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Michael Sam Talks to Oprah About Being Bullied by His Brothers


'They used to abuse me daily.'

Tonight, following the 90-minute Michael Sam documentary on OWN, Oprah Winfrey speaks with Michael Sam in his first television interview since being cut from the NFL on a special episode of Oprah Prime.

In this clip from the interview, Sam shares his challenges growing up with his brothers:

OPRAH: You had brothers who were known as those "damn Sams" because your older brothers were always getting into trouble.
MICHAEL: Absolutely.
OPRAH: They used to beat you up?
MICHAEL: They used to abuse me daily. Maybe just for fun. Maybe because I was different. Maybe it was because I was the oddball out.
OPRAH: Did they call you names?
MICHAEL: They called me a lot of things. They called me fag. They called me gay. They called me anything you can think of just to hurt me. And I remember, seventh grade we had a lot of -- I got some honors in football and basketball and track and I got trophies for the first time in my life. I got a trophy.
OPRAH: Validation.
MICHAEL: Yes. And my mom was so proud of me because it was the first time any of her kids had an achievement that high.
MICHAEL: And, you know, it was most valuable player. And I was so proud. I was so proud of those trophies. And my older -- he was so jealous and he just broke them in front of me. Like it was just the saddest thing. I couldn't have anything without them destroying it or taking it from me.

The interview airs Saturday, Dec. 27 at 10:30-11:30 p.m. ET on OWN.

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