Following University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe’s Monday resignation, former Mizzou football star — and the first openly gay NFL player — Michael Sam stated that, “he did not experience any racial issues” during his tenure as a student athlete at his alma mater.
Additionally, Sam told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts he has “a lot of respect for [Wolfe], and it’s sad he had to leave under these circumstances.” (RELATED: Mizzou Head Coach Shows Support For College Football Players On Strike)
ROBERTS: Michael, I think a lot of people — because of your personal story and the success you had at Mizzou — might be perplexed by this. To find out that there is an entrenched issue of social oppression or any type of racial injustice on the campus … During your time as a student, did you feel any type of undercurrent of entrenched racism on campus?
SAM: As a former student athlete here, I did not experience any racial issues here. But I did also see some … and nothing was done about it … It’s time for someone to do something about it, and this is what it’s all about.