Michael Sam, the son of former New Orleans Saints quarterback Sam Bradford, has spoken out about the sexual misconduct accusations against him.
Sam is the first African American quarterback to be selected to the Heisman Trophy, the NFL announced Tuesday.
He was chosen in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.
Sam, a four-star quarterback, was the first black quarterback to win the Heisman, and was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft.
His first game was a 38-13 win over Alabama in the National Championship game.
Sam received the highest honor in the college football world, the Outstanding Player of the Year award.
He won it in 2016.
Sam’s parents, Jim and Donna Sam, filed a lawsuit in January alleging Sam and former girlfriend Laquisha Henderson sexually assaulted them in October 2018.
The suit said the couple planned to have sex and had sex on multiple occasions in the hotel suite.
The couple said they were forced to sign a contract that was not in their best interest and that they would lose their jobs if they did not comply.
Sam said in an interview with ESPN on Monday that he was not aware of the sexual assault allegations until they came to light.
“I’ve heard all of the stuff that’s going on, but that’s not the truth,” he said.
“I was shocked when I heard about it.
I was surprised, but I was like, ‘Oh, that’s the truth.'”