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Football foolishness, homosexuals, etcGay NFL player considering coming out
3/25/13 A current NFL player who is gay is seriously considering coming out publicly in the next few months with the intention of continuing his football career after making the announcement, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman reported.
The player in question was not named by Freeman, who was not aware of the player's identity himself.
However, if the player does announce publicly that he is gay, it would be a milestone event in American pro sports. There has never been an active openly gay player in a major American team sport.
The player's concern is not how his news would be received in the locker room. His concern is the possible harm he might suffer from homophobic fans.
"I honestly think the players of the NFL have been ready for an openly gay player for quite some time now," Scott Fujita, a free agent linebacker, told CBSSports.com. "Trust me, the coming out of a player would create much bigger waves outside the locker room than inside. The way I've seen the conversation around LGBT issues evolve, especially in the past few years, has been encouraging. Guys are more accepting than they used to be. Even those who raise personal objections to homosexuality, some of whom are good friends of mine, would still be able to coexist and accept a gay teammate."
IT IS NOT *HOMOPHOBIC* TO BE ON GOD's SIDE!
CNN mentioned last night that a current NFL player coming out is "weeks away". Wouldn't surprise me if he comes from a team in a "red" state.
Ex-NFL Player Kwame Harris Confirms He’s Gay
03/29/13 While the NFL awaits its first active gay player, one former player has officially come out.
Former San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Kwame Harris admitted he was gay in an interview with CNN.
“I want people, whether gay athletes, athletes still in the closet, or youths who are not sure what their sexuality is to know those are common feelings,” Harris told CNN. “Don’t feel alone in having them.”
Suspicions of Harris’ homosexuality first spiked after he was arrested in January after a dispute with a supposed boyfriend.
Harris, a former first-round draft pick, said he knew he was gay while playing, but kept it a secret out of fear.
**So it took him THIS long to "find out"?
“You want to escape the despair and turmoil and your mind goes to dark places,” Harris said. “I’m happy today, and I’m glad they were just ideas and I didn’t act on any of them.
“The cost was great (to) not speak candidly … open about myself in complete manner. If I could have done it differently, I would have hoped I found the strength.”
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski would be okay with a gay teammate
3/29/13 New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski repeated his stance that a gay teammate would be accepted in his locker room.
|"I got this question before, about a year ago, and I basically will say the same answer that I did a year ago," Gronkowski said. "You've got to accept the player. Everyone has their own ways to live their life and as long as he's respecting me, keeping distance, respecting myself, I'll respect him back.
"If he's being a great teammate and he's a guy on the field doing a great job, well then you've got nothing to complain about. He's another teammate and another friend."
The issue of equality has ramped up this offseason, with Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reporting earlier this week that a current gay player in the National Football League is contemplating coming out. NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth told Baltimore radio station WSNT that a gay player coming out during his career is inevitable and would lead to more gay players coming out.
"It doesn’t have to be one player," Foxworth said (via ProFootballTalk). "When one player comes out, multiple players will come out, because they are in our league right now."
One reason why the atmosphere for a current player to come out has never been better is that even the most staunch opponents of the issue of same-sex marriage now regard marriage equality as being inevitable. Knocking down that wall figures to lead more walls coming down, including in the locker rooms and clubhouses in professional sports. Last week, several current NFL players filed an "Athlete's Brief" to the Supreme Court case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, which challenges California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage. Among the players named in that brief were free agent linebacker Scott Fujita, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.
"Football is a macho sport, but we’ve found many players to be accepting. We hope to create an environment where a player who is gay will be treated like any other teammate," Fujita said in a statement last week.
Other players who support the "Athlete's Brief" include Chicago Bears punter Adam Podlesh, Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack, linebackers Chris Gocong and D'Qwell Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin, free agent offensive tackle Eric Winston, as well as Foxworth, a former NFL cornerback, and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith.
Is it just me, or does the NFL Miami Dolphins logo look a bit feminine?
Yeah, it seems like almost everywhere you turn, there's at least some subliminal gay messages.
4 gay NFL players could come out on the same day, Brendon Ayanbadejo says
4/5/13 Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo was released by Baltimore this offseason, and on the heels of comments earlier this week where he suggested that he was cut in part because of his outspoken stance on gay rights and equality issues, Ayanbadejo clarified himself to the Baltimore Sun on Friday. During an hour-long interview he made it clear that he harbors no resentment for the Ravens, and respects them for the support they offered him throughout his career both on and off the field. But that's not all.
When the conversation turned to his work with gay rights and the question of when we might see an openly gay player in the NFL, Ayanbadejo had this to say:
|"I think it will happen sooner than you think," Ayanbadejo said. "We're in talks with a handful of players who are considering it. There are up to four players being talked to right now and they're trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out." |
In other words, everyone prepare themselves for the most insane day of the NFL offseason in human history. A day to make the sports world explode, basically.
The 36-year old linebacker says he was misquoted in a report claiming his release was related to his stance on gay rights. He took to Twitter to defend his former team.
Hate to say it, but this will be no surprise b/c the NFL has been conditioning something like this for quite some time now - 1) 20 years ago, the debate over "Should the NFL accept gay players?" started(even though it was unanimously No, but nonetheless it opened the door and planted the seeds over the long haul). 2) In recent years, they've been making more rules to protect "player safety"(some of which have been utterly nonsense). 3) Last year, NFL games sponsored Susan G. Komen's Breast Cancer Awareness by having the players wear pink shoes and gloves.
The first gay NFL player to come out will face no backlash at all
With the growing conversation about a gay NFL player coming out publicly, I keep hearing about this mythical "backlash" that's going to ensue, as though somehow the overall experience of that player will be negative. Brendon Ayanbadejo used that very word - "backlash" - as reason for several athletes to come out together at the same time.
Yet there is not a shred of evidence to say the first out NFL player is going to experience any kind of "backlash." In fact, all evidence says he's going to be overwhelmingly embraced.
Over the last 12 years, Outsports has written about the coming out stories of hundreds of athletes. They have been in high school, college, the Olympics and the pros. They have been in football, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, tennis and wrestling. They've been playing everywhere from Georgia to California, Australia to the UK. But no matter who they are or where they're from, their stories have all had the same outcome.
Every one of them had an overwhelmingly positive coming-out experience. In fact, most of them struggle to think about a single negative response they received at any time from anyone.
N.H.L. Announces Initiative to Support Gay Athletes
Amid heightened speculation that a male athlete in one of North America’s four major professional leagues will soon publicly declare his homosexuality, the National Hockey League and its players announced Thursday what appears to be the most comprehensive measure by a major men’s league in support of gay rights.
The N.H.L. said it had formed a partnership with the You Can Play Project, an advocacy group pledged to fight homophobia in sports, and planned training and counseling on gay issues for its teams and players. The league will also be involved in the production and broadcast of public service announcements.
“Our motto is Hockey Is for Everyone, and our partnership with You Can Play certifies that position in a clear and unequivocal way,” N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman said in the statement. “We are delighted to reaffirm through this joint venture with the N.H.L. Players’ Association that the official policy of the N.H.L. is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the stands.”
In a telephone interview Donald Fehr, the chief executive of the players’ association, said: “Bottom line, it’s the right thing to do, and that’s what we’re all supposed to do in this world.”
You Can Play will help run seminars for N.H.L. rookies to educate young prospects on gay issues and make resources and personnel available to each team, as desired. The league and union will also work with You Can Play to integrate the project into its behavioral health program, enabling players to seek counseling regarding matters of sexual orientation confidentially. Burke said the joint venture would also step forward when players make homophobic remarks.
Gay Pro Athletes Get Backing of Nike, NHL as Sponsors Await
By the time former Phoenix Suns executive Rick Welts’s I-am-gay announcement appeared on the front page of the May 15, 2011, New York Times, he already had revealed his secret to friends, co-workers and business associates.
Among those told before the article was published were NBA Commissioner David Stern and senior executives at Nike Inc. (NKE), the world’s largest sporting-goods company whose roster of team- sport athlete endorsers includes Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees and Joe Flacco of the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens. Nike asked Welts to deliver a message to anyone thinking about becoming the first openly gay athlete in major U.S. team sports -- the company wants him as an endorser.
“They made it clear to me Nike would embrace it,” Welts, 60, now president of the National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors, said in a telephone interview. “The player who does it, they’re going to be amazed at the additional opportunities that are put on the table, not the ones that are taken off.”
According to Bob Witeck, 61, a gay-marketing strategist and corporate consultant, the first openly gay team-sport athlete -- provided he’s a recognizable name -- would earn millions in endorsements and speaking engagements from companies seeking to capture more of a U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adult population whose annual buying power he pegs at almost $800 billion.
“We’ve passed the tipping point to where national advertisers are no longer afraid of the gay market,” said Mark Elderkin, chief executive officer of the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Gay Ad Network.
The National Hockey League isn’t backing away from the issue. Yesterday, the league aligned itself with a gay-rights organization in a partnership aimed at fighting homophobia in sports.
American Airlines Corp., Macy’s (M) Inc., Ikea Group and Amazon.com (AMZN) Inc. are among the companies that have used gay- themed advertising. American, which has employed Witeck as a consultant for 20 years, in the mid-1990s created a gay-targeted sales group called the Rainbow Team. In 2010, American ran billboards in New York showing two men on a beach with the slogan: “Here’s to his-and-his beach towels. Proud to support the community that supports us.”
Witeck says a gay athlete endorser makes most sense for a company in the beverage, automotive, financial or technology fields. “There’s higher reward than risk right now,” he said. “The first time you do something you get most of the benefit.”
Billionaire Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, sees it that way, too. That’s why he wants gay basketball players to know that his team values inclusion.
American Airlines pays the Mavericks to put its name on their arena. Cuban says he’d be honored to have a gay player on his roster, noting that athletes today are too enlightened for it to create a problem in the locker room.
“And,” he wrote in an e-mail, “it would be a marketing goldmine for all involved.”
Cuban’s hypothesis may soon be tested.
Former Baltimore Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo, a gay- rights advocate, attended a meeting last week at National Football League headquarters during which three organizations with ties to sports and the gay community brainstormed how the league could prepare for an openly gay player.
Ayanbadejo, 36, said in a telephone interview that in his discussions with football players who are contemplating coming out, the subject of a joint announcement has been discussed.
“It’s not concrete that it’ll happen,” said Ayanbadejo, who was released by the Ravens on April 3 and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree at George Washington University in Washington. “My cause is to be an ally and make the environment ready so that if it does there’s a safe haven.”
Ayanbadejo said “there’s a lot of work to do” in the NFL. The league last month was told by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that it must take steps to ensure teams don’t discriminate against players based on sexual orientation. The directive came after three players who attended the scouting combine said they were asked questions on whether they had girlfriends or were married. The NFL investigated and said it found no specific violations.
Ayanbadejo and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe on April 4 received the Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays Straight for Equality in Sports Award.
Drew Tagliabue, executive director of PFLAG’s New York City chapter, said in a telephone interview that businesses like Nike are wise to seek diversity advertising.
“The companies are marketing to America,” said Tagliabue, whose father, Paul, is a former commissioner of the NFL. “It’s a dollars issue.”
Today’s athletes have opportunities that weren’t available to openly gay tennis players Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, 56, a fitness ambassador for the American Association of Retired Persons who has said being out cost her about $10 million in endorsements. Navratilova couldn’t be reached to comment through her marketing representative.
Nike Chairman Phil Knight said the sponsorship of a gay athlete would not be an issue.
“If it was the right athlete at the right time,” Knight said in an interview yesterday while walking with Tiger Woods’s mother along the 17th fairway of Augusta National Golf Club during the first round of the Masters Tournament. “That’s what the game has always been about for us. It doesn’t matter if the athlete is gay or not.”
Make no mistake, said former NBA player John Amaechi, who retired in 2003 and four years later announced he was gay, teams and leagues are embracing diversity because it’s good for business.
“Teams are not interested in diversity as a warm and fuzzy concept,” he said. “It’s about winning. The business angle is the important angle.”
High school, college and professional sports, from the locker room to the field of play to the owner’s suite, historically haven’t embraced diversity, said the 42-year-old Amaechi, who works as a consultant and whose clients include investment banks and universities.
Former NBA player Tim Hardaway responded to Amaechi’s coming out by telling a radio host he hated gay people and didn’t want one as a teammate. Hardaway apologized.
The day after Welts told Stern about his sexual orientation, the Lakers’ Bryant used a gay slur while lambasting a referee during a nationally televised game. He was fined $100,000. A month later, Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls directed a gay slur at a fan. He was fined $50,000. Bryant and Noah apologized, and NBA players then appeared in anti- homophobia public service announcements. Bryant earlier this year scolded one of his Twitter followers for using a gay slur.
Amaechi said he didn’t come out while playing “because I would have lost my job.”
Rutgers University basketball coach Mike Rice did lose his job after ESPN aired a video that showed him physically and verbally attacking players at practices while using gay slurs. Rice’s initial punishment was a suspension and $50,000 fine levied by Athletic Director Tim Pernetti, who has since resigned.
“Sports are a rough-and-tumble space,” said Witeck, the marketing strategist. “Boys on fields and courts will do and say a lot of things. But that window is shutting quickly.”
A majority of U.S. senators now say they back the right of gays and lesbians to marry, including three Democrats who about a week ago reversed their earlier opposition.
