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The man who helped Michael Sam publicly come out

Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam.
Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam.
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Michael Sam -- a star defensive lineman on the University of Missouri's football team -- has come out. As a prospective NFL draft pick, he could be the first openly gay player in the league.


But the story of him breaking this barrier is a complex one.

How does he balance this part of his life with his future career in football? What are the implications it has for LGBT people in professional sports?

To explain is the man who personally helped make Michael Sam's coming out a national headline -- Howard Bragman, founder of the PR firm Fifteen Minutes.