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LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 04: Vito Cammisano (L) and football player Michael Sam attend the 2014 GQ Men Of The Year party at Chateau Marmont on December 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for GQ)

Michael Sam (pictured right) does not lack the talent to play on a National Football League team, he tells TMZ. The reason the rush end is not an NFL player is because, well, he’s gay, he tells the site.

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The Southeastern Conference (SEC) defensive 2013 Player of the Year from Missouri was at the Los Angeles Airport Wednesday when TMZ asked if he thinks NFL teams are avoiding him because of his sexual orientation, or if his skills failed to meet expectations.

“I was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year last year, so I don’t think it had to do with talent,” he told TMZ.

TMZ says Sam believes he’s on the outs with the NFL because he’s “out of the closet,” or gay. But Sam says he hopes to return to the league soon, he told the entertainment news site.

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