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White House Celebrates NFL Hopeful Michael Sam's Coming Out

Jay Carney says President Obama shares in good wishes for Michael Sam from Vice President Biden and Michelle Obama and "marvels at his courage."

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WASHINGTON — The Obama family and the Bidens expressed their support for Michael Sam Monday, just hours after the NFL draft entrant came out.

He would be the first out NFL player, if he is drafted and ends up on a team's active roster.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said he did not have any specific comments from the president to share regarding Sam, but said the president "shares the sentiment" of Vice President Biden and Michelle Obama in tweets.

"He shares the sentiments expressed by the first lady and the vice president and so many others in marveling at his courage and congratulating him on the decisions he's made, on the support he's had from his team and wishing him well in the future, including in professional football," Carney said.

Earlier Monday, Michelle Obama and Biden signed tweets expressing support for Sam. The official Twitter account for Biden's wife, Jill, retweeted Obama's tweet.

Thank you to @MikeSamFootball & all of the players, @mizzoufootball & coaches at @mizzou – your courage is an inspiration to all of us.–VP

Office of VP Biden@VP

Thank you to @MikeSamFootball & all of the players, @mizzoufootball & coaches at @mizzou – your courage is an inspiration to all of us.–VP

12:31 PM - 10 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

You're an inspiration to all of us, @MikeSamFootball. We couldn't be prouder of your courage both on and off the field. -mo

FLOTUS@FLOTUS

You're an inspiration to all of us, @MikeSamFootball. We couldn't be prouder of your courage both on and off the field. -mo

10:21 AM - 10 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Evan McMorris-Santoro is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News.

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