UPDATE: Celebrities, athletes react to Michael Sam coming out

Sunday, February 9, 2014 | 9:04 p.m. CST; updated 10:56 a.m. CST, Monday, February 10, 2014

COLUMBIA — Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced Sunday he is gay.

Following are tweets sent by celebrities, athletes and other prominent people since the announcement.

In a preseason team-building exercise, Sam first told his team about his sexual orientation, according to The New York Times.

"I looked in their eyes, and they just started shaking their heads — like, finally, he came out," Sam said in an interview with The New York Times.

If drafted, Sam, 24, would be the first active gay NFL player.

"Once I became official to my teammates, I knew who I was," Sam said to The New York Times' John Branch. "I knew that I was gay. And I knew that I was Michael Sam, who's a Mizzou football player who happens to be gay. I was so proud of myself and I just didn't care who knew. If someone on the street would have asked me, ‘Hey, Mike, I heard you were gay. Is that true?' I would have said yes."

Sam, an all-American and the Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player of the Year, publicly announced his sexual orientation Sunday.

"I am an openly, proud gay man," Sam said in an interview with ESPN.

Sam's teammates were accepting and occasionally accompanied him to gay clubs according to, the SB Nation blog for gay sports coverage.

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