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Internet trolls have bombarded a top football player with abuse after he became one of the most high-profile sportsmen yet to reveal he is gay.

Michael Sam, who could become the first openly homosexual NFL player if he is selected for the top league later this year, was subject to a slew of personal attacks as senior sport insiders warned his declaration could ruin his professional career.

The 23-year old said spoke out during an NCAA College football news conference in Irving, Texas saying, 'I am an openly, proud gay man'.

Within hours of his announcement yesterday, the Missouri defensive lineman was told he was 'hellbound' and he was part of a 'gay commercial being shoved down children's throats'.


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