While his Missouri teammates knew for months, Michael Sam didnt reveal his sexual orientation to his father until days before he announced to The New York Times and ESPN that he is gay.
The Kansas City Star
In a story published Tuesday by The Times, Michael Sam Sr. said he was at a Dennys to celebrate his birthday but couldnt eat no more after his son texted him Dad, Im gay.
so I went to Applebees to have drinks, Sam Sr. went on to tell The Times. I dont want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment.
Im old-school. Im a man-and-a-woman type of guy.
Sam Sr. also told The Times that Deacon Jones is turning over in his grave. Jones was a Hall of Fame NFL defensive end, the same position Sam played at Missouri, earning unanimous All-America and SEC defensive player of the year honors.