The TV footage of football player Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend Vito Cammisano after being drafted by the St. Louis Rams will go a long way to help mainstream the sight of gay men showing affection, openly gay sportscaster Jared Max says.
"I do believe more than anything the most good that that kiss did — that kiss seen around the world — is that I think it helps maybe desensitize," Max told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
Max, formerly with ESPN Radio, said he's fine with Sam's mouthing off about his plans to clobber the competition, telling the media that if he were "playing the Vikings right now, I'd probably have three sacks the first game.''
He's a football player, right? . . . Maybe he's doing this on purpose to let people know, 'Hey listen, I know that when you first look at me you see Michael Sam, the gay player.' He's maybe reminding everybody that I'm just like everybody else," Max said.
"There are a lot of chest-pounding guys who play all sports, but particularly in the NFL . . . Some people probably get a little bit hung up on the thought that, oh, wait, this is the gay guy, well, he's also a football player who happens to be gay,'' Max said Monday.
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