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Topic: 1st openly Gay in NFL!
Posted By: melikey
Subject: 1st openly Gay in NFL!
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:14pm

NFL Prospect Michael Sam Comes Out as Gay — Big Tests Loom for Him, League

By 
http://bleacherreport.com/users/2857650-mike-freeman" rel="nofollow - Mike Freeman , NFL National Lead Writer 

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One of the last barriers of bigotry in all of professional sports will soon fall: Former Missouri star defensive end  http://bleacherreport.com/michael-sam" rel="nofollow - Michael Sam , an All-American and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, has come out as gay.

Sam is expected to be a high-round draft pick in May, which would set a series of historic firsts in motion. He would be the first openly gay player drafted. Since most high-round picks make  http://bleacherreport.com/nfl" rel="nofollow - NFL  rosters, he'd also likely be the first openly gay player in NFL history.

"I came to tell the world that I'm an openly, proud gay man," he told http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/10429030/michael-sam-missouri-tigers-says-gay" rel="nofollow - Chris Connelly of ESPN's “Michael has shown great courage in taking this step and not only do we support him, we are incredibly grateful. His decision to welcome us all into his world as he embarks upon a professional NFL career is an honorable one. This moment will resonate in a unique and important way for countless people, particularly LGBT youth,” said human rights activist Brendon Ayanbadejo, the former Baltimore Ravens player who has been advising Sam. Ayanbadejo is a member of the Athlete Ally Board of Directors, a group that fights homophobia in sports.

The announcement sets up a number of tests for the league, for Sam and for his fellow players.

For one, there will be a dizzying scouting combine that starts Feb. 19 in Indianapolis, which Sam is expected to attend. No draft prospect in the history of the combine has been dissected or discussed like he will be.

If Sam does attend, the combine will become one of the most heavily covered sports events in recent years because it would no longer be a sports-centric story. It will be talked about across the media spectrum.

One general manager told Bleacher Report that Sam will be a true test of whether the NFL is actually open to all kinds of players. He believes that if Sam falls past the third round, then "something stinks. Because this guy is easily a high-rounder."

Bleacher Report NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller agrees that Sam's talents should result in his getting picked in an early round.

"As a player, Michael Sam was one of the most impactful defenders in college football last season," Miller said. "Playing left defensive end, he was able to produce All-American numbers by using his quickness off the ball and high-level instincts. The tape shows a smaller pass-rusher with good agility, but (at 6'2", 255 pounds) he might struggle to find a true position in the NFL...The production and burst are easy to fall in love with, though. Teams needing an outside pass-rusher will like the tools he brings and his developmental potential as a player."

The NFL released a statement to Bleacher Report saying: "We admire Michael Sam's honesty and courage. Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014."

Sam will have to withstand being the center of attention outside and inside the locker room. And many believe his teammates may have a hard time accepting him.

The NFL reiterated it has a workplace conduct policy that prohibits discrimination of any kind. A portion of the collective bargaining agreement also states: "There will be no discrimination in any form against any player by the NFL, the Management Council, any Club or by the NFLPA because of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or activity or lack of activity on behalf of the NFLPA."

The historic nature of this cannot be overstated. An openly gay player in America's most popular sport has the potential to change a great deal all across the sports world. Gay NFL players—as well as players in other sports—have come out after they retired but never during their career, or, as Sam is doing, as their NFL career is beginning.

Sam's declaration has the potential to open other fronts on this issue as well. It can make current closeted NFL athletes less fearful. It could provide support to younger athletes, in high school or younger, that they don't have to deny their sexuality.

Sam told ESPN that he knew from a young age that he was gay.

"It shouldn't be a big problem" to people, Sam said.

"I want to be a football player in the NFL," he added.

When asked how he thought his future NFL teammates would feel, Sam said, "It shouldn't matter."

"I'm not afraid of who I am."

Sam told his team some time ago he was gay. The team in turn not only had no problem with Sam's sexuality, they protected him. One Missouri player told Miller: "98 percent of the NFL could care less about someone being gay. It's the two percent that make us look bad."

The player added, "I got his back."

The reaction from NFL players, team executives and league officials queried by Bleacher Report was mostly positive but also cautious. Some of the players did not want to be identified out of fear of repercussions from the league.

