Westboro Baptist Church Targets Openly Gay NFL Player Michael Sam

By: Val Powell - September 3, 2014

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted into the National Football League (NFL), is now the target of the Westboro Baptist Church’s ridicule after he was cut from the St. Louis Rams. The notorious hate group announced that they had made and posted a Beatles song parody directed at Sam.

Westboro Baptist Church recently announced the re-emergence of the parody, sung to the tune of The Beatles’ “Get Back,” on the church’s blog. They wrote, “Now that the fag-dust settled and the Rams had to face a season with filthy fag Michael Sam and his ineptitude, they cut him.”

The group of religious extremists also blamed Sam for the controversy surrounding the town of Ferguson in Missouri, which is experiencing unrest due to racial tensions sparked by the shooting of African-American teen Michael Brown. Westboro Baptist Church issued a release on August 20 stating that one of the reasons the town is undergoing the upheaval is because of God’s wrath surrounding the drafting of Sam to the NFL.

“Missouri has made itself known worldwide for three things: Fags (e.g. Michael Sam); bestiality; and shredding the constitution in order to remove the Word of God from their streets,” wrote the Westboro Baptist Church in the release.

The group reportedly planned to picket the funeral of Brown on account of the openly gay NFL player. “Westboro to Michael Brown’s family >> No dead body worship! No lies! No human agenda! Invite us to preach! @donlemon,” they tweeted on August 21.

Sam was drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams in May after he came out in his senior year at the University of Missouri. At the time, Rams coach Jeff Fisher reportedly made it clear that he had picked Sam for his talent and not because of his sexual orientation. However, Sam was one of the players that was cut as the Rams trimmed down to 53 players before the start of the 2014 NFL season.

Reports previously circulated that Sam might be enlisted for the Rams’ practice team, but the team has confirmed that the player would not be part of it, since defense is one of its strengths and doesn’t need boosting.

Sam is reportedly taking the news in stride. He tweeted on Sunday, “The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known. The journey continues.”

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  • Woody

    A line of WBC followers on the sidewalk is a good argument for automatic weapons with large capacity magazines……….Sarcasm here…..Lol

    • ACMEMAC

      I don’t like guns, but you maybe right………..Sarcasm here too!

  • Jim

    I am a Bile Believing Born-again Christian. These churches are embarrassing. Jesus confronted sin, but not the way these churches are. The hatred is disgusting and totally anti Chistian in their actions. Please dont judge us all by them.

    • Jim

      Bible, not bile, though their speech is full of it.

  • Jim

    Bible, sorry

  • David Gerald

    I wish that guy had actually sent Westboro the money to go to Iraq. All expenses paid, should have gone through with it

  • Steve J

    It is WBC that are the “false teachers” who don’t live by God and Jesus’ word. Jesus would most certainly tell people who engage in same-sex behavior that they are sinning. But Jesus would gladly eat with them, work with them, live with them, and call them friends and neighbors.
    Take into account this Biblical passage. WBC might be wise to consider it, and not pick and choose what parts of the Bible to follow.

    “A slave of the Lord should not quarrel, but should be gentle with everyone, able to teach, tolerant, correcting opponents with kindness. It may be that God will grant them repentance that leads to knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 2: 24-25

  • Stephanie Aghahowa

    he should have paid for the tickets to fly them there, I wanna know what would have happened.