John M. Becker

Colbert Gives Michael Sam a Penalty for 'Unnecessary Tenderness'

Filed By John M. Becker | May 13, 2014 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: faux outrage, gay athletes, LGBT athletes, Michael Sam, NFL, satire, Stephen Colbert

stephen-colbert-michael-sam.jpgLate-night satire king Stephen Colbert was in full-on (faux) outrage mode last night over this weekend's historic NFL draft, where Michael Sam became the first openly gay football player to be drafted by a professional team.

Colbert lampooned Sam for his "war on traditional gridiron values" and, after airing Sam's now-famous embrace with boyfriend Vito Cammisano, threw down the penalty flag. "Holding!", Colbert called out. "Unnecessary tenderness!"

"Folks, this is just wrong," the comedian continued, mocking the homophobes who responded to Sam's spontaneous display of same-sex affection with pearl-clutching outrage. "In the NFL, sexuality is supposed to take place off-camera, and the fans should only find out about it when the charges are filed."

Colbert is in top form. Watch the hilarious clip, after the jump.


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