What all agreed on was that Sam would face immense pressure. While Sam won't be the first openly gay player  http://www.outsports.com/2013/4/23/4253016/alan-gendreau-openly-gay-kicker-profile-middle-tennessee-state" rel="nofollow - to try to make  an NFL team, http://www.outsports.com/2013/4/23/4253016/alan-gendreau-openly-gay-kicker-profile-middle-tennessee-state" rel="nofollow -  he will undoubtedly be the first to earn a roster spot, and most assuredly be the highest-profile player to do so.

In many ways, this is a huge test of the NFL's belief that an openly gay player would suffer no discrimination in the sport. This is a belief that has been privately stated by some NFL officials for years. Yet other officials believed the league is still some  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1831178-the-inside-story-of-how-the-nfls-plan-for-a-1st-openly-gay-player-fell-apart" rel="nofollow - three to five years away  from being able to handle an openly gay player. 

One player called Sam the "gay Jackie Robinson." Yes, that is pressure. (Though the better comparison might not be Robinson,  http://www.profootballhof.com/history/release.aspx?release_id=1381" rel="nofollow - but instead, Charles Follis, one of the NFL's first black players. )

The disagreement begins with the question of how Sam will be treated. One veteran player said Sam will be welcome in most locker rooms and will have few problems. Another player said that "half of the NFL's locker rooms will accept him and half won't. It's a roll of the dice whether he would be accepted or not."

A third player explicitly said that he felt the player would face bigotry no matter what team he played for because homophobia still is common in the NFL despite the league's best attempts to eliminate it. The player said Sam "would be targeted by players on the field and fans off of it."

"Just look at the Dolphins and (Richie) Incognito," said the player. Text messages between Incognito and Jonathan Martin featured repeated use of gay slurs. The player also pointed out what happened in Minnesota to former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. Kluwe alleged he was released  http://msn.foxsports.com/north/story/kluwe-lawsuit-vs-vikings-depends-on-priefer-investigation-outcome-020814" rel="nofollow - because of his outspokenness  on gay issues and that his position coach repeatedly used gay slurs. The Vikings deny this.

Players also point to interviews done by the NFL Network's Andrea Kremer in which players state pessimism about how the first openly gay player would be treated.

"There's such a stigma with gay and homosexuals within male sports," said Washington linebacker London Fletcher to Kremer. "It would be very difficult for that first person to come out."

New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma told Kremer, "I think that he would not be accepted as much as we think he would be accepted, I don't want people to just naturally assume, like, 'Oh, we're all homophobic.' That's really not the case. Imagine if he's the guy next to me and, you know, I get dressed, naked, taking a shower, the whole nine, and it just so happens he looks at me. How am I supposed to respond?"

"That attitude is more prevalent in NFL locker rooms than you think," one of the players interviewed by Bleacher Report said.

The comments to the NFL Network follow  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/culliver-anti-gay-remarks-issues-apology-49ers-article-1.1251764" rel="nofollow - the strong anti-gay remarks  made by San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver at last year's Super Bowl. Also, at last year's combine, at least one team asked several players were asked  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000145664/article/nfl-team-asks-colorados-nick-kasa-do-you-like-girls" rel="nofollow - if they liked women . 

Team and league officials interviewed vehemently disagree that the NFL is homophobic. One team executive said Sam would be "the most protected player in NFL history" because neither the team he goes to nor the league itself would want anything to happen to Sam.

"Imagine how humiliated the league would be if the first openly gay player to be in the NFL suffered from extreme bigotry?," the team official said.

A league official said the NFL is ready for a gay player and that teams and players would treat Sam like any other player.

When Sam this past season was named the conference Defensive Player of the Year, he was the first player from the Missouri program to earn the honor since tackle Jeff Gaylord was Big Eight defensive player of the year in 1981. Sam doing the same about 35 years later was considered a great piece of history.

But that pales to what Sam has done now.




Replies:
Posted By: melikey
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:17pm
aww, pics didn't post, he's black.






Posted By: carolina cutie
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:20pm
Good for him! I saw some pics earlier. He so fine too.

I would cover myself in rainbow glitter and protest with him.LOL
http://brithomson.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow">



Posted By: Random Thoughts
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:20pm


Posted By: melikey
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:21pm
i wonder if he will encourage others already in the league to be free.


