Former NFL running back for the Houston Texans Derrick Ward went off on Michael Sam’s draft day victory kiss on Twitter calling it “disgusting” and blocking users who didn’t agree.
The St. Louis Rams picked up the first openly gay player in the NFL on Saturday. ESPN filmed Sam celebrating the event. He burst into tears of joy, hugged his boyfriend and kissed him as they shared cake.
“I'm sorry but that Michael Sam is no bueno for doing that on national tv. I'm fine with it being a new day in age but for him to do that on,” Ward tweeted Saturday night, “National tv is disgusting. Gay or not.”
“Man U got little kids lookin at the draft. I can’t believe ESPN even allowed that to happen,” he followed up minutes later.
His comments invited an array of support and criticism, until he announced he’d block users who didn’t agree with him.
“Everyone who comments on my page saying what dude did was fine is getting blocked. So far I’ve blocked 10 people,” he said at 7:59 p.m. Saturday.
“But for real though most of u need to read the bible. It'll explain a lot in that book. #knowledge,” he added.
He retweeted @Nymerology, who wrote, “@derrickward32 I DON'T NEED THE BIBLE to know what @ESPN showed on TV was Disgusting - America is going the way of Rome #HISTORY.”
Later Ward claimed that users had taken his comments out of context.
“Twitter. The people that twisted my words around are the same people who are on twitter 24/7 trying 2get some1 famous 2 say the wrong thing,” he said.
“Hummm I'm bored. Think I'll go look at houses to buy in calabasas,” he concluded.