Advocates said momentum has been building since President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party platform backed same-sex marriage, as did voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington in November. A March poll by Hamden, Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University showed U.S. voters backing same-sex marriage, 47 percent to 43 percent, a reversal from its July 2008 survey in which 55 percent were opposed and 36 percent were in favor.
The U.S. Supreme Court last month heard challenges to a California referendum that outlawed same-sex marriage and to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents the federal government from providing benefits to married couples of the same sex. A ruling is likely by June.
Gay rights became a storyline during Super Bowl week when Ayanbadejo used the platform to call for marriage equality. San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, meantime, during a radio interview before the most-watched U.S. sporting event said gay players wouldn’t be welcome in the locker room. He apologized the next day. “The derogatory comments I made were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel,” he said. “It has taken me seeing them in print to realize that they are hurtful and ugly.”
The NHL’s partnership with the Denver-based You Can Play Project includes training and education for teams, players, media and fans, said Patrick Burke, the organization’s founder and son of former NHL executive Brian Burke. He started the organization in 2012 after his younger brother, Brendan, who was gay, died in a car crash.
“All of the major sports are at a point where a player would be accepted by his team and management as long as he’s a contributing player,” Patrick Burke said in a telephone interview. “Now it’s just a matter of time.”
He declined to comment on the endorsement opportunities.
“The financial benefits do exist, but only if the player wants to do that,” he said.
There won’t be any shortage of opportunities for the gay athlete that wants to cash in by coming out, said Bob Dorfman, executive director at San Francisco-based Baker Street Advertising.
“The first openly gay athlete could do quite well,” Dorfman wrote in an e-mail. “I can’t see a company putting their whole endorsement budget into one gay athlete, but as part of a stable of athlete endorsers, the first openly gay one would be a welcome and profitable addition.”
Ayanbadejo, like Welts, the gay sports executive, has heard from companies seeking to align themselves with the first openly gay player. People have pitched books, documentaries and movie scripts, he said.
“There’s going to be a monetary gain by a lot of people,” he said. “Hopefully it’s the players who come out.”
Kicker Alan Gendreau seeks to land NFL tryout, would be first openly gay player
As the worlds of the NFL and gay awareness grow ever closer, there's the possibility (expectation?) that an NFL player will come out of the closet. But here's a different turn on that possibility: an openly gay player coming into the NFL.
1Tim_6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
First Openly Gay NFL Player Could 'Gain Millions' for Team
The fuss over who will be the first openly gay male U.S. professional athlete may take an unexpected turn this year as a little-known standout college team kicker from Florida, who happens to be gay, is eying his shot at the majors.
Alan Gendreau made a name for himself as Middle Tennessee State's kicker, finishing a record-breaking career in 2012 as the all-time leading scorer in Sun Belt Conference history with 295 points. Now Gendreau's quest to take his football career to the next level as an NFL kicker is becoming part of the larger picture of the acceptance of gay men in American sports.
"The whole culture has shifted. Sports are way behind," Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of Outsports.com, told ABCNews.com. "But the NFL is about winning. It's not about whether you're gay or straight."
Zeigler, who featured Gendreau in an exclusive article and video released on his site Tuesday, originally spoke with the star athlete during his freshman year at MTSU, when he anonymously discussed being a lone out gay member on a college team. The then-teenage kicker was worried at the time about how his sexuality could hurt his chances of getting into the NFL. Zeigler said there was a risk that coming out publicly would be chancy. But that was then.
"Now, today, I can say yes, this is not going to hurt his chances," Zeigler said. "If some person doesn't like it that much, another person will like him because of it."
Many thought for years that the first out pro player would be a familiar name. Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, an outspoken supporter of gay rights, even said earlier this month that "there are up to four players being talked to right now and they're trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together."
Gendreau grew up in Apopka, Fla. and came out as gay to his friends and family at 16. A devout Christian who says he keeps a Bible by his bed, he told Outsports.com that he was sent to church-based counseling by his parents, but that it only lasted four sessions. He knew who he was. He says he still regularly attends church on Sunday. The 23-year-old is about a month away from being in peak shape for a tryout.
"Right now, looking back when I'm 40, I can't say I gave it my best shot," Gendreau told Outsports.com. "I can't say I really tried to make it into the NFL. Last year I did it half-assed. If I don't give it everything I have now, I'll regret it for the rest of my life."
Now, as he trains vigorously for his shot at the majors, Gendreau, whose rough senior season only saw a 60 percent connection on field goal attempts, and left him undrafted, is focusing on his opportunity to launch a career. Being a role model may have to follow that.
"He has a real opportunity to break through, and he's going to do that by being a huge success on the field," his representative Howard Bragman told ABCNews.com.
Bragman said Gendreau's sexuality is not what defines him.
"Alan would love nothing more than to play in the NFL, and he would tell you that his sexuality is something he's proud of, as much as anyone is proud of their sexuality," Bragman said. "He defines himself as a good man, a Christian, an athlete. He has a lot of ways he defines himself. He's a well-rounded guy who happens to be gay."
Not that Gendreau is naïve about the attention he is receiving, and the role he would play as the first openly gay player, according to Bragman. But his focus is on getting there.
I wondered why RUSH Limbaugh says football is on the way out.
His reasons differ from mine of course.
Once football accepts SIN as ok, it curses itself.
Queer is SIN.
|CJ wrote: |
|I wondered why RUSH Limbaugh says football is on the way out.
His reasons differ from mine of course.
Once football accepts SIN as ok, it curses itself.
Queer is SIN.
Last year the NFL sponsored Susan G. Komen's scam breast cancer foundation. Seeing those players wear pink shoes and gloves in some of those games made them look like sissies and effeminate.
So guess it's no surprise that they've come this far...
Jason Collins Is the First Openly Gay Major Professional Athlete
Before today, Jason Collins was known as a 34-year-old center on the NBA's Washington Wizards. But after an historic public admission sure to redefine sexuality in sports, Collins has now become the first openly gay athlete playing in one of the four major sports in North America. As Collins writes in his cover story for this week's Sports Illustrated: "Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully?"
Collins's representatives got in touch with SI's Frank Lidtz for a story with quite the backstory — even Jason's twin brother, Jarron, who starred with him at Stanford, was caught by surprise. But Jason Collins seemed to know what kind of week he's about to have — he played a relaxing round of golf this morning before the entire world started to call him about the coming out:
Played golf for the 1st time since Oct on Sun. I broke 100 and had a birdie. Great way to relax before the start of a big week.
— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins34) April 29, 2013
There have been rumors swirling that a handful of players from the NFL were set to come out sometime this summer while that league was struggling to deal with same sex acceptance. Getting ahead of the pack, the NHL made a deal with YouCanPlay, a group advocating sexual equality in the locker room, to help bring the hockey league to forefront of same sex acceptance in sports. But the NBA just leapfrogged them both by becoming the first league with an out athlete. Let the media storm begin, and may the NBA hold up under the pressure. As SI's Jon Wortheim makes clear, this is a big deal — a bigger deal than it should have to be, maybe, but the beginning of something big:
At some point the idea of having no openly gay athletes in a league might sound as unimaginable as a ball field segregated by race. But today Collins becomes the first active male athlete in a major U.S. team sport to come out of the closet. Yes, that's a lot of qualifiers. Yes, it may be an artificial construct. But it is a milestone.
No, don't want to elaborate on this too much, but just wanted to add that professional sports, even though watched by all demographics, nonetheless largely appeals to the YOUNGER audiences. No, I'm not trying to belittle the Millenials, but it's toward the youth where the NWO minions aim their indoctrination at. They're doing it via the public schools, movies, music, tv shows, and an example here professional sports. This verse came to mind...
Mat_18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
White House commends Jason Collins
Bill Clinton asks fans to support Collins
NBA's Collins comes out, world reacts(Twitter reactions at bottom of link)
NFL's Miami Dolphins' Mike Wallace sends out a pair of "ridiculous" tweets
Also, notice the same day the first major professional sports player comes out, is also the same day Tim Tebow got released?
ESPN's Chris Broussard Calls Homosexuality a Sin During Jason Collins Segment (Video)
17 hours ago
Weird...b/c this article is time-stamped 17 hours ago, which would have been at midnight last night? And this story didn't break until today, when Broussard made this comment?
ESPN's Chris Broussard is getting flack online after he called homosexuality a "sin" during a Monday episode of Outside the Lines.
In a special one-hour episode covering the immediate effects of Washington Wizards center Jason Collins' coming out as a gay man on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Broussard briefly started discussing his personal beliefs about homosexuality.
"If you're openly living that type of lifestyle, the bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that that's a sin," said Broussard, comparing homosexuality to any other sex outside of marriage. "If you're openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, I believe that's walking in open rebellion to God and Jesus Christ."
Broussard was on Outside the Lines to discuss the potential ramifications of an openly gay player in the NBA, and he noted that there were others who felt the way he did who might have reservations about discussing them openly.
"As a Christian, I don't agree with homosexuality. I think it's a sin," said Broussard. "There are a lot of Christians in the NBA, and just because they don't agree with that lifestyle, they don't want to be called bigoted and intolerant."
The 44-year-old ESPN Magazine columnist, who previously wrote that the NBA was "ready" for an openly gay player, has appeared on the network since 2004. When the interview veered towards the more incendiary comments, he notably started falling over some of his words and attempted to pad his religious references with some more diplomatic statements.
"A lot of people understand that it's a politically correct climate," said Broussard. "I've had some players say that they would be uncomfortable with a gay player in the locker room.... but no one is going to necessarily come out and say anything... If he doesn't get signed next year, it probably won't be because he came out as gay. He's towards the end of his career and not that good anymore."
ESPN did not immediately respond to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment, and Broussard is already drawing a considerable amount of fire online.
The Center for American Progress has already drawn attention to the fact that Broussard's 2009 article on the NBA being ready to welcome openly gay players also noted him being personally uncomfortable with the idea of sharing a locker room with a gay man.
Collins' act wows victim's parents
In his historic coming-out essay Monday, NBA veteran Jason Collins revealed to Sports Illustrated that he wore the number 98 in 38 games this season while playing for the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards as an unspoken “sign of solidarity” with the gay community.
He said he did so as a nod to the Trevor Project, an LGBTQ suicide prevention foundation founded in August 1998, and also in memory of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old University of Wyoming student who was killed in October 1998 in one of the most infamous antigay hate crimes in history.
Dolphins do damage control for Mike Wallace
Dolphins release statement on insensitive Mike Wallace tweet
Mike Wallace tweeted some rather insensitive remarks after Jason Collins came out as the first openly gay active male athlete in a major sport on Monday. The Miami Dolphins promptly released a statement saying that Wallace's tweet was unacceptable.
|"Mike Wallace has apologized for his comments, and we have addressed the matter with him. Mike's comments do not reflect the views of the Miami Dolphins. We believe in a culture of inclusiveness and respect, and any statements to the contrary are in no way acceptable to our organization. We will address the entire team about our policy of inclusion and make sure they all understand the importance of respecting individual choices." |
Wallace quickly deleted the tweet and sent out an apology. More importantly, Collins received overwhelmingly positive support from players around the NBA.
Jason Collins’ former fiancee, Carolyn Moos, had no idea he was gay
Carolyn Moos says she had no idea that Jason Collins, her longtime boyfriend and fiancee, was actually gay.
In the Sports Illustrated piece featuring his groundbreaking revelation, the 12-year NBA veteran wrote, "When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged. I thought I had to live a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her. I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue."
Moos, however, didn't know. The former WNBA player told TMZ that she only found out about Collins' orientation a couple of days before the world did:
|Carolyn tells TMZ, she never once suspected he was gay, so the news is shocking. She says Collins eventually revealed everything last weekend — just days before his big announcement — and said that his homosexuality was the real reason he ended things with her.
At the time of their breakup, Carolyn says Jason gave a bunch of BS reasons for calling it quits ... and she could never understand what went wrong, until now. [...]
"It's very emotional for me as a woman to have invested [eight] years in my dream to have a husband, soul mate, and best friend in him. So this is all hard to understand."
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Rom 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Rom 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
ESPN APOLOGIZES FOR COMMENTATOR'S CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW ON HOMOSEXUALITY
While the left lectures Americans about the historic breakthrough
made by NBA free agent Jason Collins in announcing his sexuality
and calls for well-deserved tolerance, they are on full-out attack
against ESPN commentator Chris Broussard for expressing his
Christian views. And now ESPN has been forced to apologize.
It all started when Broussard appeared on Outside the Lines to talk about Collins.A ppearing with ESPN senior writer LZ Granderson, who is openly gay, Broussard was asked by the host, “How ready is the NBA and the locker rooms for having an openly gay
Broussard answered, “The climate in society is very set for this thing to happen …. A lot of people feel like if you come out and say you don’t agree with homosexuality, you are viewed as a bigot, you are viewed as intolerant. So I think the climate is right for somebody to come out and say they are gay. I’ve been texting with players, GMs, coaches, agents throughout the day … and it’s been overwhelmingly supportive of Jason, from former teammates to guys who have played against him.” Broussard acknowledged that a few
players said they might be uncomfortable with a gay player in the showers, but that “I don’t think you’ll see somebody come out and be against this, whether because of their true feelings or because of political correctness.”
Later in the conversation, Granderson said, “If we really want to move toward progress and toward full acceptance, we have to have this conversation and this process. Broussard
then seconded that motion, and gave an example of that conversation and how it could be productive:
I’d like to second what LZ said. “I’m a Christian. I don’t agree with homosexuality. I think it’s a sin, as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is. [ESPN's] L.Z. [Granderson] knows that. He and I have played on basketball teams together for several years. We’ve gone out, had lunch together, we’ve had good conversations, good laughs together. He knows where I stand and I know where he stands. I don’t criticize him, he doesn’t criticize me, and call me a bigot, call me
ignorant, call me intolerant.
