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Michael Sam gets standing ovation at Mizzou amid Westboro protest

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COLUMBIA, MO (KTVI) – A stirring scene at Mizzou Arena: Former Missouri Defensive end Michael Sam, who last week announced that he was gay, returned to campus with his foot-ball team-mates — for Missouri basketball game against Tennessee on Saturday.

They received a standing ovation as they were honored at halftime for their Cotton Bowl Victory over Oklahoma State. Fans erupted when Sam hoisted the trophy.

There was also a “Stand for Sam” event outside Mizzou Arena with more than a thousand people turning out. That gathering was done in part to drown out about 15 anti-gay protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church.

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