The Slatest

Michael Sam Says He Just Spoke to His Father for the First Time Since the Month He Came Out

Michael Sam during a CFL game in Ottawa on Aug. 7.

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Last Friday, Michael Sam quit the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouttes, announcing that he planned to “step away from the game” to deal with his mental health. (He said that he hoped “to be back on the field soon.”) Thursday, he sent a tweet that seemed to imply some progress on that front:

February 2014 was the month that Michael Sam came out publicly, after which his father Michael Sam Sr. told the New York Times that he (Sam Sr.) was “a man-and-a-woman type of guy” who said he wouldn’t want his grandchildren “raised in that kind of environment,” i.e. a family with two gay parents.

Correction, Aug. 20, 2015: This post’s photo caption initially misspelled Ottawa.