In talking to some people around the league, there’s a lot Christians in the NBA and just because they disagree with that lifestyle, they don’t want to be called bigoted and intolerant and things like that. That’s what LZ was getting at. Just like I may tolerate someone whose lifestyle I disagree with, he can tolerate my beliefs. He disagrees with my beliefs and my lifestyle but true tolerance and acceptance is being able to handle that as mature adults and not criticize each other and call each other names…
Football preparing the ground for first gay players
MIAMI (Reuters) - They're big, they're tough, and, presumably, some of them are gay, but so far not a single active NFL player has come out and said so. After NBA player Jason Collins broke that barrier this week, the National Football League is making sure it will be ready for any coming out party.
Earlier this year, at least three college football players said they had been asked about their sexual orientation during NFL recruitment interviews, sparking calls for the NFL to do more to fight discrimination.
Just hours before Collins' coming out statement was published by Sports Illustrated on Tuesday, the NFL - America's most popular sport, with $9 billion a year in revenue - released a ‘workplace conduct statement' regarding sexual orientation.
National gay athlete hall of fame launched in Chicago
Just as Jason Collins, a veteran NBA player, announced he is gay, a hall of fame for gay athletes and allies launched in Chicago.
The nonprofit National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame will accept nominees beginning this summer. Its goal is to honor people and organizations that have "stood up to stereotypes" and embraced gay and lesbian athletes, said Bill Gubrud, executive director and board chairman.
"We're not just going to honor gay athletes, but other athletes who helped those gay athletes along and provided a safe haven," Gubrud said.
When asked if he thought Collins would be nominated and inducted this year, Gubrud said: "I would hope so."
Gubrud, of Chicago, said the organization could honor deceased players and advocates such as gay MLB outfielder Glenn Burke, credited with introducing the high-five. Burke's sexuality wasn't widely known until after his playing career.
Nominees can be from any sporting level, from youth leagues to professional sports. The nomination form can be found at gayandlesbiansports.com.
Gubrud, who said he is gay, has been a Little League coach and is a die-hard Cubs fan. He said he hopes his organization can help debunk the stereotype that gay people don't like sports.
The induction ceremony for the National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame will be Aug. 2 at the Center on Halsted, the day before Out at Wrigley, a gay and lesbian day at Wrigley Field, which is also a Gubrud-organized event.
The nonprofit also hopes to start outreach programs in schools and park districts. It's still in the market for a center to display the hall of famers and detail the history of gay athletes. For now it will be housed at the Center on Halsted.
"All the hall of fames have a special section in there for women or for African-Americans," Gubrud said. "No one has a section for gay and lesbian (athletes and allies)."
They are really pouring it on now! This "Christian" group apparently is a front for the pro-gay lobby!
Christian Group Calls for ESPN Writer's Suspension After Jason Collins Anti-Gay Remarks
The WrapBy Tim Kenneally | The Wrap – 1 hour 47 minutes ago
A Christian Group is calling for the suspension of ESPN the Magazine writer Chris Broussard, after Broussard told an interviewer that gay NBA player Jason Collins can't be a Christian because of his sexual orientation.
A group called Faithful America (motto: "Love thy neighbor. No exceptions.") has launched an online petition asking for ESPN to suspend Broussard for comments he made on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Monday, after Collins came out in an op-ed for Sports Illustrated.
"Chris Broussard's hateful attack on Jason Collins for being gay was an unacceptable misrepresentation of the Christian faith," the petition reads. "ESPN must immediately suspend Chris Broussard and guarantee that their network will never again be used for gay bashing."
Broussard drew a fair amount of Twitter reaction on Monday, when he said that homosexuality constitutes "open rebellion to God."
MoveOn.org Petition: ESPN Must 'Immediately Suspend' Broussard for 'Gay Bashing'
MoveOn.org has started a petition to get ESPN reporter Chris Broussard immediately suspended from the network for comments he made regarding Jason Collins's homosexuality, which Broussard said was a sin according to his personal Christian beliefs. The group said Broussard was engaging in "gay bashing."
The petition reads:
Chris Broussard's hateful attack on Jason Collins for being gay was an unacceptable misrepresentation of the Christian faith. ESPN must immediately suspend Chris Broussard and guarantee that their network will never again be used for gay bashing.
In its "petition background" statement, the left-wing organization says that after Jason Collins "emphasized the importance of his Christian faith in accepting himself and deciding to come out," ESPN's Broussard "attacked" Collins.
"Shockingly, so far ESPN is standing by Broussard, describing his tirade as 'a respectful discussion of personal viewpoints,'" they write. "ESPN needs to hear immediately that it's unacceptable to turn Christian faith into a weapon of anti-gay hatred."
After ESPN expressed "regret" after Broussard, speaking to his friend and sports reporter/editor LZ Granderson, who is openly gay, said he believed those who are gay or have premarital sex are were "walking in open rebellion to God." Granderson has repeatedly said that those on the left need to accept viewpoints, like Broussard's, that may be different from theirs. Broussard, after making his remarks on Monday's "Outside the Lines," later respectfully defended his personal Christian beliefs in a statement on Twitter.
When it rains, it pours...
Chicago Tribune Writer: Bears Player Must 'Explain' Position on Jason Collins
Of everything I've read surrounding Jason Collins, the NBA center who came out publicly as gay Monday, this column by The Chicago Tribune's Steve Rosenbloom is by far the most disgraceful piece of yellow journalism I've come across yet. Nothing blossoms the left's fascist streak faster than their own sense of puffed up sanctimony, and it is pretty obvious Collins's decision to come out has Rosenbloom puffed up in nine different ways.
In a Tuesday column, Rosenbloom publicly "outed" Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs for having the gall to not express an opinion on the Collins episode. Apparently, a number of Briggs' Twitter followers peppered the football player on the issue and in response Briggs (or whoever handles his Twitter feed) responded with non-responses such as, "How about those Bulls!!"
Obviously, Briggs' unwillingness to express a personal opinion outraged Rosenbloom to no end. The writer not only took to Twitter to badger Briggs for an explanation and devoted a column to his non-answer, but Rosenbloom also decided to publicly declare that there can be only two ways to explain the football star's truculent silence:
One, Briggs might be offering a meta-message meant to say that a player’s sexuality is not an issue.
Or two, Briggs might be a homophobe and intolerant.
One wonders why Rosenbloom is so subtle, when we all know what he really means: It is time for the villagers to come together, capture Briggs, tie him to a chair, and dunk the suspect in water. If he floats, he is guilty; if he drowns, he is innocent.
But Rosenbloom is so flush with his own McCarthyism, he doesn't stop there. He takes it a step further to pressure Briggs' employer, the Chicago Bears, to demand a public explanation:
The Bears should encourage Briggs to explain, lest they get cast as clinging to intolerant beliefs as useless as a Lamborghini cracked up on the side of the Edens. A Bears source said Briggs’ Twitter account is ghostwritten some of the time (maybe that’s who deleted those tweets), but the source told me the team, trying since Monday, has not been able to reach Briggs for an explanation.
This is the left's America, folks, where your vote is no longer sacred and private.
Citizen, it is no longer enough to stay politely silent!
Citizen, it is no longer enough to keep your opinions to yourself!
Citizen, it is no longer enough to choose to stay out of it!
(Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm about to mix my metaphors…)
No, Citizen, you must either tell us where you stand or face The Wrath of Rosenbloom and the Chicago Tribune in Room 101…
Where they will abuse their media power to paint you with a scarlet "H."
Unless, of course, you do the right thing and … agree with them.
Robbie Rogers Ponders Return To MLS
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 7:25 pm
Amid all the hype surrounding NBA veteran Jason Collins' revelation of his sexuality, another gay athlete is quietly training for what could be a return to professional sports.
Robbie Rogers, the 25-year-old midfielder who came out in February, played for five seasons in the MLS before moving to Europe. He struggled with Leeds United and Stevenage, leading to his retirement earlier this year. In a blog post, Rogers said he wanted to "discover myself away from football."
Rogers, who has tallied 18 caps for the U.S. national team, recently asked Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena about training with the team. Arena extended an open invitation to the Southern California native, and Rogers worked out with the squad this week.
Lesbian Athlete Says NBA Player Will Save Lives with Announcement That He Is Gay
(CNSNews.com) – Retired lesbian tennis star Martina Navratilova reacted to NBA star Jason Collins’ announcement Monday that he is homosexual by writing a commentary stating that his “coming out” will save lives.
“Collins' action will save lives,” Navratilova wrote in a column on Sports Illustrated’s website the same day of Collins’ announcement. “This is no exaggeration: Fully one third of suicides among teenagers occur because of their sexuality.”
Navratilova called it a “watershed moment.”
After Praising Gay NBA Player as 'Towering Figure,' NBC Dismisses Tebow as 'Spoof-Worthy' And 'Lackluster'
While Tuesday's NBC Today began by heralding gay NBA player Jason Collins as "a towering figure on the court" and in "sports history," later in the 7 a.m. ET hour, correspondent Craig Melvin regarded NFL quarterback Tim Tebow as an athlete who's "play never really matched the hype" and someone who became "spoof-worthy" due to his "well-publicized faith."
A clip played of Late Night host Jimmy Fallon mocking Tebow with a parody song set to David Bowie's "Ground Control to Major Tom": "Tim Tebow to Jesus Christ." Melvin followed: "On the field, Tebow struggled. His only season as a Jet, lackluster....His football future is uncertain. But Tebow could still cash-in on his carefully cultivated persona."
A quick look at Collins's career stats doesn't exactly show him to a top player in the NBA, only averaging three points per game. Yet the phrase "lackluster" never appeared in the coverage of him coming out.
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Yes, after looking at Collins's stats on the ESPN web site, it looks like he's been nothing more than a 2nd/3rd stringer his entire career.
Pt being that we'll see where this goes - he's 34, and with any typical 34 year old that's been a lifelong 2nd/3rd string, chances are they're on their way to retirement. But don't be surprise to see the pro-gay lobby make a big fuss if he can't land with a team anymore b/c of just that...
As for Tim Tebow - the Jets couldn't have gotten any worse than Mark Sanchez, otherwise they wouldn't have drafted Geno Smith.
** = my comments
Young gay athletes set tone for NBA coming out
CHICAGO (AP) -- You've probably never heard of Holly Peterson or Jonathan Jean-Pierre. One came out as a lesbian at age 15, when she was playing high school basketball. The other, a college rower, told his teammates last year that he's gay.
There was little fanfare for either. There were no headlines as there were this past week when NBA player Jason Collins declared that he is gay, making him the first in a major U.S. men's professional sport to come out.
Some are calling Collins a role model for this up-and-coming generation of gay and lesbian athletes. But in some ways, those young athletes and their supporters also have helped pave the way for pros like Collins.
''Change is coming from the top down, but it's also coming from the bottom up,'' says Ellen Staurowsky, a professor of sport management at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
''It is a movement that's taken place quietly,'' she adds, ''on teams, in athletic departments with some coaches and athletes standing up when they needed to ... It's an accumulated movement over many, many decades.''
**Title IX, which was pushed by the feminist movement in the 70's, played a big part.
Awareness of homosexuality in athletics started to grow, slowly, Staurowsky says, in the 1970s on college campuses. Then in the early 1980s, tennis star Billie Jean King was outed, and Martina Navratilova also came out as a lesbian.
As a small number of high-profile athletes followed suit in years to come, Gene Smith, the athletic director at Ohio State University, says he and others began to notice a shift in momentum on college campuses by the mid-1990s. More young athletes were feeling empowered to be open about their sexuality, he says, and the trend has only grown.
''I think it was easier on certain teams, and it kind of evolved over time,'' says Smith, who was the athletic director at Eastern Michigan University and Iowa State University before going to Ohio State.
For some, like Holly Peterson, an athlete who grew up outside Sacramento, Calif., coming out happened even earlier in life. She made the decision to tell her family and friends that she's a lesbian 14 years ago, when she was a sophomore in high school.
''I was ready,'' says Peterson, who's now 29. ''I needed to tell someone.''
Her team and coach responded well, she says, though her parents removed her from her traveling basketball team and, instead, used the money they'd spent on that for therapy.
Eventually, though, her parents came to terms with her sexual orientation - and she went on to play college basketball at the University of California, Riverside, where she also lived her life openly.
While there, she recalls speaking on a panel with other gay and lesbian athletes - and how other women athletes on her campus told her that she'd given them the courage to come out, too.
''That was huge for me,'' says Peterson, who now plays women's professional tackle football. ''That was really the first step in my looking at myself as a role model and someone who could make a difference.''
Several campuses - among them Princeton, the University of Michigan and the University of California, Berkeley - now have groups for gay and lesbian athletes.
There are groups, too, for straight allies, including Athlete Ally, an organization for straight athletes who publicly back their lesbian and gay peers.
The website for another organization, the You Can Play Project, includes videos of support from athletic directors, coaches and athletes from colleges and universities across the country.
''If you can play, you can play,'' is the tagline repeated over and over in those videos.
If you come out, you also might get an endorsement deal.
Just days after Brittney Griner came out as a lesbian, sportswear company Nike Inc. announced a deal with Griner, the WNBA's No. 1 draft pick who'll soon graduate from Baylor University.
