Michael Sam says that his brothers are homophobes who abused him when he was young for being gay. Michael Sam made the stunning admission during his sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey, where he painted his brothers as jealous and problematic siblings who always found themselves in trouble with the law while he was earning trophies in grade school, according to the latest TMZ report.
Michael Sam recounted a memorable, but hurtful time in his life where he won trophies at school for his participation in basketball, football, and track. What should have been a wonderful memory for Michael Sam was marred by the fact that his brother broke the trophies out of jealousy. Sam reflected on how proud his mother was of him for being the first child to make such a high achievement, an achievement that angered his older brothers causing them to destroy the trophies and the beautiful memory that should have been associated with them.
Sam went on to describe to Oprah how his brothers made his life a living hell by taunting him and calling him gay, and referring to him as a f–g just to hurt him, he stated. As Inquisitr reported, he revealed much of his troubling background with his brothers in an interview with GQ Magazine, where he called his two other brothers “evil.” The first openly gay player in the NFL used football as a way to escape his home-life, realizing that playing football for as much time as possible was better than going home and facing constant rejection and bullying by his own brothers. Michael Sam made the following statement regarding his brothers.
“Most of the time, that was scary. That was a small house, in more ways than one. I couldn’t be around. I tried to stay away as much as possible. I still got beat up a lot. We called the cops on my brothers so many times I can’t even count. Not only for hurting me. They’d abuse my sisters. Verbally abuse my mom. Call me that word [fa–ot].”
Many African Americans criticized Michael Sam for airing out his private family business, stating that he should be ashamed for calling out his brothers for something they did as children. Others realized that a child’s home life shapes who a person becomes many times, and that Michael Sam has every right to express that as he see fits.
Michael Sam communicates with his mother by phone regularly. However, he is not in contact with his father. As for his brothers, one of them was killed, and the other disappeared without a trace. His other two brothers have written letters to him from prison, but Sam says he is not interested in maintaining any kind of relationship with them after what he went through as a child. The interview with Oprah will premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network on Saturday, December 27 at 10:30/9:30c.
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