Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam voiced his opinion regarding the tragic shooting at an Orlando nightclub in a pair of social media posts.
Sam, who became the first openly gay athlete in the NFL when he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft, expressed his frustration and sympathy for the LGBTQ community.
“I am deeply sadden(ed) and angry by the Orlando shooting,” Sam said on Twitter Sunday afternoon. “My heart goes out to the victims love ones.”
Reports suggest 50 people were killed and another 53 people were injured inside Pulse nightclub in the early hours Sunday morning. The incident was reportedly the worst domestic terrorist attack in the United States since September 11. Sam dug deeper on this issue with a lengthy Instagram post condemning hateful crimes against the community.
To my brothers and sisters of the LGBTQ community please take the time to read this. If you have not already heard there was a terrible shooting at a gay night club in Orlando. It is not only a sad day for the #LGBTQ community, but for the American people. 50 people lost their lives because of a hateful coward with a gun. Let this hateful act of terror of the #LGBTQ community be a wake up call for America. Men and women of all races, ages, and sexual orientation are being slaughtered because of hate crimes. How many more must die from hate crimes? We need to make awareness to ALL that hate is not the foundation of our nation. Friends DO NOT let this coward put fear into your hearts!!! Let us all come together stronger than ever and let the world know that we will not be terrorized or bullied by the actions of hateful bigots. We are here to stay and fight not only for equality, but for our very existence. To the victims love ones of this terrible crime I and the entire #LGBTQ community in the world stands with you and mourns with you. #standwithorlando #prayfororlando #love #peace #lbgtq #pride