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Michael Sam

'INSTANT HERO IN GAY COMMUNITY'

Says Roger Goodell's Gay Brother

2/10/2014 10:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0210-michael-goodell-samMichael Sam is "an instant hero in the gay and lesbian community" ... so says the brother of NFL commish Roger Goodell, who's also openly gay. 

TMZ Sports spoke to Michael Goodell ... who says "it's about time" a top NFL prospect was brave enough to be open about his sexuality.

In fact, Michael compares Sam to Jackie Robinson -- saying because of the defensive end's courage, homosexuality in the NFL "won't be an issue in 10 to 20 years."

Michael -- who's very close with his brother -- says he hasn't spoken to Roger about Michael Sam yet ... but says he knows, "Roger is fine with this. He's a good businessman and he's been around this issue his whole life."

As for whether he thinks Sam's announcement will affect his draft stock -- Michael says, "I've met a lot of the NFL owners through my brother. They're businessmen, not homophobes."

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Rigby    

Okay the "Hero" term is annoying Hero is firefighters saving people from burning buildings that are going to collapse or soldiers fighting for our freedom. Stop with that word when is does not apply.

165 days ago
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nick    

He should have a different shower and locker room from the rest if his team mates......gay men are sexually attracted to men.....so it is just like having males in the female shower

165 days ago
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nick    

Loose rectum.....it gets loose because it is not a sex organ...it was not made for the thrusting of a penis....the vagina was made for that

165 days ago
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nick    

U do not choose to be attracted to the same sex...but you choose to commit the act of homosexuality....remain celibate...there are worst thing in lifd than being single

165 days ago
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zombie    

How is announcing your sexual identity an act of heroism?

165 days ago
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Cyn    

And that right there is WHY he came out. Not to be a first openly gay NFLer. But to be a hero. This guarantees his being drafted. If he is not, the NFL will be blasted by GLAAD and all its supporters. SMDH

165 days ago
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tmrice    

I would call him a hero but he definitely took a risk doing this and ok sure it will benefit him in the end

165 days ago
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The Leighton A.    

I wonder what type of Progresso soup he'll recommend.

165 days ago
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static    

In the unlikely event he is drafted if you think he's going to be accepted you're dreaming.

165 days ago
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Ron Fing Swanson    

Vlade Divac smoked a carton of cigarettes a day and managed to play basketball every day. That's a hero.

165 days ago
11.

Sara Jo Camel Toe    

Harvey The Gay Little Jew ✡
Bend Over & He'll Do You
Old And Creepy with a Flaccid Weenie
Just Don't Tell His Boyfriend Andy.


Toot!..................Toot!


I'm A F A G.

165 days ago
12.

⇛ GAYS ⇛ STAY THE HELL OUT OF UTAH ⇛     

At 1.5 % of the United States population who
cares what the gay and lesbian community thinks.


just stay out of UTAH!

165 days ago
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Vote2012    

I am a guy but I think I am really a lesbian, do I get to shower with the Olympic women's ski team?

165 days ago
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Vote2012    

Hero? Let's see how much of a hero he is when he is in the NFL locker room or showers? The gay mafia calls him a hero, but in the real world he is a publicity hound who does not realize how much he will be hated in the NFL.

165 days ago
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Joe    

Soldiers, doctors. Policemen, firemen, a caring parent... Are heroes. Being gay does not make one a hero !

165 days ago
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