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Paula Deen Compares Herself To First Out Gay NFL Hopeful

“I know exactly what he’s saying,” the former celebrity chef says of Michael Sam's struggles.

Posted on February 27, 2014, at 1:19 a.m. ET

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College football star Michael Sam came out earlier this month and hopes to be the first openly gay player in the NFL. He has received support from his fellow Mizzou classmates, the football world, and even the White House.

Though discrimination charges were later dismissed by a judge, Deen lost her show and several endorsements for using the racial slur and saying she wanted black men to play the role of slaves for a themed party.

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Deen is hoping to make a comeback after announcing this month that she has secured an investment worth about $100 million for a new company, although she hasn't released any other specifics.

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