By News Editor
Michael Sam, Defensive End for the Missouri Tigers, marked a significant time in history when he was the first to announce that he was gay weeks before the NFL combine in February. The consequences for the timing of his announcement could have affected the speculations of what round he would ultimately get drafted in. Many thought that his coming out should not affect his NFL career, yet there were questions to how his teammates would feel.
“Personally, it would not affect me at all,” Jonathan Holland (’15), Defensive End, says. “The Bullis football team does a great job of emphasizing the fact that we are family with one common goal in mind, which is to win.”
GSA member, Katie Panzer (’16) says, “I think it would be beneficial to the school because there are a lot of stereotypes and who the football players are, so it would be really good to break through that.”
Quarterback, Dwayne Haskins (’15), says, “I would accept him because either way he’s still a football player.”
“I would be proud that he would be so confident to share that with everyone,” lacrosse player, Allison Bass (’17), says. “Bullis is the place to do that because we are all so accepting.”
Defensive Tackle, David Mclaurin (’15) says, “I wouldn’t treat him different because he was gay.”
“I wouldn’t care,” swimmer, Sarah DeLeonibus (’17), says. “I don’t think it’s my business and I feel like love is available to anybody and shouldn’t be restricted just because you like something different.”
“I wouldn’t mind because if he’s good then he’s good,” Nate Lewis, (’15) Corner Back, says.
Bullis athletes and students all came to the conclusion that sexual orientation should not affect that individual’s treatment in the classrooms or on the fields. Bullis welcomes everyone with open arms, regardless of their passions.
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