First openly gay athlete drafted by NFL cut from team

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The first openly gay athlete drafted by an NFL team did not make the final roster of the St. Louis Rams.

Michael Sam was selected by the Rams in the seventh and final round of May’s NFL draft.

Teams were required to finalize their rosters by 4 p.m. Saturday.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said cutting Sam was a tough call, but strictly a football decision.

He said the predictions that Michael Sam would cause problems or distractions could not be more wrong.

“This was a football decision. Mike fit in very, very well. He’s fun to be around, he was a good teammate. There was no issue there. And again, as I said earlier, I was pulling for him. And it didn’t work out. It just didn’t work out,” Fisher said.

After news broke that he was cut, Michael Sam took to Twitter to show his appreciation for the opportunity to be a part of the Rams organization.