Posted By: FarraFace
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:22pm
You 3 months early boo. The draft ain't til May.

And in light of these timely shenanagans, I'ma need you to surrender your black card. You can have it back the next time you are half an hour late to work.  


Posted By: melikey
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:23pm
Originally posted by carolina cutie carolina cutie wrote:

Good for him! I saw some pics earlier. He so fine too.



he's cute with his mouth closed but he has a  has a messed up grill, nothing a NFL check can't fixLOL


Posted By: melikey
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:25pm
Originally posted by FarraFace FarraFace wrote:

You 3 months early boo. The draft ain't til May.

And in light of these timely shenanagans, I'ma need you to surrender your black card. You can have it back the next time you are half an hour late to work.  

supposedly he's safe to be drafted pretty high (*crosses fingers)
he can't get injured at this point so i think it's  safe to celebrate.LOL


oh, and i will 2 hours late tomorrow, so already doneLOL


Posted By: carolina cutie
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:26pm
Bad teefuses?!

*Waits for the NFL check to clear & invislign to kick in*


Posted By: Bored w/Out Me?
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:27pm
He's gonna get a lot of touchdowns now...


Posted By: ModelessDiva
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:28pm
Originally posted by Bored w/Out Me? Bored w/Out Me? wrote:

He's gonna get a lot of touchdowns now...

i dont know why i clickedDead


Posted By: Random Thoughts
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:28pm
Originally posted by melikey melikey wrote:

Originally posted by FarraFace FarraFace wrote:

You 3 months early boo. The draft ain't til May.

And in light of these timely shenanagans, I'ma need you to surrender your black card. You can have it back the next time you are half an hour late to work.  

supposedly he's safe to be drafted pretty high (*crosses fingers)
he can't get injured at this point so i think it's  safe to celebrate.LOL


oh, and i will 2 hours late tomorrow, so already doneLOL


Most ACL tears are non-contact and he is training for the NFL combine/Pro Day so he could still get injured. Even if he got injured, he'd still be drafted though.


Posted By: blaquefoxx
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:28pm
his ass bout to be paid now


Posted By: HaitianDiva64
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:31pm
Those teeth, those eyes


Posted By: bindy
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:44pm
At least he did not pull the "bisexual" card.....


Posted By: melikey
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:48pm
Originally posted by bindy bindy wrote:

At least he did not pull the "bisexual" card.....

YES!


Posted By: FarraFace
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:50pm
Originally posted by melikey melikey wrote:


oh, and i will 2 hours late tomorrow, so already doneLOL

Did you give advance notice of this specific lateness?

*poises red pen above clipboard*


Posted By: melikey
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 10:57pm
Originally posted by FarraFace FarraFace wrote:

Originally posted by melikey melikey wrote:


oh, and i will 2 hours late tomorrow, so already doneLOL

Did you give advance notice of this specific lateness?

*poises red pen above clipboard*

Embarrassed yes
LOL


Posted By: BBpants
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 11:13pm
Damn...his teeth are a mess but good for him


Posted By: Sang Froid
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 11:18pm
Gays are attention whores.


Posted By: nekamarie83
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 11:45pm
Originally posted by Sang Froid Sang Froid wrote:

Gays are attention whores.
pot, kettle.  whatevs. 


Posted By: Sang Froid
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 11:48pm
I don't recall making my sexuality a big deal.
Nope not kettle or pot. 



Posted By: nekamarie83
Date Posted: Feb 09 2014 at 11:57pm
Originally posted by Sang Froid Sang Froid wrote:

I don't recall making my sexuality a big deal.
Nope not kettle or pot. 
but your posts still operate well within that 95:5 -- 97:3 range though. 

attention whoring/shock post : actual reply 

so yeah. kettle, pot.  whatevs. 


Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Feb 10 2014 at 12:28am
Damn confidence intervals though?


Posted By: Marcelo22
Date Posted: Feb 10 2014 at 1:18am
aight this gay movement is played out now...time for a new minority group to get some recognition...I want to see an atheist movement in the next few years with celebs and athletes coming out as atheists and being brave from coming out


Posted By: Sang Froid
Date Posted: Feb 10 2014 at 2:20am
Originally posted by nekamarie83 nekamarie83 wrote:

Originally posted by Sang Froid Sang Froid wrote:

I don't recall making my sexuality a big deal.
Nope not kettle or pot. 
but your posts still operate well within that 95:5 -- 97:3 range though. 

attention whoring/shock post : actual reply 

so yeah. kettle, pot.  whatevs. 

