Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL football player, was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.
The rookie pass rusher had a productive pre-season, registering 11 tackles and three sacks. But it wasn’t enough to make the Rams’ final 53-man roster.
Reaction on Twitter was swift and mixed.
Here’s a sample:
Re: #MichaelSam I can already hear people crying discrimination. Truth is he just didn't make the cut. Let's just end it right there.— @californiaria
Shocked and disheartened at the thinly veiled racism the Rams showed today. I apologize for them, #MichaelSam— @pcwhitegirl
Yall Michael Sam couldve been released because he just wasnt that good.... relax im sure he'll find another team soon enough— @RaveenTheDream
You can think what you want about @MichaelSamNFL , he's good and deserves a spot on a team tbh. And I'm not just saying that.— @JacksonRush__
how deep the rams already are @ defensive line is why i still thought it was possible that michael sam might be cut— @CJsucitymvp