Michael Sam revealed in a new
documentary that he and boyfriend Vito Cammisano once broke up but
reunited over Christmas.
In the OWN film Michael Sam
broadcast for the first time on Saturday, Sam, the first openly gay
player to be drafted in the NFL, said that his relationship with
Cammisano has had its ups and downs.
The couple met at a lingerie party
during Sam's freshman year at the University of Missouri.
Cammisano, a star swimmer, was dressed
as a rabbit as he violently puked over a railing.
“I said, 'Hey, hey, are you okay?
Can I get you something?” Sam
explained in the film. “Vito slowly raised up and looked at
me. I'll never forget how those eyes looked at me. He's like, 'Get
he f away from me!' … I was about to beat up Vito that night.”
The men didn't speak for two years.
Then, after Cammisano came out, they started dating.
“Early on, it was awesome,” Sam
said. “And then bad things started to happen.”
A closeted Sam asked Cammisano to keep
their relationship a secret.
“When Vito came to my house, he had
to sneak through in and out of the window. Vito was getting really
tired of that,” Sam said.
The men broke up and didn't speak for a
When Cammisano found out that Sam
didn't have anywhere to go for Christmas, he invited him to his home.
“So Mickey came to Kansas City for
Christmas and that's when [we realized] we missed this,” Cammisano
said. “It really was Christmas that brought us back together.”