I say what's on my mind.
I don't do sh*t for attention.
Whether you read it or like it I don't give a .



Posted By: Naturalchick30
Date Posted: Feb 10 2014 at 5:35am

LOL



Posted By: Lady ICE
Date Posted: Feb 10 2014 at 6:35am
Originally posted by Sang Froid Sang Froid wrote:

Gays are attention whores.
DeadLOL


Posted By: coconess
Date Posted: Feb 10 2014 at 6:46am
in 2014...?

smh


Posted By: ShadyLady
Date Posted: Feb 10 2014 at 7:02am
This takes a lot of courage. I'm glad he is choosing to just be himself and not hide himself.

I hope his fellow players and fans will be able to contain their ignoranceand just let this man live his life and do his job.


Posted By: coconess
Date Posted: Feb 10 2014 at 7:02am
i dont think sang is an attention whore..


Posted By: jonesable
Date Posted: Feb 10 2014 at 8:03am

I wonder if this will have any bearing on his draft position.

Glad his teammates didn't out him .
They knew since Aug


Posted By: Princess_S
Date Posted: Feb 10 2014 at 9:24am
Originally posted by coconess coconess wrote:

i dont think sang is an attention whore on some days..




Posted By: carolina cutie
Date Posted: Feb 10 2014 at 10:11am
LOL


Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Feb 10 2014 at 10:53am
I don't think the level of shade neka threw with that 95-97% margin of error has been fully comprehended

One of those moments where you might have to look it up to understand the level off solar "eclipseage"


Posted By: coconess
Date Posted: Feb 10 2014 at 10:59am
nekas shade throwing is often ignored 
/indirect/subliminal 

i got it though.. 
intro to stats 



Posted By: Random Thoughts
Date Posted: Feb 10 2014 at 11:28am
Originally posted by jonesable jonesable wrote:


I wonder if this will have any bearing on his draft position.



I doubt it.


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: Feb 11 2014 at 1:04pm
Michael Sam Drops 70 Spots In CBS Draft Rankings After Saying He’s Gay

Who would have thought that a mid-round prospect at defensive end would have overtaken Johnny Manziel as the most hotly-debated player in the NFL draft?
 
CBSSports.com dropped Sam 70 spots in its draft rankings between Sunday and Monday, or almost two full rounds.

The only voice to explain the massive drop for Sam from No. 90 overall to No. 160 on the ranking was Rob Rang, who also works for NFLDraftScout.com. Rang is CBSSports.com's main NFL draft analyst. Rang (who points out that NFLDraftScout.com has Sam as the 110th ranked prospect, which is about a third- or fourth-round projection), says Sam's announcement will affect his draft stock, but that isn't the only reason for the big drop. And he points out that Sam wasn't the only player to see his ranking significantly change.

    "An initial drop to 160 from 90 on Monday morning was part of a comprehensive adjustment in the rankings leading up to next week's Scouting Combine that generated movement among hundreds of prospects," Rang wrote.

Rang talks about the distraction Sam could bring to NFL teams, but points out legitimate football issues. Sam is undersized as a defensive end and didn't look good at all trying linebacker at the Senior Bowl, which will lead teams to wonder where he can play. And the announcement is something that will be debated in draft rooms too. Rang says he'll be viewed as a distraction for NFL teams and that could cause him to slip, "perhaps even entirely out of the draft."

Sports Illustrated's Peter King caused some waves when he quoted an anonymous GM saying he doesn't think Sam will be drafted. The GM told King that it was because he doesn't think Sam is a very good player.

    One GM told me he doesn't think Sam will be drafted.
    — Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) February 10, 2014


    That GM: "We don't think he's a very good player. The reality is he's an overrated player in out estimation."
    — Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) February 10, 2014

For Sam to fall totally out of the draft would be fairly unprecedented given his college resume. He won the SEC defensive player of the year award after leading the conference in sacks and tackles for loss, and as CBS's Bruce Feldman points out, since the conference started giving out that award LSU's Chad Lavalais is the only winner to not go in the top 33 picks of the draft. Lavalais went in the fifth round, 142nd overall, in 2004. Each of the last seven winners were taken in the first round, Feldman said.

