One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles wore a Michael Sam #96 football jersey at a 1D concert in St. Louis this week to show support for Sam, who this season became the first openly gay player in the NFL. Today, the St. Louis Rams announced that Sam is a free agent. The Rams’ decision was not based on Sam’s sexual orientation but because “the Rams are loaded with pass-rushers,” according to the Bleacher Report.
In response to Harry Style’s public support, Michael Sam tweeted: “@Harry_Styles thank you for your support!!!” After being released by the Rams, Sam tweeted the triptych tweet below.