Michael Sam. Remember him? He was the first openly gay NFL player… that wasn’t. Ever wonder what happened him? Us, too. So we did a little web research to find out…
First, a quick recap: In 2014, after coming out as gay in an ESPN interview, Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, signing a four-year, $2.65 million contract with the team. That same year he was also named one of GQ’s Men of the Year, was a finalist for Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, and received Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs.
The fame was short-lived, however, because just a few months after being drafted by the Rams, Sam was let go. He was quickly scooped up by the Dallas Cowboys, only to be let go again a few months later.
After a brief stint on Dancing With The Stars in 2015, Sam joined the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes, only to abruptly leave for “personal reasons” less then three weeks into the practice season. Then, in August 2015, he announced he was stepping away from the game for good.
Later that year, Sam told Colin Cowherd in a radio interview that he wished he had never been drafted by the Rams in the first place.
“If I had it my way, I really do wish I went undrafted,” he said, adding that, while he learned a lot playing in the NFL, he believes “I could have done better and be on an active roster right now if I went to a different team.”
After that, he sorta disappeared from the face of the earth, save for a dramatic verbal altercation he got into with another guy outside a West Hollywood gay bar that was caught on tape by TMZ in 2016.
Today, Sam’s official Facebook page, Michael Sam NLF, is still active, although there haven’t been any new posts since July 2017 when he shared this picture of himself lounging on a beach in Ibiza.
Meanwhile, over on Twitter, his official @MichaelSamNFL account has been deactivated and re-launched under a different handle, @MichaelSam52, which has racked up an impressive 179K followers.
And his Instagram page @MikeySam52, which he updates sporadically, has nearly 115K followers.
So what’s the once promising athlete up to these days anyway? That $2.65 million he made from the NFL must be getting low.
Well, for the past several years, 29-year-old Sam has been making his living as a motivational speaker, purportedly raking in as much as $50,000, $100,000, even $200,000 per speaking engagement.
Nice work if you can get it!
He’s represented by Keppler Speakers, a large booking agency for professional speakers. Some of the agency’s other LGBTQ clients include Laverne Cox and Nyle DiMarco.
Sam’s speaker’s page bio reads:
Revered for his unwavering courage, graciousness and fortitude, Michael inspires with his personal journey of triumph over intense adversity. Authentic and heartfelt on the stage, his candor empowers audiences to overcome their own impediments to self-truth, love and acceptance.
And what about Vito Cammisano, the guy Sam kissed on live TV upon learning he had been drafted by the Rams?
Well, Sam and Cammisano split up in June 2015, just six months after announcing they were engaged. These days, Vito appears to be living his best life in Dallas, where he spends his time posting speedo and underwear selfies to Instagram.
And thus concludes this edition of Where Are They Now?