Our Brett Smiley already highlighted some of the homophobic tweets sent out over the weekend in the aftermath of the Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on camera after being drafted by the St. Louis Rams, but a couple of higher profile players have since made their negative thoughts public.
The first is former NFL running back Derrick Ward:
Man U got little kids lookin at the draft. I can't believe ESPN even allowed that to happen.
— Derrick Ward (@derrickward32) May 10, 2014
Ward, 33, who was part of the Super Bowl winning Giants squad of 2008, was extremely vocal, tweeting repeated defenses of his original anti-kiss tweet.
I'll continue to speak my mind because it's my god given right and supposedly u can do it without being frowned upon here in America. — Derrick Ward (@derrickward32) May 12, 2014
Another footballer, Dolphins safety Don Jones, tweeted (and later deleted), “OMG”, then “horrible” in reaction to Sam’s kiss. Jones has since apologized, but he still got fined and suspended by the team.
Similarly, former Ole Miss basketball player Marshall Henderson was not pleased with SportCenter's coverage of Sam on Monday morning:
Fortunately, it's almost assured that Henderson's younger brothers won't be exposed to any coverage of him getting selected in the NBA Draft when it rolls around in June. It should be noted (thankfully) that these two players are very much in the minority on this issue (at least in terms of those who have vocalized their opinions). Multiple professional athletes, including Robert Griffin III, Michael Irvin and Robert Quinn, have showed support for Sam.