Michael Sam is one HELLUVA dancer -- in fact, the NFL prospect showed off his moves at a gay club in Missouri shot months ago and he didn't care who was watching ... now TMZ Sports has the footage.
Sam hit up the SoCo nightclub in Columbia, MO back in October -- just a few months after he came out to his teammates -- and let loose! So even though Sam made his public declaration Sunday, the reality is he's been out for a while.
In the footage, Sam (sans shirt) is gettin' down to Michael Jackson's "Rock With You" ... grinding all over a bunch of women, who seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Problem is ... shirts are required at the club -- and sources tell us at one point, security approached Sam and asked him to cover up.
He laughed at first ... but eventually complied.
... after the song was over, of course.
'INSTANT HERO IN GAY COMMUNITY'
Says Roger Goodell's Gay Brother
2/10/2014 10:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael 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."
Michael Sam's Gayness
2/10/2014 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Well, Michael Sam ... here's what you're up against.
Former NFL coach-turned-ESPN analyst Herm Edwards went on the air last night and declared that Sam's sexual orientation is considered "baggage" and coaches will have to decide if they want it in their locker rooms.
"He's a player that has issues," Edwards said referring to Sam's sexual orientation ... "Off the field issues."
He continued, "The thing you talk about in your organization with the G.M. and obivously the owner is, 'Can we handle this guy?' Can we handle the media that's gonna come along with this situation?"
"He's bringing baggage into your locker room."
NY Giants Co-Owner
Praises Michael Sam
I Hope NFL Teams Do the Right Thing
2/10/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The first openly gay NFL draft prospect is already getting major support from an NFL owner -- NY Giants honcho Steve Tisch, who tells TMZ Sports he "hopes" teams don't let Michael Sam's sexual orientation dissuade them from drafting such a stellar athlete.
The University of Missouri defensive end -- who was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year -- just completed his senior season and is very likely to be taken in the upcoming NFL Draft.
While Tisch wouldn't reveal if Sam is on his team's draft board, he did tell us ... "Michael Sam is a gifted athlete and a courageous man."
He added, "I hope any NFL team would not hesitate to draft Michael if he is right for their team."
College Football Star Reveals
... I'M GAY
2/9/2014 5:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Missouri Tigers superstar Michael Sam -- one of the best college football players in the country -- has revealed he's gay ... and the timing comes just months before he will enter the NFL Draft.
Sam -- the SEC Defensive Player of the Year -- made the announcement publicly on Sunday ... saying, "I am an openly, proud gay man."
If (and when) he's drafted, Sam will be the first openly gay man on an NFL roster in the history of the league.
"I understand how big this is. It's a big deal. No one has done this before. And it's kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be ... I want to be a football player in the NFL."
24-year-old Sam said he already confided in a few friends ... and realized people knew while he was at the Senior Bowl. Sam says he dated another male athlete at Missouri, but not a member of the football team.
Sam says he finally came out to his teammates last year ... and they couldn't have been more supportive.
"I was kind of scared, even though they already knew. Just to see their reaction was awesome. They supported me from Day One. I couldn't have better teammates. ... I'm telling you what: I wouldn't have the strength to do this today if I didn't know how much support they'd given me this past semester."
I'm Proud My Son's a 'Rich Kid'
He's Gonna Be a Huge TV Star
2/8/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Magic Johnson's son EJ is BLOWING UP as a reality star on "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills" ... and the NBA legend tells TMZ Sports he couldn't be PROUDER!!!
In fact, Magic says he thinks the shameless E! reality show will springboard EJ into a TV superstar -- and predicts it won't be long before the kid has his own show.
Magic really couldn't be a more supportive parent -- especially after the way he had EJ's back when his son revealed he's gay.
There's more .. Magic also talks about recently buying the L.A. Sparks and also takes another shot at the Lakers. Check out the clip.
Rainbow Olympic Logo
Suck It Russia!
2/6/2014 4:56 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The guys at Google appear to have just flipped the bird at the Russians for their anti-gay laws ... posting a rainbow Olympics search bar to their homepage.
The art work popped up on the site minutes ago ... and the message sure seems loud and proud ... Google supports gay rights at Sochi.
As you know -- the Russians are enforcing a strict "no gays allowed" policy in their country ... which includes everyone traveling there for the Games this winter.
Your move Putin.
Willie Robertson Was Untouchable
During State of Union
1/30/2014 6:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson was less than 20 feet away from Jason Collins during the State of the Union, and Jason says he might have reached across the aisle to him ... if not for all the camera-whoring Congressmen.
Jason -- the first NBA player to come out -- was First Lady Michelle Obama's guest in D.C. ... and says, "They were moving [Robertson] from one Republican to another Republican" all night.