**Just a side note - IMHO, JC Penny's business profits didn't plummet b/c they embraced SSM...it's b/c their products stink. Otherwise, we would have seen the same results with other corporations that are embracing this very same issue.
Not that it's always easy for gay and lesbian athletes.
Jonathan Jean-Pierre, a member of the rowing team at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, says his teammates have never given him any trouble about being gay.
''But sometimes I still feel like I have to work twice as hard to prove myself,'' says the 19-year-old athlete, who plans to discuss these and other issues as a participant of a summit for gay and lesbian athletes that Nike will host next month for the athletes, coaches and college athletic directors.
While more gay and lesbian athletes are coming out, Smith at Ohio State also notes that his school remains among those where a gay athlete has yet to come out on the football, men's basketball, hockey or wrestling teams.
That, he and others say, is where pro athletes like Collins may have particular influence, especially if Collins, who is a free agent, signs with a team next season.
''There are certainly other closeted athletes who are looking to Jason Collins to see what will happen with him,'' says Hudson Taylor, a former collegiate wrestler who, as a straight supporter of his gay and lesbian peers, founded Athlete Ally.
Either way, many - including skater Johnny Weir, who announced he was gay after the last winter Olympics - expect that Collins' revelation will have a positive impact on young gay and lesbian athletes, partly because so many people are aware of it.
''I'm envious of it,'' the 28-year-old Weir says, because there wasn't ''as much craze'' when he came out. ''But I do really respect it.''
Smith at Ohio State says he, too, has great respect for the athletes at his school who continue to come out. He recalls, for instance, how a member of the university's track team named Derrick Anderson recently announced that he's gay at a school forum.
That said, he hopes that, one day, coming out in such a public way won't be necessary - that gay and straight athletes and other students can simply coexist.
''That's a long ways away,'' Smith says. ''But I think we're making good progress.''
OK, both Butler and the news media seem to be making a *big secret* over the NAME of the CHURCH that shunned him after he tweeted support for Collins. And in addition, this "church" paid him $8500 to speak there? Shouldn't Butler know that b/c he's freely received, he should freely give?
"test the spirits..."
LeRoy Butler says church shunned him after Jason Collins tweet
Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler says a church he was scheduled to speak at canceled his appearance after Butler sent out a tweet in support of Jason Collins, the NBA player who said earlier this week that he was gay.
According to Butler, not long after sending the following tweet: "Congrats to Jason Collins", Butler got a call from a member of the church and was told the church would cancel his presentation unless he removed the tweet, apologized and asked for God's forgiveness.
"This is what bothers me the most. They said, 'If you ask for forgiveness and remove the tweet and you say something to the effect that you don't congratulate Collins, then we'll let you do the engagement and get the speaker's fee, and I said I'm not doing that," Butler told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Wednesday.
"Every gay and lesbian person will say, 'You know, LeRoy doesn't speak up for the weak or the silenced. He doesn't stand for anything as a man and he did it for money.' Why would you ask me to reduce my integrity like that?"
Butler, who refused to name the church other than to say it is in Wisconsin, said he was to be paid $8,500 to give an anti-bullying talk.
When he pointed out the church's attempt to force him to back down was an example of the kind of treatment he had planned to talk about at the church, the church official said, "He disagreed, and I said, 'We agree to disagree,' and he said, 'No, I'm right and you're wrong.' "
Collins to headline LGBT event
The Democratic National Committee says NBA veteran Jason Collins will headline its annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender gala.
Last week, Collins became the first active player in any of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. President Barack Obama called the 34-year-old athlete the same day to congratulate him and tell him he was proud of his courage.
The DNC says first lady Michelle Obama will also attend the May 29 fundraiser in New York. Tickets start at $1,250 per person and go up to $32,400 per couple to chair the event.
The DNC included a call to legalize same-sex marriage in the party's convention platform last year.
Collins has played for six teams in 12 seasons and is now a free agent.
And he waits until NOW to say it was no problem all along?
Charles Barkley: ‘I played with gay players’
Jason Collins became the first openly homosexual athlete in major American team sports when he wrote an account in Sports Illustrated describing his experiences as a gay player in the NBA. The 12-year-veteran contacted the magazine because he wanted to use their forum as the platform to tell the world his story.
On April 29th, Dan Patrick broke the story of Collins coming out, and it immediately rose to the top of the sports news cycle.
The response to Collins’ decision has been overwhelmingly positive, but the concept of playing with a gay player is still a major talking point across the world of sports. Former NBA star Charles Barkley joined The Dan Patrick Show and talked about Collins’ decision to come out, telling Patrick about his experiences with gay players in the locker room.
During the interview, Barkley stated that everyone who has played in the NBA has had a gay teammate at some point.
Video of interview inside link
College hoops player comes out as gay
Jallen (JAY-lin) Messersmith of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., has come out and is believed to be the first openly gay player in U.S. men's college basketball.
Messersmith told The Associated Press on Wednesday he revealed his sexual orientation to teammates at the NAIA school before last season and approached Outsports.com about telling his story. Outsports.com is a website that covers gay issues in sports.
Messersmith said he's received nothing but positive feedback since the story was posted on Tuesday. He said he wanted to come out with the hope it helps other athletes feel comfortable about who they are.
He said he decided to come out long before Jason Collins became the first active NBA player to announce he's gay.
With the current scandal in Miami, and then reading this, looks like pro sports is more and more pushing the sodomy agenda pretty craftily. There's been stories this year about an NFL player "coming out of the closet" for the first time. Again, every time I see these articles, it's pretty obvious they have an agenda to push this...
Donovan McNabb responds to Shawn Andrews’ allegations of bullying
Earlier this week, former Philadelphia Eagle Shawn Andrews came forward with a story of how he suffered severe criticism and ostracism during his playing days, with star quarterback Donovan McNabb as the ringleader. And now, McNabb is firing back.
In a long interview with Sync Weekly, Andrews had painted the mid-2000s Eagles locker room as a den of two-faced backstabbers, players who would be all-team in public, me-first in private. Churchgoing family-man types in the public eye, backroom gentlemen's-club rollers on the road, that kind of thing. Andrews saved particular criticism for McNabb:
“He was the type of person that had everything in the world he could want, but that still wasn’t enough. He wanted the attention on him. There was a whole lot of that behavior. He wasn’t just that way with me. I’m thinking, ‘Every day I strap on my shoulder pads and helmet, I’m here to protect you ... He was a big part of it — he was a big part of my issues there. Bully is a strong word, but he was degrading to me and spread rumors. It’s bothered me that I haven’t really spoken about it.”
Andrews, who is married with a child, said players spread rumors about his sexual orientation around the locker room and to other teams. After the 2007 season, he was treated for depression and missed much of the 2008 preseason. When he spoke to the locker room about his struggles with depression, Andrews claims that McNabb rolled his eyes through the entire speech. Two years later, after a series of injuries, the Eagles released Andrews.
This looks like a FAKE sodomite story...
Fmr. Viking Kluwe: ‘I Was Fired By Mike Priefer, A Bigot’
The Minnesota Vikings are vowing to thoroughly review allegations brought by former punter Chris Kluwe.
In an open letter published Thursday on Deadspin, Kluwe wrote that his outspoken support of same-sex marriage cost him his job.
Kluwe alleges that during the 2012 season, head coach Leslie Frazier urged him to stop speaking out on the issue, but Kluwe said special teams coordinator Mike Priefer became downright hostile.
Kluwe wrote, “Mike Priefer, in one of the meanest voices I can ever recall hearing, said: ‘We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.’”
RELATED: Mike Max interviews Chris Kluwe.
Kluwe created a national platform for the gay rights cause, appearing on shows like Ellen and the Colbert Report. His advocacy was noteworthy because it was so unexpected.
“You’re in the most hyper-masculine sport in the world,” Stephen Colbert said in a 2012 interview.
LINK: Read the entire Deadspin article here.
Kluwe spoke out openly and frequently about equality for gays and lesbians, and he would say that the Vikings had no problem with it.
“The organization has been very supportive about my right to make my views known,” Kluwe said in a 2012 interview with WCCO.
But now, in an online article titled “I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot,” Kluwe refers to Frazier and Vikings GM Rick Spielman as cowards and Priefer a bigot.
Kluwe wrote that Priefer became increasingly hostile toward him, telling him he would “burn in hell with the gays.”
He said Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, on the other hand, shook Kluwe’s hand and encouraged him to speak out, but Spielman, Frazier and Priefer teamed up to get rid of him.
On late Thursday afternoon, Priefer released this statement:
“I vehemently deny today’s allegations made by Chris Kluwe.
I want to be clear that I do not tolerate discrimination of any type and am respectful of all individuals. I personally have gay family members who I love and support just as I do any family member.
The primary reason I entered coaching was to affect people in a positive way. As a coach, I have always created an accepting environment for my players, including Chris, and have looked to support them both on and off the field.
The comments today have not only attacked my character and insulted my professionalism, but they have also impacted my family. While my career focus is to be a great professional football coach, my number one priority has always been to be a protective husband and father to my wife and children.
I will continue to work hard for the Minnesota Vikings, the Wilf family and all of our loyal fans.”
The Vikings also released a statement, saying this is the first time they’ve heard these allegations, and they’ll review the matter thoroughly.
They say the team does not tolerate discrimination and that “any notion that Chris was released from our football team due to his stance on marriage equality is entirely inaccurate and inconsistent with team policy.”
D-III kicker becomes first active player to publicly come out
Conner Mertens, a redshirt freshman kicker at D-III Willamette University in Oregon, did something on Monday night that no college football player on any level had ever done before.
He came out, while still an active player. First to his coach, then to his team, and now Conner Mertens is coming out publicly.
“I'm bisexual,” Mertens told head coach Glen Fowles via Outsports.com, who informed his young kicker prior to his message that all the coach cared about was his kicker's accuracy. His off the field actions wouldn't affect his playing time, Fowles told Mertens. In fact, when Mertens asked for the meeting, Fowles and Willamette's special teams coordinator had thought he was transferring.
Missouri DL and NFL hopeful: 'I am an openly, proud gay man'
Former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam says he is gay in interviews with both The New York Times and ESPN's "Outside the Lines," meaning that if he is drafted in May, Sam could become the first publicly gay player in NFL history.
The 6-foot-2, 260-pound senior says his teammates and coaches have known since August.
"I understand how big this is," he told ESPN. "It's a big deal. No one has done this before. And it's kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be ... I want to be a football player in the NFL."
Sam, 24, is coming off a stellar season, in which he was a first-team all-American and an SEC co-defensive player of the year.
"I didn't realize how many people actually knew, and I was afraid that someone would tell or leak something out about me," he said. "I want to own my truth. ... No one else should tell my story but me."
MORE TO COME.
First lady to Michael Sam: 'We couldn't be prouder of your courage'
Missouri defensive lineman and NFL hopeful Michael Sam has been receiving an outpouring of supportive messages from the sporting world since coming out Sunday as an "openly, proud gay man."
But its not just athletes and sporting figures who are weighing in. Early Monday morning, Sam got an encouraging tweet from the White House, courtesy of first lady Michelle Obama:
|You're an inspiration to all of us, @MikeSamFootball. We couldn't be prouder of your courage both on and off the field. -mo |
Michael Sam's dad 'proud of him,' aunt says 'he's making history'
LA MARQUE, Texas -- Michael Sam, Sr.’s birthday was last Tuesday, which is when his son, Michael, Jr., gave him the biggest surprise of his life.
Michael, Jr. told his father he was gay.
”I was shocked,” Michael, Sr., said. “I’m proud of him. He’s my son.”
The rest of the family, for the most part, found out about the same time the rest of the world did. Sunday night, Michael Sr.’s sister, Geraldine, started getting a bunch of phone calls. People were telling her to turn on ESPN. She didn’t know what was going on. Then the New York Times called. Her nephew, Michael, SEC co-defensive player of the year, was about to become the first openly gay player in NFL history.
”I don’t think anyone in my family knew,” she said. “He’s made history. He really has made history and I’m really proud of him.”
Something in the Sam blood, maybe. Geraldine was the first African-American female mayor in Galveston County when in 2009 she was elected a mayor of La Marque, Texas, in a last-minute upset. Turned out Geraldine, a Republican, was popular with the senior citizens, whose ballots came in at the end that year.
La Marque is a town of 14,509 about 50 miles south of Houston. It exists because of the oil industry, but not much of the wealth generated from that has washed up in La Marque, or its adjacent kid brother, Hitchcock (pop. 6,961), where Michael Sam starred at Hitchcock High School before going to Missouri. Both towns are less than 60 percent white and more than 30 percent black, which gives the area almost three times as many African-Americans per capita as the state as a whole.
That diversity hasn’t resulted in harmony. When Geraldine was elected mayor, somebody called the police station to say they planned to kill her. That brought the FBI in town. She’s heard the N-word plenty. Monday, La Marque terminated a fire department captain after he posted an image of Barack Obama with a noose around his neck on his Facebook page.
For Michael Sam, the world has been a place of chaos and heartbreak. His parents have divorced each other twice. His sister drowned at 2 years old reaching for a doll near a pool. One of his brothers was shot to death, two of his brothers are in prison and one of his brothers disappeared one day.
”They never did find him,” Geraldine said. “I just don’t think they looked for him like they do everyone else. With young black children, they always say they ran away.”
But Michael kept his head. At Hitchcock High, he was a two-star recruit, which if you know anything about recruiting tells you what the scouting services thought of him. A five-star is the best. They don’t even give out single stars.
