As desperately as Democratic candidates are trying to avoid any association with President Obama this fall, maybe it’s time for athletes and others to consider doing the same. Michael Sam’s drafting by the St. Louis Rams in May earned him the congratulations of President Obama in an official White House statement and the accolade of “an inspiration to all of us” in a tweet personally issued by Michelle Obama. That’s some kickoff to a career that’s been less than stellar.

For his part, Sam tweeted his appreciation to the Cowboys this afternoon.