Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. Sam told ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports, that he came out to his Mizzou teammates and coaches in August.
The 255 pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama last month after leading the SEC with 11 1/2 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. He's projected to be a mid-round NFL draft pick.
Sam says: "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."
Reaction to Michael Sam saying in interviews that he is gay:
"It takes an incredible amount of courage to break ground on a social issue on a national stage. Michael Sam is a young man of tremendous fortitude and confidence. It is these traits that make it possible for him to be among the best on the field and now to have an impact on the world of sport in a very important way. I also applaud the wonderful support given to him by his teammates and the University of Missouri." — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Aaron Harrison scored 21 points and James Young added 20 to help Number 11 Kentucky beat Missouri 84-79 on Saturday.
The Wildcats (16-5, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) kept their poise one game after calling a player-only meeting to discuss the team's issues away from home.
Jabari Brown finished with a career-high 33 points and Jordan Clarkson scored 28 to keep Missouri (16-5, 4-4) in the game. Clarkson's layup with 51.9 seconds remaining narrowed the Tigers' deficit to 80-77, but Aaron Harrison answered with a layup 30 seconds later to end the threat.
Missouri's frontcourt offense only mustered three points in Columbia. The team fell to 43-3 at home under third-year coach Frank Haith, but has lost two of its last four.
The University of Missouri will hire outside, independent legal counsel to investigate the school's handling of matters related to former Mizzou student Sasha Menu Courey. The swimmer committed suicide in 2011, 16 months after claiming she'd been raped by members of the Missouri football team.
The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted Wednesday night to approve the recommendation of University President Tim Wolfe, to hire an independent investigator. The board has not yet chosen a firm, but stipulated that it must have independence from the university.
The board wants the inquiry completed in time for the board's next meeting in Rolla on April 11th.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has been arrested and released in an incident police say is tied to illegal drugs.
Springfield, Mo., police representative Anthony Cunis says Green-Beckham was arrested early Saturday on "suspicion of drug activity." Cunis says the investigation is ongoing and declined to provide more information regarding the arrest or whether charges had been filed. He says the department will release more information on the case Monday.
An official with the Greene County Jail confirms that Green-Beckham was booked there Saturday and later released.
Green-Beckham was charged in October 2012 with marijuana possession after he and two teammates were reportedly smoking pot in a campus parking lot near Memorial Stadium. All three later pleaded guilty to second-degree trespassing in the case.