But Missouri found him, and he turned into a first-team All-American, leading a supposedly under-talented Tigers team to a 12-2 record in Missouri’s second season in the Southeastern Conference. Last summer, Sam told his Tiger teammates about his sexuality and, remarkably, that news more or less stayed in-house.
“Can you imagine the trust and the family atmosphere?” Geraldine said. “For them to keep his secret?”
As NFL Draft season starts to boil, every prospect’s personal life gets ransacked by scouts looking for dirty secrets. The rumors were starting to go around and, Geraldine said, it prompted her nephew to take control of his own story by just coming out with it.
Geraldine says she’d like to think her own experience as a mayor provided her nephew with some of the courage it took to do what he did, but she doesn’t know that. She is pretty sure, however, there’s a toughness in the Sam blood.
”That’s the Sam side of the family,” she said. “I’d like to take a little bit of credit for it.”
She says the Sams are prepared for some backlash. Not everybody will be supportive. But Geraldine figures it’s nothing they can’t handle.
“We’re prepared for those differences of opinion,” she said. “I tell people all the time, if anyone has anything to say negative about him, come see me. I have a word for you. That’s my nephew and I do have his back.”
Dale Hanson has been a local sports reporter on one of the local channels since I was last in North Texas in the 80's - and he's never been popular outside of the North Texas region(despite his big popularity within the region). To boot - he's never had Twitter, Facebook, nor any other social media account. And the rhetoric he put out in one of his recent segments was really "nothing new under the sun". But somehow, he became an overnight YT "sensation", and likewise so around the country(to the point where all of the national media people like Ellen and Piers Morgan gave him attention).
Pt being that all of this is by design, and going according to script.
WFAA-TV's Dale Hansen shocked, stunned Michael Sam commentary went viral
Dale Hansen doesn’t spend his time on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Email, he says, is his closest link to social media, though a seldom-updated Twitter account has his name on it. He says he doesn’t understand what “going viral” means.
“I’m assuming it’s a good thing,” Hansen said over the phone Thursday afternoon from Los Angeles.
In Hansen’s case, it has proved a very good thing.
On Monday’s 10 p.m. newscast, the longtime WFAA-TV (Channel sports anchor offered up a 428-word commentary in support of Michael Sam, the former University of Missouri defensive end who, in a prelude to the NFL draft, on Sunday declared to various national media outlets that he is gay.
It took Hansen two minutes and 15 seconds to deliver.
By 5 p.m. Thursday, Hansen’s “Unplugged” segment had 2.34 million views on YouTube and was front page on a slew of websites. Even conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was talking Hansen.
“I think Mr. Hansen has some decent points,” said Limbaugh, despite insisting he didn’t see what all the fuss was about.
By his own count, Hansen received more than 1,000 emails from across the country and around the world. He even had 14 telephone messages, “and nobody leaves those for me anymore,” he said.
Hansen was in Los Angeles for a taping of Ellen DeGeneres’ television show, scheduled for broadcast on Friday. Piers Morgan called to ask Hansen to be on his CNN show. When that couldn’t be arranged for Thursday night, CNN tried to book Hansen for Saturday. National Public Radio also wants him.
On MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell declared Hansen the nation’s “sportscaster of the year.”
Hansen said he has heard from newspapers around the country and Canada. A Canadian radio network and a television station in Great Britain also have expressed interest.
“I’m shocked, I’m stunned,” said Hansen, who doesn’t blush easily.
Hansen said he first mulled about commenting on Sam, after reading that several NFL “sources” said his declaration would hurt him in the May draft. That was Sunday night.
He thought about it Monday, and soon after he arrived at work at 2 p.m., he began writing a script. Twenty minutes later, he called his producer, Sean Hamilton, in for a reading.
It aired in the usual sports segment near the end of the broadcast. It opened slowly.
“Michael Sam would be the first openly gay player in the NFL. [He] says he knows there will be problems … and they’ve already started,” Hansen told viewers.
“Several NFL officials are telling Sports Illustrated it will hurt him on draft day because a gay player wouldn’t be welcome in an NFL locker room. It would be uncomfortable, because that’s a man’s world.”
Then came the Hansen hammer.
“You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs, pulling her hair out by the roots? You’re the fourth guy taken in the NFL draft.
“You kill people while driving drunk? That guy’s welcome.
“Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they’re welcome.
“Players accused of rape and pay the woman to go away?
“You lie to police trying to cover up a murder?
“We’re comfortable with that.
“You love another man? Well, now you’ve gone too far!
**Typical Hegelian Dialectic talk - saying how we should endorse this evil b/c other evils are overlooked...
“It wasn’t that long ago when we were being told that black players couldn’t play in ‘our’ games because it would be ‘uncomfortable.’”
And on it went.
Hansen said he has read about 600 of his emails on the subject and could count only 25 negative ones.
He said he believes some of the interest in his commentary may have come from people who were expecting a different viewpoint.
“They see a big, fat old guy from Dallas, Texas, and they thought they knew what the redneck was going to say,” he said. “I guess they were wrong.”
Hansen, 65, said never before has anything he delivered received anywhere near the attention. He has been a TV regular in Dallas-Fort Worth since 1980. The “Unplugged” segments date back two decades. They aren’t scheduled. They simply come when the mood strikes.
Hansen said the closest anything has come to the reaction to his Sam commentary was a 2011 “Unplugged” on child sexual abuse at Penn State and his subsequent revelation that he, too, had been abused.
“But this has gone far beyond that,” Hansen said. “Way beyond.”
Chris Kluwe's lawyer threatens to sue Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe intends to sue the team over allegations of anti-gay conduct by a coach, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Lawyer Clayton Halunen said they'll seek a copy of the Vikings' internal investigation and make it public if they can. They accused the Vikings of reneging on a pledge to release the report, which they believe corroborates Kluwe's claims.
The Vikings hired two outside lawyers to examine Kluwe's claims that special teams coordinator Mike Priefer used slurs and taunts to try to quash Kluwe's outspoken support for gay marriage. Priefer denied the allegations. Kluwe was cut in May 2013 after eight seasons with the Vikings.
Kluwe said keeping the report private won't help prevent workplace discrimination. The investigation was conducted by former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson and former U.S. Justice Department trial attorney Chris Madel.
''I think it's just important that everyone is able to see what's there,'' he said. ''Yeah, it'll probably hurt. These things always do. But the only way we're ever going to fix it is if we acknowledge that.''
The Vikings issued a statement denying they told Halunen during a meeting Monday that they won't release the report. The team said both sides will meet again Thursday to discuss ''issues relating to the investigation.''
Halunen said they'd still like to resolve the dispute out of court.
Will Michael Sam secure a spot on the Rams roster?
Michael Sam is currently listed as a third-string DE and will attempt to claim one of the 53 spots on the Rams roster. He also has one of the top-selling jerseys this year, meaning the Rams could face business pressure to offer him a spot.
Arizona State offensive lineman Chip Sarafin tells magazine he's gay
Arizona State University football player Edward "Chip" Sarafin has come out as gay, according to Compete Magazine.
In the magazine's August issue, the offensive linebacker said he told his teammates last spring.
"It was really personal to me, and it benefited my peace of mind greatly," he said.
Serafin told Compete, he told his teammates mostly for himself and because he wanted them to hear it from him instead of the college rumor mill.
Serafin's admission comes on the heels of St. Louis Rams' linebacker Michael Sam who came out publicly after the end of his college career at Missouri.
Sun Devil Vice President of Athletics Ray Anderson and Head Coach Todd Graham have come out in support of Serafin.
In a statement on the ASU website, Anderson said, "The entire athletics department is extremely proud of Chip and is unequivocally supportive of him."
Graham went on to say, "We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual's commitment to the Sun Devil Way."
In addition to playing football, Sarafin is a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering.
Chip Sarafin among 5 walk-ons put on scholarship by ASU
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State on Wednesday gave five walk-ons the signing day they never had, putting them on full scholarships.
Redshirt junior safety Jordan Simone, redshirt sophomore receiver Fred Gammage, redshirt senior offensive lineman Chip Sarafin, redshirt junior linebacker Jason Franklin and redshirt freshman linebacker Brandon Mathews all received scholarships in a ceremony in front of the whole team.
Sarafin, in his fifth year at ASU, made national headlines last week when he came out as gay, becoming Division I football's first active openly gay player. Sarafin was the team's only fifth-year walk-on.
Sarafin admits he had days toiling on the scout team where he wasn't sure it was worth it anymore but always remembered the commitment he made.
"When I chose to come to ASU, I came here for the long haul," Sarafin said. "It wasn't a question of getting a scholarship or not. Obviously that was a goal I had, but in the long run I was devoted to the program, and I was going to stay here until my time was up or until somebody dragged me away."
Coach Todd Graham tweeted out a photo of the five signing their scholarship offers.
"We talked to our guys about investment," Graham said Wednesday night. "What's interesting is most walk-ons quit after six months. Then there's the next group that quits after three years. I don't know if they run out of money or what. But the guys that have stayed on my team -- I don't think we've ever had any stay their entire career that haven't earned a scholarship."
At a team meeting Wednesday afternoon, a few players began to realize something was up because cameras were in the room to capture their reaction.
"I was like 'This is weird, are they unveiling a new uniform again or something?'" Simone said. "Then coach comes up and starts talking about guys with character and guys that work hard every day and didn't get a chance in high school to get a scholarship, and I start thinking 'Uhhhh.' My heart starts beating. Then he goes 'Jordan Simone, you're getting a scholarship today.'
"I broke down. It's been such a long journey."
Graham said he was most taken Wednesday by the genuinely excited reaction of the rest of the team to the players being put on scholarship.
"Every one of the guys I gave a scholarship to obviously was very emotional and thanked me, but I got more from all the other players saying 'Hey coach, thanks, that meant a lot to our team, those guys really deserve that,'" Graham said.
Simone, who had been competing to start and will likely see playing time at bandit safety this season, originally walked on at Washington State. After a coaching change there, he left the school and followed current ASU safeties coach Chris Ball to Tempe.
"It still hasn't even hit me that I'm on scholarship," Simone said. "I guess it will hit me when I go pick up a check with Mike (Bercovici) and D.J. (Foster) and Ellis (Jefferson) and those guys. I usually just drop them off and they go in and get theirs while I'm sitting in my car."
Simone's father, Ron, also walked on as a wide receiver at ASU in 1983 and earned a scholarship after two seasons.
"When I talked to my dad, he was really happy, and my mom was really happy," Simone said. "The tears were flowing."
Gammage should be a key contributor this season and has earned a place in ASU's rotation of five "starting" receivers behind Jaelen Strong. Mathews and Franklin should contribute on special teams.
Sarafin has yet to get into a game for ASU and has worked on scout team in each of his seasons at ASU. Naturally, it felt good to have all his hard work pay off Wednesday.
"It felt great," Sarfin said. "There are a lot of deserving walk-ons on our team, and for coach Graham to select me I felt very honored and blessed for that."
First Openly Gay NFL Draftee Michael Sam May Not Make the Team
Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay football player to be drafted by an NFL team, has made waves in just three preseason games. But on a surprisingly deep St. Louis roster, Sam's spot is hardly guaranteed.
For those who are fans of the Missouri standout, as Tyson Langland points out, there has been a lot to celebrate:
Heading into the preseason finale, Sam has tallied three quarterback sacks, four quarterback hits and five combined tackles. Even though those numbers have come against second- and third-string offensive linemen, they are impressive nonetheless.
On Saturday, Sam not only had two sacks against the Cleveland Browns much ballyhooed first-round pick Johnny Manziel, but Sam also suavely incorporated Johnny Football's "money" sign into his celebration.
But as NFL teams prepare to make major roster cuts as the season draws nigh, the scope of Sam's history-making may be limited for now. As the Daily News reports, the Rams happen to have a surplus of talent at Sam's position:
“He’s no different than any other late-round pick or college free agent that we have. He’s just trying to make this team,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said in his office the other day. “We have a reality that we can only keep so many players at that position. Is he better than that fourth or fifth defensive end? Right now, I can’t answer that.”
With teams cutting their rosters from 90 players to 75 on Tuesday and selecting their final 53 players this weekend, Sam has tried to present himself not only as a defensive presence, but also a factotum of sorts. In addition to defensive line, Sam has played a few kickoffs for the Rams special teams squad, a rarity for a defensive end.
While Sam is quite naturally a sentimental favorite for many, it would undermine the meaning of his barrier-breaking were he to be chosen for the team because of his biography rather than regardless of it. Nevertheless, should Sam not ultimately make the roster, it does seems likely that he will find a place on a practice squad somewhere.
The Dallas Cowboys sign Michael Sam
Jerry Jones: Michael Sam ‘Is Not Ready To Go At All’
IRVING, Texas (CBS St. Louis/AP) — Michael Sam waded through a crowd of reporters and was settling in front of yet another bank of cameras when someone asked if this was what it was like in St. Louis.
“The heat?” Sam said, drawing laughter from two dozen or so people surrounding him as he stood in front of a large Dallas Cowboys star on a wall just outside the locker room.
No, the latest version of the circus after the league’s first openly gay player signed to the practice squad of America’s Team. He’s unlikely to get into the opener Sunday against San Francisco and might still face long odds of joining an active roster anytime soon.
But Sam got his second chance to make it in the NFL four days after the Rams released the seventh-round pick when they had to cut the roster to 53 players.
