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 |
Ah, the postgame handshake line. What a great tradition in youth and high school sports. It's the perfect opportunity to show that no matter how intense things got in the heat of battle that it was really just a game, there's no hard feelings and the important thing is that everyone had fun. Or is it the perfect opportunity to get one last cheap shot in on your opponent? A high school water polo player from South Florida chose the latter route after his team lost in a state championship game late last month, and his actions were captured in a video that has gotten nearly 2.7 million views on YouTube.
May 7, 2013 |
OK Angels fans, I heard you. Stop with the emails. It's your turn now. The Times is asking readers to pick the 10 greatest Angels of all time. Let's see how close you can come to the 12,231 ballots I got for the Dodgers' 10-greatest voting. The rules: -- You can vote for anyone in Angels history. -- You can vote for anyone related to the Angels in some way, be it player, announcer, manager, coach, owner or peanut vendor. -- List your 10 selections in order, from 1 to 10, with No. 1 being your choice for the greatest Angel of all time and 10 being your choices for the 10th greatest of all time.