Michael Sam attended Missouri’s game against Tennessee on Saturday night, and he received a very warm welcome. The former Missouri defensive end got a standing ovation from fans when he was shown on the arena video board. The Mizzou student section also gave him an overwhelming reception, and he shook hands with and hugged a few fellow students.
Earlier on Saturday, the Westboro Baptist Church had planned a protest of Sam on Mizzou’s campus. As they have been so many times in the past, the religious group was met by a wall of people who were protesting their protest. Sam tweeted a photo of the human wall and thanked those who participated for their support.
— Michael Sam (@MikeSamFootball) February 16, 2014
While there has been plenty of negative reaction since Sam came out, people like the Mizzou students and fans have probably made his decision much easier.