Michael Sam opens up about his relationship with boyfriend Vito Cammisano in a new documentary. In the video, the first openly gay NFL draft pick displays much candor in speaking of the man that many were introduced to for the first time via an iconic kiss on television, unprecedented in sports history.
He became the first openly gay NFL Draft pick thanks to the St. Louis Rams. He and his boyfriend gave sports an iconic moment as they kissed on television, celebrating as he received the news of his draft pick.
The Michael Sam story is still unfolding, and even, as he continues to make history as a trailblazer in NFL history, the curiosity about not just his sexuality in general, but his relationship with boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, continues unabated.
Rather than leave the public guessing, the couple has become quite preemptive, in letting cameras and their own words tell the story of their relationship.
It’s just part of the much anticipated documentary, ‘Michael Sam,’ premiering on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. In it, the men reminisce about how they met as students at the University of Missouri where Sam was drawing notice on the football team and Cammisano on the school’s swim team.
After an unfortunate first meeting during their freshmen year — which they describe in detail in the video below — they did not begin their relationship until two years later when both were juniors. And, it presented them with awkward circumstances as Cammisano was out of the closet and Sam was not.
Speaking of the relationship, Sam said, “”Early on, it was awesome. And then, bad things started to happen.” He spoke of how he tried to keep their relationship a secret, saying, “Vito didn’t like it. So, that’s when the trouble started.”
For his part, Cammisano spoke of the circumstances in those days, as the two men were together only in his apartment which he called “the only place where Mikey came out.” He went on speak of how “comfortable” they were in the relationship while in the apartment, calling it, “our little safe haven.”
Of course, much has changed for both men since those early secretive days. The relationship now is an integral part of an unfolding chapter of NFL history, as Michael Sam blazes the trail for other gay NFL football players to come out of the closet, or, to be openly gay, as was he, before joining the league.
You can see the video of Michael Sam and Vito Cammisano plus a few pictures of the men below.
Photos: Michael Sam and Vito Cammisano
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