“You guys follow me around like hawks,” Sam said after going through his first late-morning workout with the Cowboys. “I’ve been tired of it since February. I expected it.”
The Cowboys, who are seeking help with their pass rush because of injuries and the offseason release of franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware, expected it, too. Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten said coach Jason Garrett addressed the signing with the team.
“I think he does it as good as anybody I’ve ever been around, of addressing issues and moving forward and putting our focus on what it needs to be and that’s a good 49ers football team,” Witten said.
Garrett said the move was “about football” and deflected any questions about the impact of bringing in Sam or how it might affect the locker room.
“That’s your decision what question you want to ask,” Garrett told a larger-than-usual crowd at his daily news conference. “We’re focused on football. That’s where our attention is, and what people say outside this organization is really up to them.”
Owner Jerry Jones said Rams coach Jeff Fisher spoke highly of how Sam fit in with his teammates there.
“He was exemplary,” said Jones, speaking at a Texas Lottery news conference in Austin. “He’s relentless as a worker. He’s relentless as a pass rusher. He is going to have to make up for a little speed. He’s going to have to make up for size, but how many times have we seen that? That’s what makes football.
“We are looking for pressure players and that’s his position,” Jones said of Sam. “We hope that he can refine his skills. He’s not ready to go at all but can he come in and learn?”
If the answer is yes, his teammates are ready to support him.
“It’s not a big deal,” running back DeMarco Murray said. “If he’s here to help us win, treat him like any other guy. Doesn’t matter.”
Wide receiver Dez Bryant told The Dallas Morning News that Sam deserves respect.
“He deserves respect,” Bryant told The Morning News. “I don’t judge a book by its cover. He’s a football player. I don’t look at him no different. I expect that from everybody else in the locker room. It is what it is. We’re going to go play football.”
Bryant continued: “I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. We’re going to focus on football. Whatever he needs, we’re going to be there.”
Sam went through stretching and individual drills with his fellow defensive linemen during the brief portion of practice that reporters could watch. Dallas made room for him on the 10-player practice squad by releasing rookie linebacker Will Smith.
when I read this, these bible verses came to mind...
Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson Indicted on Child Abuse Charge
He won't play in Sunday's game against the Patriots, the Vikings said.
An arrest warrant was issued Friday in Texas for Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson after he was indicted on a child abuse charge for using a branch to spank his son. He won't play in Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.
The Vikings said they had deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game Friday evening, just after his lawyer and the Montgomery County sheriff's office confirmed he was charged with injury to a child.
Peterson's lawyer Rusty Hardin said his client had not meant to hurt the boy, whose age was not disclosed, and had cooperated with authorities.
"Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas," Hardin said.
A warrant was issued for Peterson's arrest Friday afternoon, a day after a grand jury indicted him, a Montgomery County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.
The Vikings acknowledged Peterson's "legal situation" in a statement but did not otherwise comment immediately, instead deferring to Peterson's lawyer.
The allegations came during a week in which the NFL has been under heavy criticism and scrutiny for the way it handled a domestic violence case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then-fiancee.
An independent investigation headed by former FBI director Robert Mueller has been convened to look into the handling of the Rice situation. Commissioner Roger Goodell initially suspended Rice for just two games. After a longer version of security video surfaced on Monday revealing Rice's punch to the face of his now-wife, the Ravens released Rice and the league suspended him indefinitely.
Peterson is in his eighth season, all of them with the Vikings. Widely considered the best running back in the league, he has rushed for 10,190 yards and 86 touchdowns in his career. Peterson did not practice on Thursday because of what coach Mike Zimmer called a "veteran day," allowing experienced players to rest, but Peterson was at the team facility that day and spoke to reporters about the upcoming game against the Patriots.
He returned to practice on Friday and was in the locker room following the workout with the rest of his teammates for lunch. Shortly thereafter, Peterson posted a message on his Twitter account that said in part: "It's your season! Weapons may form but won't prosper! God has you covered don't stress or worry!"
Last season, not long after finding out that he had a 2-year-old son living in South Dakota, Peterson rushed to the hospital after the boy was brutally beaten by his mother's boyfriend. The boy died, and a 28-year-old man is scheduled to go on trial next month on second-degree murder charges in the case.
Peterson is a native of Palestine, Texas, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.
Just looking at the bigger picture of things - look at these public schools - if you misbehave, they don't give you the paddle anymore, but a pill instead. And there's been a war against parents spanking their kids in recent years too.
Posted by BornAgain2 - I moved it here.
Warrant issued for arrest of Vikings' Adrian Peterson after indictment alleging injury to child
September 13, 2014
3 in 10 NFL Ex-Players Face Alzheimer's, Dementia
I wondered why RUSH Limbaugh says football is on the way out.
His reasons differ from mine of course.
Once football accepts SIN as ok, it curses itself.
Queer is SIN.
Ever since free agency in the early 90's, NFL contracts have exploded.
Pt being that if you put your focus on earthly material wealth, there are going to be consequences.
No, I'm not saying Christians shouldn't work and be lazy(2nd Thes 3:10 commands otherwise) - but to focus on something that will be burned up when Jesus Christ makes his 2nd Coming is fruitless.
2Corinthians 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
2Co 6:5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
2Co 6:6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
2Co 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
2Co 6:8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
2Co 6:9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;
2Co 6:10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
Every time I read these articles, I think about the Genesis 19 passage where sodomites just surrounded Lot's home in anger and started threatening him...until angels from God rescued him.
The NWO establishment is using many subtle and crafty ways to get everyone to accept the sodomy agenda.(and this is one of them)
Michael Sam making progress at Cowboys' practice
IRVING, Texas -- Michael Sam has mostly kept to himself in the Dallas Cowboys' Valley Ranch locker room when the media has been around. The 24-year-old defensive end will occasionally make small talk with reporters but he hasn't taken questions since a five-minute introductory interview outside the locker room on Sept. 3.
Sam is a practice squad player, so it makes sense that he's not sitting at his locker constantly answering questions about how the Cowboys stack up with the San Francisco 49ers or Tennessee Titans.
Since reporters are only allowed to watch the first 30 minutes of practice, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was asked Thursday how the seventh-round pick has looked?
"He's done some good things," Marinelli said. "The only thing he really gets is some of our individual periods and then he gets some one-on-one rushes on Wednesday, and I think he's gotten a little bit better.
"But it's tougher for a practice squad guy because these other guys here, they're pounding with all week long in terms of fundamentals and game-planning and those things. So it's a little tougher, but he's got movement. I like his quickness and his instincts. He's got really good work habits, so just keep working to develop him."
Cowboys right defensive end Jeremy Mincey was in a similar situation after he was drafted in 2006. Mincey, a sixth-round pick by New England, was on the Patriots' practice squad before he was signed by San Francisco. Mincey never played in a game during the 2006 season.
The following year he played in six games for Jacksonville.
"He's doing a good job," Mincey said of Sam on Thursday. "He works hard. He does what you ask of him and that's all you can do in this league."
Has Sam showed flashes of the SEC co-defensive player of the year he was last season at Missouri?
"He has," Mincey said. "He's won a lot of rushes. He's doing a good job. He's got a lot to learn and that comes with experience. I was just like him, a young guy on the practice squad, so it's a good developmental phase for him to get better."
Genesis 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
Gen 19:2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
Gen 19:3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
Gen 19:4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:
Gen 19:5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
Gen 19:6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
Gen 19:7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
Gen 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
Gen 19:9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.
Gen 19:10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.
Gen 19:11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
Gen 19:12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:
Gen 19:13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.
Make no mistake - the so-called "religious right" had every bit pushing the sodomy agenda as has the pro-sodomy lobby - pt being that the more they intensified the Hegelian Dialectic game with this, the more they wore everyone out and ultimately disensithized everyone. Remember the 2005 sodomite "Brokeback Mountain", where its biggest success was in these red, "bible belt" states? And another tactic they use is after they wear out everyone over the long haul, they end up getting them to look the other way(read the article).
Remember When Michael Sam Was Supposed To Be A Distraction For The Dallas Cowboys?
The great distraction that was supposed to come to Dallas with Michael Sam has all but vanished as the NFL is swamped with bad news.
**Make no mistake too - not that we should ignore violence against women, but the whole "violence against women" agenda has been pushed by the feminists - and look how it has gotten front and center on the national stage now with the NFL playing its role. And now this flurry of news of domestic violence by NFL players has all but drowned out the NFL's pushing of the sodomy agenda.
As any long time reader here at BTB knows, I am loathe to point out when the esteemed members of the media who cover and comment on the Dallas Cowboys are totally, completely, ridiculously wrong. But it is hard to not notice that they were a teensy bit off on the dire predictions they made about a certain player signed to the Cowboys' practice squad.
Boy that Michael Sam has been a huge distraction in the NFL eh?
— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 17, 2014
Remember Michael Sam? He was briefly the hottest story in the NFL as the first openly gay player to be drafted. After he failed to make the roster or be signed to the practice squad with the St. Louis Rams, the Cowboys' next opponent, there was some hand wringing about him being out of the league before Jerry Jones and his staff decided to bring him to join the Dallas practice squad. The team downplayed it, but the move made sense for a franchise looking for talent at rushing from the edge.
Maybe the Sam story would continue to attract attention in a normal year, but this is not a normal season for the NFL. [b]Shortly after Sam arrived in Dallas, the sky fell in on the league. The full video of the Ray Rice assault on his then-fiance broke. Combined with the Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald situations, the NFL found itself engulfed in a firestorm of criticism following the incoherent and inconsistent way things were handled by the teams and the league. Then the Adrian Peterson child abuse indictment crashed in on top of that. With the foolish attempts by teams to find ways to get these players back on the field despite the tidal wave of negative coverage and growing public opinion that they should not be seen playing on national TV, at least until these issues are resolved legally, almost no one seems to be paying attention to the Sam story.[/b]
**Yes, and all of this was scripted and by design - look at the TIMING of these stories that broke(in particular, the Ray Rice one) - which was around the time when ISIS, ebola, etc was forcing the MSM's hand to do alot of reporting on them, until they were able to put them on the backburner. Nonetheless - looks like the NFL has done one crafty job at pushing the sodomy agenda with the whole Michael Sam hoopla(now they've gotten everyone to look the other way).
All the predictions about the huge distraction Sam would be in the harsh media glare seem quaint now. (Think for a moment: Were you even sure he was still with the team?) The Sam story seems totally insignificant when compared with professional athletes that brutally render the woman they supposedly love unconscious with a blow to the head, or a grown man whipping a child with a piece of a tree and leaving open wounds. The decision to bring Sam to Dallas has turned out be a very smart one, with a lot of benefits for all parties.
**So b/c someone jumps off the Empire State Building, it's OK for us to do the same? Is one sin worse than others, which means our "good works" will ultimately send us to heaven?(which is completely contrary to scripture)
The publicity for the Cowboys has been almost all positive, especially in the media.
According to the limited reports, Sam has been doing well. Said reports consist mostly of a daily question answered by Bryan Broaddus on Twitter, who repeats time after time that the team thinks Sam is doing a good job.
Sam, who was praised by Jeff Fisher, head coach of the Rams, as having NFL caliber talent (just not enough to get onto the admittedly deep D line in St. Louis) gets to work out and train with an NFL staff rather that sit and wait for a call while trying to stay in shape on his own. This greatly increases his chances of being signed by a team in need of a DE or 3-4 OLB.
He gives Dallas a low-cost fallback plan should injury strike, or the team just wants to go with a different option if some of the current defensive ends on the 53 don't pan out. I think a late season call up with the Cowboys is his most likely (although far from certain) path to playing on Sundays. But keep in mind that Kenneth Boatright is also on the practice squad, and may be ahead of Sam in the eyes of the coaches.
Even if Sam does not break through this season, he has the opportunity to convince the coaches to bring him back next season to try again with the Cowboys. Meanwhile, even though it is just with the practice squad, he is getting to make his living as a professional football player. His dream remains very much alive while the Cowboys get what appears to be good value for giving him a shot.
Without all the distractions.
Luke 20:21 And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly:
Luk 20:22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?
Luk 20:23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me?
1Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
1Co 3:20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
The Disappointment of Michael Sam Getting Cut From the Cowboys
Just as when first-ever openly gay NFL player Michael Sam was dropped from the St. Louis Rams in August, today's announcement that he's been cut from the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad is likely to inspire two responses. First: This cut is not about sexuality, this is about the game of football. Second: This cut is absolutely about sexuality. At this point, though, both views seem too simplistic.
Sam has been the victim of several close calls all season long. He was a seventh-round draft pick for the Rams, and as a defensive end, he had to fight for a permanent spot on the team against several others in that same position. He eventually lost out, didn't get picked up on waivers, and was picked up for the Cowboys' practice squad shortly after.
An openly gay player in the NFL was thought impossible, and yet here it was. And now here it isn't.
Now, Sam has been cut to make way for linebacker Troy Davis on the practice squad. That may make perfect sense for the team. That doesn’t mean that people who had emotionally invested in Sam because of what he stood for aren’t entitled to disappointment—no matter what people who understand the decision logically might say. In other words: Calling the Cowboys' or the Rams' decision to cut Sam homophobic might be an overreach. But it's an understandable overreach.
Sam cried on national television when he got the call from the Rams. He kissed his boyfriend. They cried together. He was surrounded by supportive family. It was an image that felt glorious not just because of how happy people were for Sam, but for all that he represented. That kiss was a personal moment. It was a football moment. It was also history. And it's easy to get caught up in history.
