By Robert T. Smith
A hypocrite, by definition, is a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. Missouri's football star Michael Sam appears as a hypocrite.
Mr. Sam went out of his way to very publicly inform us that he is gay, coincidentally just before the pro football combine. However, at the combine he also claims he wants to be treated just like every other football player. "The University of Missouri's Michael Sam, who is the NFL's first openly gay draft prospect, told reporters at the NFL Combine that he wants to be treated simply as an athlete. I just wish you guys would just see me as Michael Sam the football player, instead of Michael Sam the gay football player," Sam told reporters via ESPN.com."
Mr. Sam is not a football player, he is apparently a hyphenated football player, a gay-football player. We can now add this to the list of all the other "special" groups clamoring for our attention to be treated the same, but different.
Nobody throughout Mr. Sam's collegiate career cared about his "specialness"...not at his college, other college teams they played, local and national media who covered this conference, et. al. Nobody worthwhile would care about this at the professional level either, except Mr. Sam has chosen to now confront us all into caring. Mr. Sam has required us, we who don't care, to accept him, not just as a football player, but by extension tacitly approve of his personal, private sexual proclivities, about which he made a point to identify to all.
This seems to be another example of how the homosexual agenda has graduated from tolerance to forced acceptance. We are required to not just accept him as a football player, but accept him as a gay-football player.
Mr. Sam is not the first gay-football player. In all likelihood, this past season we watched one or more gay-football players somewhere in the NFL, yet we didn't care.
It is ok to not accept Mr. Sam's "gayness." Leaving the issues of morality, religion, or health risks aside, to believe that his gayness is not typical or normal, by definition, is not incorrect. If in his own mind he can cross a boundary that typically others cannot, the desire for the same sex, this would seem to be his own issue to deal with. I and most others didn't care, until he has now made us care by linking these two aspects of his life together. Many are completely okay with Michael Sam the football player, while many are not okay with gay....he should have felt free to keep that part of his private life, private.
Many equally don't care about any of the other abnormal activities of other football players. Many have no desire to know who is an adulterous-football players, illicit drug dealing-football player, womanizing-football player, ignorant and juvenile-football player, ad infinitum. All of these behaviors fall outside of football and can be dealt with in the realm of their personal lives. Contrary to Mr. Sam's approach, in their own decent way, these others don't require us to accept their non-normal behavior by informing us of their out of the norm personal life activities. If Mr. Sam wanted to be just another football player, then he should have shut up and just played football....what a concept.
Instead of pre-emptively requiring all of our tacit approval of his private life, this issue should best have waited to some point in the future, if it would be necessary for the issue to be raised at all. If in the future his personal, private life gayness became an issue, he would likely have had almost universal approval and support to inform whoever may have raised the issue that it was a private, personal matter, none of their business and certainly not a football matter.
By pre-emptively forcing this issue, gay-football player Michael Sam appears as a hypocrite.
Robert T. Smith is an environmental scientist who spends his days enjoying life and the pursuit of happiness with his family. He confesses to cling to his liberty, guns and religion, with antipathy toward the arrogant ruling elites throughout the country.