? So the guy’s gay. Fine.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:20am
  56. It’ll be a better day when a gay person doesn’t need to get a standing ovation

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:21am
  57. At least not for that.

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:03am
  58. Please share thanks

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:26am
  59. ❤️

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:28am
  60. Ronald and Dallas, it really shows ignorance on both of your parts to blanket statement “redneck republicans” as being uneducated as a whole. There are quite the fair share of uneducated people on both sides of the political spectrum.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:29am
  61. RE: SCOTT ROSE. Oh, the times they ARE a-changing !!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:31am
  62. Congratulations on receiving a standing ovation for being a sinner!

    Most, if not everyone, would agree that theft, murder, making false statements, etc. would fall under biblical/society’s standard as sin/crime, but homosexuality is acceptable & rejoiced over?

    What is wrong with ppl these days?

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:35am
  63. Do you eat shellfish?

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:30pm
  64. someone talk french Ihave some question really urgent

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:36am
  65. Rene, pointing fingers and name calling in the name of Christianity is not the way to turn people from their sinful ways.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:41am
  66. Great news for anyone with a brain. Congratulations Michael

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:42am
  67. It’s amazing how so many people can support someone for being who they are and living a harmless live of being HAPPY. America is only becoming more beautiful. Very proud.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:43am
  68. What’s wrong Rene Benitez is your equating homosexuality with theft, murder, making false statements. He did none of those things! Congratulations, Michael Sam.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:44am
  69. No fingerpointing here; it’s called an observation. I don’t see anyone giving a thief/criminal/heterosexual/fill in the blank a round of applause for being who they are/doing what they do (right or wrong).

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:46am
  70. Butcher: Biblically all the crimes I mentioned are also by society’s standards ‘wrong’. U don’t have to be Christian to realize that. God takes it a step further and calls homosexuality an ‘Abomination’, yet folks nowadays celebrate it.
    STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT FOR A SECOND.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:50am
  71. Rene just because you want to equate a gay man as being a murderer doesn’t mean the rest of the world has to fall in line with your reasoning. And you don’t get off the hook by saying that you’re not pointing the finger. That’s exactly what you are doing. Nice try though.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:54am
  72. MAN calls homosexuality a sin. Not God.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:55am
  73. right on brother right on! I hear ya....and I hear God too !

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 10:22am
  74. Christ mentioned nothing about it, so I would imagine He has no problem with it.

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:41am
  75. Because homosexuality is a feeling. Just like heterosexuality is a feeling. Murder, theft, ect are all choices made by man. People CHOOSE to be happy! And CHOOSE to love. That’s what makes us all different and beautiful. Even in God’s eyes.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:55am
  76. Spent about a year of my life in Columbia Mizzou!! Very accepting and very fun people. So glad I got to experience it. So proud of ya Sam. Your amazing and more than anything courageous.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:00am
  77. Kristen: some justification there (God cannot find homosexuality beautiful and see it also as an Abomination). Try again.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:03am
  78. Jonathane, that’s not exactly true…

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:09am
  79. Don’t have to try. Obviously we don’t have the same God. He made me who I am today. Gay or straight. The fact that you have the audacity to tell me what GOD finds and doesn’t find beautiful is the abomination.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:09am
  80. Why is important for me to know this????? and how come the straight guy in the 10th row celebrating his 25th anniversary with his wife doesn’t get even one round of applause???

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:10am
  81. Kristen N. Laubach:
    You finally got one thing right, My God and whoever your master is are completely different.

    Moreover,
    It’s in My Lord’s Written Inerrant Word, not mine. I’m a simple messenger.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:14am
  82. Michael Sam, Proud of you…

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:19am
  83. Rene, if you’re speaking of your God as being the same one as mine, (the one in the Holy Bible), you might need to take a second to remember that our God is a God of love. We are to be His hands and feet…loving sinners, neighbors, brothers, enemies (even *gasp* homosexuals) as we live our life in such a way to reveal Christ to the ones we spend time with, not condemning them for how they’re living their life.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:20am
  84. ERIN, here’s some truth for ya:

    If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:13 NKJV)

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:22am
  85. Lol. Well you just keep up the “good work.” But keep in mind that I do respect your commitment to Him and your beliefs. I was raised Baptist and I used to think like you. I was actually more disgusted by the way gays lived their life. Until I realized that I myself was gay when I feel in love with my best friend. The bible will never change, but I know this is my path to happiness. Much respect for you, really.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:24am
  86. Rene Benitez i think you protest to much. You must be hiding from something. Be honest with yourself. Come out.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:25am
  87. I’ll be praying fiercely tonight for those of you who this applies to.

