Podcast #25: The Two Michael Sams.

Michael Sam on the field.

Photo courtesy of Erik Daniel Drost’s Flickr

Michael Sam made history this year when he became the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL — or any of America’s major pro sports, for that matter. In this sports media, his estrangement from his family was characterized as simple homophobia. But when Joel went down to Texas to track down the Sam family for BuzzFeed, he discovered that the picture was much more complicated. Joel talked to G.D., Terryn, Angela and Syreeta McFadden about the elder Michael Sam, a colorful, maddening figure whose life has been marked by tragedies.The Two Michael Sams (Joel Anderson/ Buzzfeed)

Michael Sam’s NFL snub already at historic level (Cyd Zeigler/OutSports)

Michael the Brave (Andrew Corsello/GQ)

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Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.