On Saturday’s (Dec. 27) episode of “Oprah Prime,” Michael Sam — the first openly gay player in the NFL — sits down with Oprah Winfrey to discuss his life and reveals that he has in fact been contacted by several other gay men in the NFL.
“[They] reached out to me, yes, and just showed their respect and showed — admired my courage,” says Sam. “There’s a lot of us out there … I’m not the only one. I’m just the only one who’s open.”
The special — which is Sam’s first television interview since being cut from the NFL — is set to air immediately after the premiere of “Michael Sam,” a 90-minute OWN documentary exploring the life of the former University of Missouri star and his decision to come out as a gay man. The documentary was first slated as a multi-part series, but Sam and the producers scaled back the project so he could focus more on football. Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams but cut late in the preseason. He then spent time on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad but was waived midway through the season.
The clips below give a glimpse into the rest of the interview, where Sam is expected to talk about the public’s reaction to his coming out, his boyfriend Vito and his childhood filled with bullying from his siblings.
“[My siblings] used to abuse me daily,” says Sam. “Maybe just for fun. Maybe because I was different. Maybe it was because I was the oddball out … They called me a lot of things. They called me fag. They called me gay. They called me anything you can think of just to hurt me.”
“Michael Sam” airs on Dec. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN, followed by the special episode of “Oprah Prime” airing at 10:30 p.m.