[Ed. – Because it only doesn’t matter when they say it doesn’t matter. Got that?]
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama on Monday called a gay University of Missouri football player “an inspiration to all of us.”
In a Twitter posting, the first lady commended Michael Sam, the all-American NFL prospect, who announced Sunday that he is gay. Sam, who is expected to be selected in the league’s draft in May, would be the first active, “out” football player in the NFL.
“You’re an inspiration to all of us, @MikeSamFootball. We couldn’t be prouder of your courage both on and off the field. – mo,” she wrote.
Vice President Biden also weighed in on Monday.
“Thank you to @MikeSamFootball & all of the players, @mizzoufootball & coaches at @mizzou – your courage is an inspiration to all of us.–VP,” he wrote on Twitter.
Two executives in personnel for NFL teams, speaking on condition of anonymity for competitive reasons, told USA TODAY Sports they had Sam rated as a third-day prospect even before Sunday’s announcement and didn’t think it would have a substantive impact on his status.