Michael Sam made headlines as the first openly gay NFL football player. Not currently belonging to an NFL team, the former St. Louis Rams defensive end can voice his frustrations live before a worldwide audience thanks to World Wrestling Entertainment.
The sports entertainment juggernaut, under the direction of Vince McMahon, has given the standout athlete a public platform, if he wants, on its “Monday Night Raw” live program 8 p.m. EST Monday, Sept. 8 from Baltimore. Interestingly enough, Raw on the USA Network on Sept. 8 will be going against “Monday Night Football” as MNF kicks off its 2014 season that night on ESPN.
Last year during WWE SummerSlam Week, WWE superstar Darren Young came out. Also, WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson recently revealed he was gay for the first time publicly on the WWE Network show “Legends House,” after staying quiet for 50 years.
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Monday Night Football 2014 kicks off on Sept. 8 on ESPN with a double-header. The New York Giants visit the Detroit Lions at 7 p.m. EST, and the San Diego Chargers travel to play the Arizona Cardinals at 10:15 p.m. EST.
WWE Monday Night Raw, the company’s flagship television show, is 8 p.m. EST Sept. 8 from the Baltimore Arena. The weekly show is broadcast live on the USA Network.