Conservatives both inside and outside of the National Football League are outraged that Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend after learning that he had completed one of his life-long goals — to be drafted into the NFL.
They are angry that President Barack Obama congratulated him:
Did Obama also call the 248 players drafted ahead of Michael Sam or is that just a gay privilege?
— Future President (@DefinitionOfFaF) May 11, 2014
And, of course, because Sam is not Benghazi:
We know more how Michael Sam celebrated being drafted by the NFL than what Obama was doing during the #Benghazi terrorist attack.
— Razor (@hale_razor) May 12, 2014
They are angry that sales of Sam’s jersey are outpacing all but Johnny Football’s:
Michael Sam is the #2 best selling rookie jersey?! #1 when will this crap end? #2 How many of those were sold to actual football fans?
— ⚜ Lindsey ⚜ (@Brock0104) May 12, 2014
Even though, as someone else points out:
— Scott Soshnick (@soshnick) May 12, 2014
Because they know how the free market should be guiding all these Sam-jersey-purchasers hands:
Michael Sam jersey sales setting records, statistically how many of these purchasers have a Pat Tillman jersey? #JustAsking
— Dexter Roy (@DexterRoy527) May 12, 2014
Also, they’re irate because he won’t get off their only source for news and entertainment, ESPN:
Turn it to espn and see that faggot Michael Sam on there making out with his BF.. The fuck is wrong with you espn? Get that fag off here.
— Captain Hunk OG⛵️ (@h_marcum60) May 11, 2014
The conservative narrative seems to be coalescing around this complaint from Florida State University linebacker DeMarcus Walker:
Y'all praise Michael Sam for being gay but y'all mocked Tim Tebow for being a Christian. Smh #Society
— DeMarcus Walker (@livinglegend_44) May 11, 2014
Or, as this Christian more eloquently put it:
— Ricky Nixon (@RNVols14) May 12, 2014
That the NFL fined Miami Dolphin Don Jones for calling the drafting of Sam “Horrible” is evidence that liberals are hypocrites:
Tolerance means that those who disagree should be fined. //t.co/e6O2YPAOQb
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 12, 2014
As Shapiro’s colleague at Truth Revolt, Caleb Howe, noted in the linked article, the real victims here are the homophobes the NFL’s actions have silenced: “This is the age of PC punishment,” Howe wrote. “Get on board, or get booted.”
[“NFL prospect Michael Sam” on Facebook]