Supporters 'Stand With Sam' to block Westboro Baptist Church protest of former Tiger
FEB 15, 2014 6:04p ET
But the handful of protesters who gathered in Columbia to picket and denounce Sam -- the former Mizzou defensive end and future NFL player who announced last Sunday that he is gay -- were met with some resistance.
Sam's supporters countered with Stand With Sam, with hundreds if not thousands lining up in support of him to form a human wall along South Providence Road.
As MU's student body president and an openly gay man, I proudly #StandWithSam and all members of the LGBTQ community that call Mizzou home.— Mason Schara (@MSAPresident) February 10, 2014
At least one of Sam's former teammates, Max Copeland, was among the people who lined up to show their support.
The Sam supporters broke up their wall a few minutes before the start of the basketball game. The Missouri football team, including Sam, was honored at halftime.
Westboro Baptist Church called the event a "great picket!" via its Twitter account, which also aimed some messages directly at Sam.
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