    He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord. (Proverbs 17:15 NKJV)

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:27am
  88. Did you google that

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:28am
  89. No Sammi. Feel it speaking to you?

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:29am
  90. Amazing!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:30am
  91. Are you married

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:30am
  92. Yes, to a beautiful women. We’ve also obeyed the first commandment given unto man:
    Be fruitful and multiply.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:33am
  93. Did you have sex before marriage? If you did we can stone your wife to death for not being a virgin. The crazy book says that too.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:35am
  94. Bristol Palin did!

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:40am
  95. That was in the Old Testament and was part of the Mosaic Law which applied to ancient Jews only. Jesus Christ fulfilled the Mosaic Law and Christians are not bound by any of the Mosaic Laws which includes the Ten Commandments. There are only three commandments Jesus Christ gave to Christians: 1. Love God, 2. Love neighbor as yourself, 3. Do NOT judge one another but let God be the judge.

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 12:51pm
  96. Not so. We are not under the old testament covenant, thanks to Christ Jesus. And yes she was ‘if’ you get what I mean.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:39am
  97. Who is Michael Sam?

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:39am
  98. But your homo argument comes from the old testament? There for its all good.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:41am
  99. May he we will get better

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:41am
  100. Rene, you seem to be forgetting the commandment to love others as Christ loved you. I’m not gay, but I sure am thankful for God’s grace that I have so undeservedly received for the awful sins I have committed in my life. We as Christians have got to remember that we are all sinners. A sin is a sin is a sin in God’s eyes…and His love for each of us, regardless of our sins, is UNchanging.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:44am
  101. Sammi: give it up, bro. Ima leave now so I can watch my TV, but here it is in the New Testament, among a few other books as well.

    For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Romans 1:26, 27 NKJV)

    Read the bible!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:44am
  102. Listen lady….You should read it first. I’ll throw the first stone at you since i know you are not with out sin. You jerk off and spill your seed.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:47am
  103. Erin: I love all and detest sin, such as God does. Do I sin? Of course. But to justify sin as acceptable is WRONG, as you said sin is sin is sin. Why is it ok to embrace homosexuality as is common practice today? I think you’re still missing the point, but I’ll pray you receive clarity. Good night.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:47am
  104. He only believes and enforces what’s convenient to him. And then judges and condemns those who aren’t like him. Then you have the true believers who accept people for the way they are and let the Almighty God do the real judging. Just pray that your son isn’t going to be gay. I’ll feel so bad for him. And pity on you for not knowing how to love and accept all God’s children

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:49am
  105. But if you are going to cherry pick here you go…. herefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgement on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. You say, ‘We know that God’s judgement on those who do such things is in accordance with truth.’ Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgement of God? Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgement will be revealed. For he will repay according to each one’s deeds: to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory and honour and immortality, he will give eternal life; while for those who are self-seeking and who obey not the truth but wickedness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be anguish and distress for everyone who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honour and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:54am
  106. You damn Jackwagon. I said good day!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:57am
  107. ^ WOW. VERY WELL SAID.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:57am
  108. nice

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 6:04am
  109. Rene, I appreciate you praying for my clarity, but I’m not confused. Me loving someone where they are is very different than me “justifying sin as acceptable”. I didn’t say it was ok to embrace homosexuality, (or any type of sexual immorality for that matter, or lying, or finger pointing, or hatred, or stealing, murder, on and on and on), I said that it was ok, and commanded, to embrace PEOPLE, just as Christ did.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 6:06am
  110. Rene Benitez, its sad that you feel the need to go on to a Facebook page & bash gay people because of your beliefs. Sure, that will bring people to your religion… Meanwhile, there are people out there who understand our differences, & respect those who are following their light regardless of what they believe, in search of answers, understanding, & higher truths. You’re only serving to show everyone around basically what it looks like to disrespect someone else for their beliefs. Hate is not a pretty color my friend.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 6:08am
  111. did they stand for all of the men with women?..all so stupid..did they stand for the fact that 2 men is the definition of MASCULINE?

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 6:11am
  112. Rene, when was that NKJV last EDITED, by a bunch if men? I know , but do Ya know? AND that abomination ya mentioned….since the bible was written in Aramaic what exactly was the word or meaning for gay couple??? Oh yeah there wasn’t one. Sooo how did God mention us again??? With no actual word for it?