It would also be odd for Sam to take a huge dip now, after his announcement, considering NFL scouts and teams have known Sam is gay for a while.



Posted By: Printer_Ink
Date Posted: Feb 11 2014 at 1:46pm
Well, he CAN'T be the only one. Duh!

The others are just scared ...


Posted By: melikey
Date Posted: Feb 11 2014 at 2:33pm
yikes!


Posted By: Mz. Mocha
Date Posted: Feb 11 2014 at 4:10pm
I guess you damned if you do and damned if you don't. Confused


Posted By: jonesable
Date Posted: Feb 11 2014 at 6:02pm
Originally posted by Random Thoughts Random Thoughts wrote:

Originally posted by jonesable jonesable wrote:


I wonder if this will have any bearing on his draft position.



I doubt it.

Not so fast


Posted By: Tbaby
Date Posted: Feb 11 2014 at 6:05pm
"I came to tell the world that I'm an openly, proud gay man," he told http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/10429030/michael-sam-missouri-tigers-says-gay" rel="nofollow - Chris Connelly of ESPN's The world really doesn't care...these "out of the closet" announcements aren't necessary or needed to do one's job is it? ijs


Posted By: ms_wonderland
Date Posted: Feb 11 2014 at 6:05pm
Originally posted by Bored w/Out Me? Bored w/Out Me? wrote:

He's gonna get a lot of touchdowns now...

LOLLOL


Posted By: FarraFace
Date Posted: Feb 12 2014 at 12:34am
Originally posted by Sang Froid Sang Froid wrote:

I don't recall making my sexuality a big deal.
Nope not kettle or pot.
------------------------------
I say what's on my mind.
I don't do sh*t for attention.

OT, but was that you that started a thread typing posts like that recent Ambien thread and we all thought you were drunk, but turns out you had jizz in your eye and/or on your keyboard and it(eye) was burning, and you were asking us what to put on your eye and/or keyboard?

If it was you, did you ever get that eye and/or keyboard checked by a professional?

If it wasn't you, would you happen to remember who it was? TIA!


Posted By: QueenBee
Date Posted: Feb 12 2014 at 12:45am
Originally posted by Tbaby Tbaby wrote:


"I came to tell the world that I'm an openly, proud gay man," he told[URL=http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/10429030/michael-sam-missouri-tigers-says-gay" rel="nofollow]Chris Connelly of ESPN's <em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;]Outside The Lines[/URL] Sunday night.

The world really doesn't care...these "out of the closet" announcements aren't necessary or needed to do one's job is it? ijs
   This. All day everyday.


Posted By: newdiva1
Date Posted: Feb 12 2014 at 12:50am
Originally posted by afrokock afrokock wrote:

I don't think the level of shade neka threw with that 95-97% margin of error has been fully comprehended

One of those moments where you might have to look it up to understand the level off solar "eclipseage"





Neka said u can't wax or crescent her.  Her sh*t be fuh nig.guhs that done went to school.







*loose quote* *word to Patti LaHelle*


Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Feb 13 2014 at 3:15am
Etherous



Posted By: Sang Froid
Date Posted: Feb 13 2014 at 4:00am
Originally posted by FarraFace FarraFace wrote:

Originally posted by Sang Froid Sang Froid wrote:

I don't recall making my sexuality a big deal.
Nope not kettle or pot.
------------------------------
I say what's on my mind.
I don't do sh*t for attention.

OT, but was that you that started a thread typing posts like that recent Ambien thread and we all thought you were drunk, but turns out you had jizz in your eye and/or on your keyboard and it(eye) was burning, and you were asking us what to put on your eye and/or keyboard?

If it was you, did you ever get that eye and/or keyboard checked by a professional?

If it wasn't you, would you happen to remember who it was? TIA!

That was almost two years ago b.
And I WAS drunk.
And I didn't make it a big deal.



Posted By: herwoman
Date Posted: Feb 14 2014 at 2:32pm
Jizz in the eye?


Posted By: carolina cutie
Date Posted: Feb 14 2014 at 5:42pm
The last page made me giggle.LOL



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