Anti-gay activist Shirley Phelps-Roper and about 15 other members of the Westboro Baptist Church, an organization widely considered a hate group, protested his appearance.
Ballas's partner for season 6 of Dancing With The Stars was Olympic Gold Medal-winning figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.
Reported to have been dating Sam for several months, Cammisano is a fellow alum of the University of Missouri who was a member of the school's swim team.
is an American dancer, choreographer, singer-songwriter, musician, and actor.
In a statement, President Barack Obama said that he "congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward today in our Nation's journey" and that "[f]rom the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove every day that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are." Sam made his professional debut on August 8, 2014, during the first preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, where he made one tackle in the game on quarterback Ryan Griffin.
During the second preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, Sam recorded his first professional sack where he sacked Matt Flynn.