Even after Robbie Rogers strode onto the field as a member of the L.A. Galaxy, and Jason Collins found a temporary home with the Nets, Sam's story still was groundbreaking. The NFL is a different league from the rest, if you'll pardon the pun. It is the pinnacle of macho in American culture. It is buffalo wings and Bud Light and big corporate sponsors. It is burly men hitting each other as millions watch and cheer. An openly gay player in the NFL was thought impossible not too long ago. And yet here it was, all over ESPN. And now here it isn't.
For those who are disappointed, the hardest part is often not knowing how to respond to the news. Why can't it just be about homophobia? Why can't there be some easily identified evil here, something that we can make a hashtag campaign about? What is there to change when the answer isn't "no," but "not now"? After all, "now" fits the narrative better. "Now" fits into the moment of acceptance the nation is experiencing as more and more states establish marriage equality. If only Michael Sam was the right fit for the Rams, or for the Cowboys, or for another team. It could have been now, those who are disappointed will sigh. It should have been now.
That's why this can't just be chalked up to "it was the best thing for the team" for many observers. Humans don't work that way. Sam is a lovable hero, and it was easy to cheer him on. The hardest thing to accept isn't that Sam isn't going to be on the national field at some point. Even if it's not him, there will be an openly gay NFL player, and that moment is coming very soon.
But that moment is not now. And it’s okay to be disappointed about that.
Jimmy Graham got tired of being groped by fans
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is one of the most prolific players in the game. When scoring a touchdown at home last week against the San Francisco 49ers, Graham shared his enthusiasm by vaulting into the crowd, Lambeau Leap-style. Unfortunately, those days have apparently come to a quick end, after Graham was groped by a fan, per Mike Triplett of ESPN.
Graham was famous for dunking the ball over the crossbar after touchdowns, but that move was outlawed by the NFL before this season. Leaving him with a bevy of other options including the good-old-fashioned-but-chronically-underrated spike, Graham decided to become one with the fans until a man by the name of Scott McGowan, dressed in the guise of a joker, took things a bit too far.
This goes out as a lesson to all fans everywhere. You can like your team, you can love the players, but you can't go grabbing their backside because of that love.
"I just wanted to go and thank all the fans for being there," Graham said. "But people were trying to thank me a little too much."
The Riskiest Sports for Head Injuries
T-ball, Pee Wee soccer, and hockey — kids’ sports start early and can quickly become a big part of family life. Of course you want to encourage exercise, sportsmanship, and team spirit, but keeping your child safe while he competes should also be a priority. “Concussion rates in sports are the result of a number of factors, including improper technique, ill-fitting equipment, and the amount some kids play, on both a rec team and in a travel league,” explains Elizabeth Pieroth, Psy.D., a neuropsychologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Chicago and the concussion consultant for the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Fire, and White Sox, and Northwestern University.
Before your child signs up for any kind of sport, make sure that the coaches have had concussion safety training and be aware of the symptoms of a concussion yourself: Persistent headache, dizziness, mental fogginess or confusion, and sensitivity to light and sound are some of the more common ones.
Many leagues now provide coaches with concussion training, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers an online course that’s free to everyone. Reassure your child that it’s fine — and even a good idea — to sit out if she’s injured. It’s also important to keep the pressure to play low and repeat the message: “It’s just a game.”
Here’s how each sport stacks up in the head-injury risk category, as well as ways to keep your child from sustaining one:
The risks You might have guessed this would be number one. Football gets plenty of bad press due to its aggressive nature, but it’s still hugely popular. Another issue: A child’s neck isn’t as strong as an adult’s, so a blow to the head from a fall or tackle is difficult to absorb and can send the brain crashing against the skull.
Make it safer Some experts believe kids under 14 shouldn’t play tackle football; instead, flag football can be a safer way to practice the necessary skills and learn the sport. If your child does join a tackle football team, be certain the coach has been certified by Heads Up Football, a program created by USA Football to provide education on safer tackling techniques (keeping the head up, back straight, and leading with the shoulder), concussion management, and proper fitting equipment.
The risks Crashing against the boards, tripping over other players, and zipping around the rink make hockey number two on the sports concussion list for boys. Although fewer girls play ice hockey, concussion rates for those who do are high as well.
Make it safer Fortunately, many youth hockey leagues don’t allow checking — using your body to knock an opponent in possession of the puck to the ice or into the boards — until kids are at least in junior high school. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no checking by players age 15 or younger for good reason: Kids who play in leagues where body checking is permitted are three times more likely to sustain a concussion and other injuries.
Properly sized and properly worn equipment is key in hockey, and the most important piece of gear is, of course, a helmet: It should be approved by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC) and have a full face mask with a chin cup and a securely fastened chin strap. Players should also be taught “Heads up, don’t duck” — when crashing into the boards, another opponent, or the ice itself, they should try to make contact with the shoulders or the buttocks, never the head.
The risks Repeated “heading” of the ball, colliding with fellow players, and crashing into the goalpost can cause concussions in this sport. Girls tend to suffer more of them than do boys who play soccer — in fact, soccer takes the number-one position for rates of concussion in girls — though the reason isn’t exactly clear: It may be that girls’ necks aren’t as strong as boys’ are or that girls are more inclined to report their symptoms.
Make it safer Goalies suffer more injuries than other players do, often resulting from collisions with the posts. Be sure the goals are securely tethered to the ground; ideally, the goal posts should also have four inches of padding. Coaches should teach kids the proper “heading” technique and encourage them to be aware of the other players when attempting this move so they don’t accidentally crash into an opponent or teammate.
The risks Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States, with ever-increasing concussion rates to show for it, especially among high school boys who are permitted to body check in a similar fashion to hockey. The ball is hard, it’s thrown with great velocity, and players can knock into each other at multiple points as they move down the field.
Make it safer Although boys’ lacrosse allows significant contact, unprotected hits have no place in the game. Helmets with full-face guards are mandatory, as are shoulder pads, padded gloves, and mouthpieces. The use of elbow pads and protective genital cups is also recommended.
For girls, who do not wear helmets, coaches, officials, and players must adhere to limited contact. Intentional body contact is not legal and stick checking must be directed away from an opponent’s head and body toward the pocketed end of the stick only. Protective goggles and mouthpieces are mandatory, with lightweight gloves and soft headgear optional.
Matthew 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Mat 19:25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
Mat 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Seahawks' Russell Wilson Suggests God Made Him Throw 4 Interceptions To Set Up Dramatic Comeback
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is raising eyebrows after saying the four interceptions he threw Sunday were arranged by God to set up the team's dramatic comeback.
With Wilson floundering in perhaps his worst NFL performance, the Seahawks trailed Green Bay 19-7 with about four minutes left in the NFC Championship Game. Seattle eventually won, 28-22, in overtime to advance to the Super Bowl after Wilson completed the game-winning touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse. Wilson cried after the victory.
From Monday Morning Quarterback:
I found Wilson afterward, and asked him about the four picks, and going from the worst game of his life to the most exhilarating in the span of eight minutes of game time.
"That's God setting it up, to make it so dramatic, so rewarding, so special," he said, alone for a moment in the locker room before heading out for the night. "I've been through a lot in life, and had some ups and downs. It's what's led me to this day."
**Chapter and verse, please?
Some outlets responded.
"Russell Wilson’s crying isn’t quite as endearing when he is pinning the blame of his failures on God," the Chicago Sun Times' national website wrote.
"Russell Wilson's just out here throwing God under the bus!" Deadspin joked. "If God was actually one of Russell Wilson's teammates, he'd be publicly demanding a trade right now."
NESN was perhaps more understanding: "This might seem outlandish, but there must have been something going on to cause those four interceptions, which were more than half of Wilson’s regular-season total of seven. And the Seahawks, who haven’t lost since Nov. 16, have occasionally seemed to have some help from upstairs."
Wilson has said he found God at age 14 and that his faith helped him mature.
**He "found God"? Uhm...scripture says otherwise about salvation...
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Joh 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Joh 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
PATRIOTS COACH BILL BELICHICK CELEBRATES SUPER BOWL WIN BY KISSING DAUGHTER PASSIONATELY ON MOUTH
WHEN ASKED BY A REPORTER HOW HE WAS GOING TO CELEBRATE THE BIG WIN WITH HIS FAMILY, HE REPLIED: “WE WILL CELEBRATE IT. WE WILL CELEBRATE IT HARD.”
“Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.” 1 Timothy 5:24 (KJV)
The intimate lip-locking photographed between Belichick and his adult daughter, Amanda, drew cries of ‘making out’ and comparisons to actor Woody Allen on Twitter after it was snapped following Sunday night’s victory. New York City etiquette expert Elaine Swann says it’s behavior better left at home.
While the smack now seen ‘round the world has been defended by some online users as a sweet, intimate moment between family, many others have branded it as “super weird,” “aggressive” and “making out.” source
Honestly people, this is just disgusting. No father should express affection between his children like this, it just looks wrong. The bible says to not just avoid evil, but to avoid all “appearance of evil” as well.
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21,22 (KJV)
After Speaking Honestly About His Religious Views, Baseball Player Instructed to Only Talk Sports
Baseball player Daniel Murphy thinks it’s wrong to practice a gay “lifestyle.”
Now he’s no longer allowed to talk about his religious beliefs.
Why is the nation even discussing what Murphy, a second baseman for the New York Mets, thinks about gay and lesbians?
Sports Stadiums Throw Taxpayers for a Loss
Since 1995, Los Angeles has been an anomaly: a huge city with lots of sports fans that has exactly as much professional football as Billings, Montana. This week, Angelenos got a bit of good news: They still aren't getting an NFL franchise.
A corporation called AEG announced Monday that it was giving up on its effort, endorsed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, to build a new football stadium as part of a renovated downtown convention center. So one of the groups vying to induce a team to move from some other city -- St. Louis, Oakland, San Diego -- is out.
This is good news because attracting a team would probably mean piling a burden on local taxpayers to enrich owners who are already wealthy. Local taxpayers would have been on the hook for $350 million in debt to finance the new arena, on top of the $322 million left to be paid on the current convention center. And taxpayers elsewhere would have been effectively sharing the load, because the bonds used to get the money would have been exempt from federal taxes.
But Southern Californians are not free of the threat of having to pay for a professional football team that most of them will never go to see. (When the Rams were still in Los Angeles, before decamping for Missouri, they had the worst attendance in the league.) Inglewood is planning a facility that would house an NFL franchise, and Carson is hoping to build an arena to be shared by two of them, the Chargers and the Raiders.
St. Louis and Missouri have countered by proposing to build the Rams a new stadium, which could involve $350 million in state bonds. You could almost forget that the Edward Jones Dome is just 20 years old and was built, with public help, to lure the team.
University of Chicago economist Allen Sanderson has a better idea: Pay the Rams to keep playing there. "It would be far preferable for the mayor of St. Louis to write a check to the Rams' owner for, say, $100 million and let it go at that, essentially a bribe to stay put and shut up," he told me.
This is a second-best option, he admits. He has a sensible preference that local governments and the feds provide no money at all. NFL teams are rich entities, and there is no reason their owners shouldn't pay for their own playgrounds.
No reason, that is, except that they can usually get cities to offer them money to come or stay. The Miami Marlins got public assistance in building a gaudy retractable-roof ballpark, most of whose costs were paid by local governments.
While the public was spending more, the Marlins' owners were spending less, slashing their team payroll by more than half. This year, it's the second-lowest in baseball.
The only justice is that the mayor responsible for the funding was removed from office in a recall election. His successor, who opposed the deal, has refused to attend a Marlins game.
But none of that makes taxpayers whole. So it's better if the federal government discourages such extravagance by not furnishing tax breaks. How many Americans would volunteer to help Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones build a $1.2 billion stadium for the NFL team that ranks as most disliked by fans? Even most Texans probably wouldn't go for that.
But all of us are getting to do it whether we want to or not. Bloomberg Business reported in 2012, "Over the life of the $17 billion of exempt debt issued to build stadiums since 1986, the last of which matures in 2047, taxpayer subsidies to bondholders will total $4 billion."
State and city bonds were originally intended to finance projects like roads, bridges, schools and other projects that serve the public. But they have been expanded to borrow money for all sorts of projects that serve to enrich private corporations.
The expense is always justified as an ingenious way to create jobs and prosperity. But economists Dennis Coates and Brad Humphreys surveyed the research on the impact of teams and stadiums on local economies and found "no substantial evidence of increased jobs, income or tax revenues."
Team owners, however, can always find some city or state willing to fleece taxpayers in the fallacious hope that prosperity will follow. It's a play fake that never fails.
These professional/collegiate sports leagues are nothing but slave labor! Why do you think only the higher levels like the team owners are the only ones raking in the million$?
A former NBA player was working at McDonald's 9 years after being a first-round draft pick
(AP) Things looked brighter for David Harrison when Larry Bird and the Indiana Pacers made him the 29th pick in the 2004 NBA draft. David Harrison was a first-round pick in the 2004 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers. Nine years later, things had gotten so bad financially that he had to take a job working at McDonald's.
Harrison, probably best known for his role as a rookie in the "The Malice at The Palace" brawl involving Ron Artest and other members of the Pacers, recently spoke about his life and struggles after basketball with Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports.
Harrison played four years for Indiana and made slightly more than $4.4 million. However, the 7-footer struggled in the NBA, and after averaging just 5.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in his first two seasons, his playing time dropped.
