February 15, 2014 |
On Sunday, college football star Michael Sam stood on the precipice of making history. The University of Missouri lineman and NFL draft hopeful came out as gay in an interview with the New York Times, potentially making him the first openly gay NFL player. Before his announcement, Sam was projected to be a mid-to-late-round pick in May's draft. But according to Sports Illustrated, his stock may be falling . There has been some negative reaction from NFL personnel; in the SI article, one source labeled Sam's sexuality an unnecessary “distraction.” “There are guys in locker rooms that maturity-wise cannot handle it or deal with the thought of that,” an assistant coach, who wished to remain anonymous, told SI. “There's nothing more sensitive than the heartbeat of the locker room.
January 2, 2014 |
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote a a lengthy and scathing column, published online Thursday by Deadspin, detailing the reasons he feels he was released by the team prior to the 2013 season. Kluwe, who spent all eight of his NFL seasons with the Vikings, wrote: "It's my belief, based on everything that happened over the course of 2012, that I was fired by [special teams coach] Mike Priefer, a bigot who didn't agree with the cause I was working for, and two cowards, [then-head coach]
August 29, 2013 |
The late Junior Seau was not far from the thoughts of friends and associates in the immediate aftermath of news of a proposed settlement of concussion-related lawsuits between the NFL and more than 4,500 ex-players. Seau, the former San Diego Chargers linebacker and USC star, committed suicide in 2012. He was 43. Tight end Alex Holmes also played for USC -- long after Seau's era -- and played eight games in the NFL with Miami in 2005. He tweeted about the proposed settlement on Thursday morning.
May 29, 2013 |
It's 2013, and finally the public is beginning to acknowledge that, believe it or not, there are gay athletes who, believe it or not, compete in major professional sports. And that's a great thing. When NBA center Jason Collins made headlines last month as the first male athlete to come out in a major professional sport, it seemed that everyone from LeBron James to Barack Obama wanted to offer the Washington Wizards player words of admiration. But even the support of Lil Wayne and Bill Clinton cannot hide an important reality -- from collegiate to professional play, gay athletes still face an uphill battle.
May 28, 2013 |
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he loves his gay relatives. He just doesn't think that they, or any other homosexual people, should have the right to get married. “To each his own. I'm not with it," the reigning NFL MVP said of gay marriage Sunday on Sirius/XM NFL radio. "But I have relatives that are gay. I'm not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love 'em. But again, I'm not with that. That's not something I believe in. But, to each his own. " Peterson's comments came on the same day that the Galaxy's Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay male athlete to play in one of the five American major professional team sports. But that wasn't the topic of Peterson's conversation with radio hosts Bruce Murray and Amani Toomer.
May 7, 2013 |
There are some people in the world who just don't get it. In their desire to be clever, they don't look at the big picture. The Toronto Maple Leafs have one such fan. Several hundred Maple Leafs fans gathered at Maple Leaf Square outside the Leafs' home arena Monday night as their favorite team took on the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Most fans were wearing Maple Leafs jerseys and carrying handmade signs supporting their team. But one sign stood out in particular: a sign that said "Toronto Stronger," a play on words off the “Boston Strong” motto that has been used in Boston as a rallying cry after the Boston Marathon bombings.