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ESPY Awards: Michael Sam Receives Arthur Ashe Courage Award, Delivers Emotional Speech

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Michael Sam received a standing ovation on Wednesday night as he took the stage to accept the ESPY’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Sam, who became the NFL’s first openly gay player this year, brought the crowd to tears with a showstopping, emotional speech.

“The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is a big honor, one much bigger than just me. This year I had a lot of experience being part of something bigger than myself,” the St. Louis Rams defensive end said. “At times, I felt like I’d been living in a massive storm … But I’m here tonight to tell you the lessons I learned about love and respect and being true to yourself will never leave me.”

“The late great Arhur Ashe wasn’t just courageous, he was brilliant too,” the 24-year-old continued as he tried not to cry. “He once put the all the wisdom in the world into three great sentences. Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can. Those were the words to live by, whether you’re black or white, young or old, straight or gay…Football raised me, football taught me about hard work.”

“Arthur Ashe said do what you can … The way I see it, my responsibility at this moment in history is to stand up for everybody out there who wants nothing to be themselves openly. Recently, a friend asked me to talk to his sister, a young woman who was considering killing herself rather than [telling] her loved ones the fact that she was gay,” he said while breaking down in tears.

“When we spoke she told me that she would never consider hurting herself again, and that’s something that somehow my example helped her. It’s amazing to think that by just doing what we can, we can all touch, change and even save lives.”

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Serena Williams Almost Died During Child Birth – 3 Shocking Details Behind Tennis Pro’s Complications

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Serena Williams gave birth to a healthy baby girl on September 1, 2017 and is now a happy mother to a perfect bundle of joy. But what fans didn’t know was that the tennis superstar almost died during child birth.

In an op-ed piece for CNN, the mother of one opened up about complications she had while delivering her first child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Here are three shocking details the athlete is now unveiling.

1. According to Williams, she had an emergency C-section after the baby’s heart rate dropped dramatically during contractions. “It began with a pulmonary embolism, which is a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs becomes blocked by a blood clot,” Williams wrote. “This sparked a slew of health complications that I am lucky to have survived.”

2. “My C-section wound popped open due to the intense coughing I endured as a result of the embolism. I returned to surgery, where the doctors found a large hematoma, a swelling of clotted blood, in my abdomen. And then I returned to the operating room for a procedure that prevents clots from traveling to my lungs.”

3. When Serena “finally made it home to my family, I had to spend the first six weeks of motherhood in bed.”

In the article posted on CNN’s website, Williams opened up about studies that prove “Black women in the United States are over three times more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes.”

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