It was the perfect time to break the perfect sports story: one week after the biggest, most boring Super Bowl ever, a young man set to become an NFL pro told the media that he happens to be gay.
Of course it wasn’t just a spontaneous announcement from Michael Sam; it was a PR masterpiece of sorts orchestrated my one Howard Bragman, his agency Fifteen Minutes Public Relations, and many others.
Congratulations to Michael Sam Fifteen Minutes Public Relations client on his history-making announcement. http://t.co/9toQuWlEDw
— Howard Bragman (@HowardBragman) February 10, 2014
You’ll note that Sam made sure to thank Bragman and Empire Athletes in his second-ever tweet:
— Michael Sam (@MikeSamFootball) February 10, 2014
Sam reached 50,000 followers faster than any account we’ve seen outside the Vatican—and most of the people who had problems with his announcement chose not to voice their opinions in public.
Now for some backstory behind this historic PR Win.