And Jason says the seemingly impossible -- the guy whose family patriarch said gays are gonna burn in Hell meeting America's new gay icon -- could have happened if not for all the photos and glad-handing Robertson had to do.
"We passed each other in the hall, and that was about it."
So, how did Jason see a conversation between himself and Willie going down?
Watch the clip. We think he's very ... optimistic.
I'm Not Homophobic
Just Really Religious
1/25/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Gloria Gaynor requested no shirtless men be in her line of sight during her performance at a gay bar Thursday night ... but not because she's homophobic -- her people say the singer is just deeply religious.
The "I Will Survive" singer took a trip to the Abbey in West Hollywood -- a gay mecca -- and performed her new song ... but the gig was delayed when Gaynor insisted managers remove all go-go dancers from the room.
The place is known for it's scantily clad men in speedos ... but Gloria's people say the 64-year-old diva was just protecting her image -- and it had nothing to do with the strong possibility the men were gay.
In fact, the rep says Gloria is an equal opportunity offender ... and makes an effort to never take pics with shirtless men OR provocatively dressed women.
Check out the picture at the Abbey. You could make the argument it's kinda religious ....
Juan Pablo's No Homophobe
... Says Jilted Contestant
1/21/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"The Bachelor" star Juan Pablo Galavis is not a hateful, homophobic butcher of the English language ... he's a sensitive, caring man who just can't express himself very well ... says a woman who just got booted off the show.
Chantel Forrest -- a black account manager -- tells TMZ she got to know Galavis well during her time on the show and says he would NEVER offend anyone because they're gay or a different color.
Galavis -- who's Venezuelan but born in the US of A -- told an interviewer gay people are more "pervert" than others ... then asserted the ol' language barrier defense.
Chantel says Galavis shouldn't be bashed for bad grammar.
"I was not offended by his comments at all," she tells TMZ. "They wouldn't have changed my opinion of him. I wouldn't change anything."
In other words ... she'd probably still sleep with him ... we're guessing.
I Should Never Have Done 'Bachelor'
And I Definitely Wouldn't Sleep with Him
1/20/2014 8:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former bachelorette Victoria Lima -- who was booted from "The Bachelor" last week -- tells TMZ, Juan Pablo's anti-gay comments are a HUGE turn-off ... so sleeping with him is out of the question.
Victoria tells us, "If I could do it again, I probably wouldn't go on the show with him being the Bachelor."
Victoria says if Juan Pablo asked her to sleep with him now ... she'd turn him down, and not just for the anti-gay comments. She says he's coming off as kind of a jerk on the show -- a real turn-off.
As we reported, Juan Pablo told a reporter ... he doesn't believe there should be a gay "Bachelor" because gays are perverted influences on children. He later apologized, saying he was quoted out of context ... and his English was bad.
Victoria's NOT on board ... calling the comments "thoughtless and inconsiderate."
She adds, "We should all have the same opportunities when it comes to finding love. Why shouldn't we have a gay bachelor? This is the 21st century, people."
Russia Loves Elton John
... Even Though He's Gay
1/19/2014 7:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Elton John is HUGE in Russia ... so gay people should feel totally welcome at the Olympics -- this according to President Vladimir Putin, who's trying like Hell to prove his country doesn't hate homosexuals.
Putin reiterated Russia would not discriminate against gay and lesbian athletes or visitors during the upcoming Sochi Olympics while speaking with the foreign press Sunday morning.
Putin used Elton as an example, calling him an "outstanding person (and) musician" -- and adding, "Millions of our people sincerely love him despite his orientation."
For what it's worth ... Elton spoke out against the country's "gay propaganda law" last month during a concert in Moscow saying, "In my opinion, it is inhumane and isolating."
Can you feel the love tonight?
'One Direction' Singer Liam Payne
Yes, I Love 'Duck Dynasty'
No, I Don't Hate Gays
1/19/2014 7:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
One Direction singer Liam Payne went off via Twitter Saturday night after U.K. journalists blasted him for daring to say he likes "Duck Dynasty" ... and now, Liam's threatening to ditch social media.
Liam tweeted "D.D." star Willie Robertson ... saying he's a big fan and respects the show's family values. Some U.K. media outlets labelled it homophobic -- and Liam got pissed.
Liam tweeted after, "Being a fan of someones show and the way they still hold a family together doesn't mean i am ok with all they say."
However, Liam began melting down after fans also went on the attack. He unloaded a barrage of tweets, bashing the UK media and proclaiming he was "sick of this all" ... and would come back to Twitter once "the freedom of speech law is back."
Do they have that in the U.K.?