He says things hit rock bottom in the NBA in his fourth season when the Pacers switch coaches and hired Jim O'Brien. Harrison called it "the worst time" of his life, and alleges O'Brien was verbally abusive and did not want Harrison to succeed.
Harrison admits that he eventually turned to smoking marijuana every day, including both before and after practices, a recreation that had previously just been an off-season habit.
O'Brien denies that he was abusive toward Harrison but did admit to Spears that when he was first hired by the Pacers he was told "not to expect very much from [Harrison]," and that he "was not a guy you can depend on."
After Harrison's rookie contract expired in 2008, he was just 25 years old and his NBA career was over. He spent three seasons playing in China and eight games playing in the NBA's developmental league. He last played in 2012, a stint with the Dallas Mavericks' summer league team.
A year later, his credit card was rejected while trying buy his son a Happy Meal at a McDonald's. The manager recognized Harrison and helped him get a job.
"People were showing up trying to take my car," Harrison told Yahoo. "My house was in foreclosure. I didn't have any income. I just had everything going out. I have child support to one son. I have a really big family and I have to take care of them, even through I'm not playing in the NBA. I needed money."
But that job lasted just three weeks as customers kept recognizing the former player and it was becoming a distraction. Harrison says he now makes some money trading stocks but that he can't find a job. He is 16 credits short of a degree from the University of Colorado but says he can't afford to go back to finish.
At 32, Harrison says he has given up on his basketball career but is confident things will turn around off the court.
"I am confident in my intelligence," Harrison told Spears. "I am confident in myself and I have the ability to succeed. I don't have much hope to play basketball again. But to support my family and myself, I have a lot of hope in that."
NBA referee Bill Kennedy reveals he is gay; Rajon Rondo made slur to him
Bill Kennedy, one of the NBA's top referees, has revealed he is gay.
"I am proud to be an NBA referee and I am proud to be a gay man," Kennedy told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night. "I am following in the footsteps of others who have self-identified in the hopes that will send a message to young men and women in sports that you must allow no one to make you feel ashamed of who you are."
Kennedy declined further comment on his announcement.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver delivered a statement of support for Kennedy.
"I wholeheartedly support Bill's decision to live his life proudly and openly," Silver told Yahoo Sports in a statement. "Throughout his 18-year career with the league, Bill has excelled as a referee because of his passion, dedication and courage. Those qualities will continue to serve him well both as a game official and as a positive influence for others. While our league has made great progress, our work continues to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity."
Kennedy's announcement comes in the wake of the NBA's suspension of Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo, who game officials, including Kennedy, heard unleash a disturbing torrent of anti-gay slurs following his ejection from a game on Dec. 3 in Mexico City.
After Kennedy, 49, ejected Rondo with consecutive technical fouls in a Kings loss to the Boston Celtics, Rondo defied league protocol to immediately leave the court and began stalking Kennedy, who had retreated to a far sideline of the floor.
In the game officials’ report used as part of the NBA's investigation – which includes details provided to Yahoo Sports from National Basketball Referee's Association general counsel Lee Seham – Kennedy and fellow referee Ben Taylor described Rondo's post-ejection diatribe as including the statements: "You're a mother------- faggot. … You're a f------ faggot, Billy."
Seham reported that a third official, Bennie Adams, outside of hearing distance, "affirmed that Rondo aggressively pursued referee Bill Kennedy and had to be restrained by teammates and escorted off the floor by Sacramento team security."
The three officials – Kennedy, Taylor and Adams – confirmed those reports in taped interviews conducted by NBA security on Dec. 4, Seham said.
Kids Sports With the Highest Concussion Rates
December 16, 2015
By Lisa Rapaport
(Reuters Health) - Concussion rates vary widely across youth sports, with the greatest injury risk in higher-contact games like rugby, hockey and football, a new research review finds.
Overall, young athletes experienced an average of no more than one concussion for roughly every 5,000 minutes of participation time, according to the analysis of previous research on injuries in popular youth sports. That amounts to around one injury for every 67 hours of practice and competition.
The concussion rate was about 18 times higher than average for rugby, five times greater for hockey, and roughly double for American football, the study found.
“This is likely because rugby, hockey and American football are all sports that involve more frequent contact to the body and head,” said senior study author Paul Ronksley of the University of Calgary in Canada.
“Contact sports such as these pose a greater risk to athletes for sustaining head trauma while activities such as volleyball, baseball and cheerleading inherently involve less contact or opportunity for both purposeful and accidental collision between players,” Ronksley added by email.
Even though the overall concussion rate may not seem high, these injuries still impact many children and teens. As many as 45 million youth participate in sports outside of school, and at least 7 million U.S. teens play high school sports each year, the researchers report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Ronksley examined the relative concussion risk for some of the most popular youth sports: American football, rugby, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, field hockey, track, taekwondo, volleyball and cheerleading.
Altogether, they reviewed data from 23 previously published studies on concussions in these sports, and then did a pooled analysis of injury rates from 13 of the prior studies.
For each of the sports, they looked at concussion rates based on minutes of athletic exposure (AE), which includes competitions or practices with the potential for injury.
The overall concussion risk across all of the sports included in the analysis was 0.23 injuries per 1,000 AEs.
By comparison, the concussion risk per 1,000 AEs for rugby was 4.18, while it was 1.2 for hockey and 0.53 for American football.
At the lower end of the spectrum in terms of injury potential, the concussion risk per 1,000 AEs for volleyball was 0.03, while it was 0.06 for baseball and 0.07 for cheerleading.
One shortcoming of the study is that the researchers based calculations on assumptions about total participation time in some sports, which may have overestimated the risk of concussions in hockey. It may be more in line with football, the authors concede, nonetheless, these sports, along with rugby, would still be the activities with the highest concussion risk.
Researchers also lacked data on the injury risk based on age or information on how many concussions occurred during practices versus competitions.
“Concussions can occur in any sport,” noted Tamara Valovich McLeod, co-author of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association position statement on management of sport concussions and director of athletic training programs at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona.
“It makes sense with higher levels of contact to have higher concussion rates, but that doesn’t mean kids should stop playing sports,” Valovich McLeod, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.
Parents should ensure that teams and leagues in which their children compete promote safety, which might include having an athletic trainer to evaluate and manage injuries as well as emergency action plans for handling concussions and prevention education for athletes and families.
“There are numerous physical, social, and psychological benefits for children and adolescents who participate in sports,” Valovich McLeod added.
More CONDITIONING by the MSM minions...(make no mistake, all of this is scripted)
The Giants reportedly believe Panthers players directed homophobic slurs at Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly felt threatened by members of the Carolina Panthers during warm-ups before Sunday’s game, and a new report claims that the New York Giants believe that members of the Panthers not only threatened Beckham physically with baseball bats, but they also shouted homophobic slurs at him.
From CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora:
Giants reviewed pregame incidents b/n Panthers players and Beckham. Are convinced he was threatened physically and called homophobic slurs
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora)
December 21, 2015
Giants not alleging any particular player saying/doing this but have looked into various pregame interactions and firmly believe it occured
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora)
December 21, 2015
Accounts from various people on sidelines point to a series of events that played a role in Beckham’s unusual emotional state in that game
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora)
December 21, 2015
Beckham is likely to be suspended for a helmet-to-helmet cheap shot on Josh Norman late in the third quarter of Sunday’s game.
La Canfora also reports that the Panthers have vehemently denied the Giants’ claims:
Panthers officials deny strongly any threats or slurs were made and are adamant they have long used a bat as a motivating prop…
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora)
December 21, 2015
Panthers communications director Steven Drummond said: “absolutely nothing happened on the sideline. I was there. No one was threatened…
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora)
December 21, 2015
Drummond went on to say: "no one was threatened with a bat. It didn’t happen. It’s a diversionary tactic and a good one at that.”
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora)
December 21, 2015
Panthers ban bat props and Ron Rivera denies gay slurs
The Carolina Panthers' bats are being put away for winter.
Amid allegations that Panthers players brandished bats, which had been used all season as motivational props, and used anti-gay slurs toward New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. prior to their Week 15 matchup, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera says he's ending the bat program.
Even though he felt there was nothing wrong with it after talking to his team to find out what happened prior to the explosive matchup between Beckham and Panthers corner Josh Norman, Rivera said he would put an end to it preemptively.
“I’m going to end up hearing [about] it. So to avoid the situation and set of circumstances, let’s just eliminate it. That’s what we’re going to do,” Rivera said, via the Charlotte Observer. “It’s the No Fun League for a reason.”
Beckham reportedly felt intimidated by the Panthers’ pregame actions. Panthers practice squad safety Marcus Ball reportedly jawed with Beckham while wielding a bat before the game. Rivera said the bat controversy was "non-troversy" — it was a motivational tool, he said, used by the Panthers and by other teams.
Rivera said he'd act accordingly if other serious allegations surfaced. For now, he seemed annoyed at the distraction of it all.
“I’m a little disappointed in it to be quite honest because a lot of it has been assumptions and innuendos. We’ve not heard from Odell. He hasn’t released a statement. Their organization hasn’t released a statement. But I keep hearing all these things that everybody else is saying,” Rivera said.
“So that disappoints me because if there’s something out there that’s factual, there’s truth, there’s hard evidence, please present it to us as well so we can react accordingly. We don’t tolerate that here.”
Beckham was suspended for Sunday's Week 16 game against the Minnesota Vikings, pending an appeal. The league is reviewing other potential discipline from the game — including with Norman — in the form of fines.
Rivera also said he has seen no evidence, from Ball or any other Panthers player, that slurs were used.
“Marcus has given me no reason not to believe what he told me. I heard nothing. Several of the people around him heard nothing to be construed as something homophobic,” Rivera said. “Having said that, unless there’s an audio or something out there to show me ..."
On top of that, Rivera wondered what many of us in the media speculated: that the allegations coming from the Giants or from Beckham's camp was an attempt at "spin control" or a way of justifying his actions, which included three unnecessary roughness calls in the game that led to the suspension.
The Holy Spirit Is Moving Through Our Locker Room
Drafted in 2009, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry immediately began to make an impact on the court with his accurate shooting and off it with a passionate desire to share his faith in Jesus Christ. The newly minted 2014-15 NBA Most Valuable Player shared his Christian faith story (below) several seasons ago in THE PAGES of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' magazine, FCA Magazine.
My dad may have been playing in the NBA at the time, but the best basketball games I remember from my childhood were the ones between my little brother, Seth, and me on our backyard basketball court in Charlotte, North Carolina. We'd play for hours and hours, oftentimes well into the night with the use of a bright stage light shining on the court, until our mom would yell out the WINDOW for us to come in. Those games would get pretty heated, but that was the norm for brothers as close as we were.
Our whole family was very close in fact, even when it came to school. My mom started a Christian Montessori school when I was in first grade, so we all went there together—Mom was in charge as the head mistress, our aunt was our teacher, and our grandmother was the cook. My brother and sister and I were blessed to have such great influences in our lives, and I can honestly say that my mom and dad were the best. They raised us to believe in God, and we were at church every Wednesday for youth Bible studies and every Sunday for services.
I remember it like it was yesterday, the day I gave my life to Christ. I was in fourth grade, and I recall hearing and understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ and walking down the aisle to give my life to Him. My parents CONTINUED to pour into my faith from that point on, making sure I understood the commitment I'd just made. Starting in middle school I attended Charlotte Christian School, which allowed me to hear the gospel on a daily basis. Looking back, my childhood was filled with the Lord's presence.
Wanting to follow in my dad's footsteps on the hardwood, I had my sights set on Virginia Tech during my high school years. Unfortunately, the Hokies and other ACC schools weren't interested. I was confident the Lord had blessed me with the talent to PLAY the game, and I just wanted to go where He wanted me to be. That place became as clear as day to me once I met Bob McKillop, Davidson's head coach. He explained his vision for my career at Davidson and how he could help me achieve my goals. Plus, he was a man of God, so it was an added BONUS to play for a leader who was grounded in faith. The entire recruiting and signing experience taught me about patience and seeking God's will, because He had a plan all along. I couldn't see it at the time, but I trusted He knew what was best for me.
During our Cinderella run to the 2008 Elite Eight, I knew the Lord was preparing me for a bigger stage to represent and be a witness for Him on the basketball court. I remembered my mom telling me from day one at Davidson that God puts His people in different areas of life so that they can reach more people for Him. I tried to use that time for His glory.
Then, in 2009, it was a surreal moment and a dream realized to be sitting in the green ROOM with my family hearing my name called as the seventh overall pick of the NBA Draft.
Fast-forward to now—my fourth year with the Warriors—and my faith CONTINUESto be my driving force. God's blessed me with an awesome support system in Oakland, starting with my head coach, Mark Jackson, who is a pastor of a congregation in Southern California. It's rare to have such an outspoken believer leading an NBA team. We also have about 10 guys on our team who attend our pregame chapels and pray together before games.
The Holy Spirit is moving through our locker room in a way I've never experienced before. It's allowing us to reach a lot of people, and personally I am just trying to use this stage to share how God has been a blessing to my life and how He can be the same in everyone else's.
God's given me talents to play basketball for a living, but I still have to work hard to improve every day. I know that in the grand scheme of things, this is just a game that can be taken from me at any moment. But I love that basketball gives me opportunities to do good things for people and to point them towards the Man who died for our sins on the cross. I know I have a place in heaven waiting for me because of Him, and that's something no earthly prize or trophy could ever top.
There's more to me than just this jersey I wear, and that's Christ living inside of me.
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Mat 10:36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
Mat 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
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