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 6:35am
  113. but as you can see by his face…they are showing him the love…and that feels good…

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 6:38am
  114. So proud of Mr. Sam and my alma mater, Mizzou! Hope this becomes a commonplace situation instead of a special event very soon.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 6:38am
  115. Gay people are not harming your life or undermining the sanctity of marriage. I’ve been married for 16 years & not 1 gay relationship/marriage has caused my family harm. Mizzou stands w/ Michael Sam because what he did took courage. We stand w/ Michael because we are uniting against hate. Last time I checked straight men/women are not picketed by hate groups, had laws written to limit their rights, been verbally assaulted, beaten, or killed because of their sexual orientation. So get over it straight men & women of America, you are going to be okay. The gays aren’t coming to get you.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 6:40am
  116. I’m gay. And I’m proud to be gay. I never choose to be gay, I was born this way and I don’t need no bible preacher to tell me I’m sinning. God loves everyone regardless of who you love, it’s man that spreads hate in the world because people are scared of what they don’t know. It’s the 21st century and EVERYONE has the right to be and live how they want too.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:00am
  117. God loves everyone IN THAT he sent his son to die for us that we might be changed and not walk unto the worlds likeness by now being in a real relationship with him... Has nothing to do with religion, but absolute reality of our lives. If you are truly born-again your new life will offend Gays, Straights, religion, the world and all its systems. It will be a pure walk making God happy and the world offended by the light of your new life.

    Replied on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:34pm
  118. Thank you Karrie Fisher Peters. I personally thank you. Your support and understanding mean alot to those of us that know how vile all this hate can be. I know from personal experience here on American soil. It should never be this way especially not from god fearing people who’s only job is to love each other. Not pass violent and hateful judgement.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:01am
  119. Daem bro Rene Benitez U GETTING ALL kind of people all crazy and stuff! !! Lol

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:07am
  120. Why is this newsworthy?

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:18am
  121. This Rene is the moron of all morons, my god someone slap him with a bible real good .

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:21am
  122. You guys should probably ignore him. I mean we’re talking to a guy who had the energy to like a page about LBGT, pick out his fave pages from the bible to justify his homophobia, and then just sprout more crap on top of his crap.

    Like let it go guys. In a couple of years brothers and sisters who love the same gender will rise up and be happily married and no religion or your God is going to stop that.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 7:39am
  123. I’m so happy he’s being so well received. It’s a new age of love and enlightenment finally!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 8:34am
  124. Since God does not exist, what he calls sin has as much bearing as what Mickey Mouse thinks.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 9:06am
  125. How can the Bible reference a word that wasn’t coined until the late 19th century. And your taking advice from an edited book, just saying.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 9:12am
  126. God, God…..god……stop trying to make everybody live by your mythology. You holding your bible up to anyone other than yourselves is like me trying to make you live by the rules of ancient Rome. Mind your own business….live a good life.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 9:16am
  127. We was walking round the desert hot bothered confused grumpy, thousands years ago….and yr taking wot we wrote seriously! Wtf! ….its just stories babes!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 9:53am
  128. How Joyful…..God Bless!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 10:09am
  129. Very Awesome !!!!!! Cheers ya’ll !

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 10:21am
  130. Awesome !!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 10:50am
  131. Congrats Michael…You came out as one but you stand with many. Be strong, be proud.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:16am
  132. If your morality (and frankly your Science and political beliefs) is solely based on a book written by Bronze and Iron Age goat herders, you may want to reconsider.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:45am
  133. So William, following your logic, in order for wisdom to be relevant, it has to have originated in this century. Because out current generation is known for making absolutely no moral errors at all!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 12:28pm
  134. beatifu boy

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 12:50pm
  135. “Why is this newsworthy?”
    Who knows, he probably saved some lives. There’s probably a gay football player in school somewhere ready to hang himself because he’s scared to death of anyone knowing he’s gay.
    It might be your kid or your neighbor’s kid, a niece or nephew.
    So, yeah, why IS this newsworthy? Maybe because it shows gay people that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, that society is trying to say “even though you’re gay, you can still reach your goals”.
    Maybe its a reminder that gays aren’t “hopeless freaks”.
    There’s no way in hell anyone should “stay in the closet” if it means saving somebody’s life.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:10pm
  136. He prob only doing it cause of all of the attention. Just look at him. He knows what matters is that his family and friends accept him n it doesn’t matter if your fans accept or not.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:12pm
  137. He’s all that and a side of fries.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:15pm
  138. OMG enough with the God stuff already. Please. It’s a tired, boring, hateful, ignorant argument.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:46pm
  139. This is so moving! Bravo Missouri fans!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:49pm
  140. I give Sam a big ovation. Keep being who you are it’s all about playing ball not if you’re gay or straight.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:58pm
  141. Add me cuties xx

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:27pm