The 24-year-old NFL draft prospect revealed that he was gay in interviews with The New York Times and ESPN on Feb. 9. In a separate article, The New York Times quoted Sam Sr. as saying he "couldn’t eat no more" after his son told him via text message that he was gay. The Times also quoted Sam Sr. saying “I don’t want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment."
However, Sam Sr. told the Galveston Daily News that he "did not say anything about my grandkids" and he doesn't want the public to think he has problems with his son’s sexual orientation. The Time defended its reporting in an email to the Galveston paper, claiming that Sam Sr. was quoted "accurately and fairly," reported ESPN.
Sam, who is eligible for the 2014 NFL draft, is poised to become the league's first ever openly gay player.