I've seen a little too much insistence this week, online and on social media, that Michael Sam's being cut from the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad had nothing to do with his being gay. It's a bit overwrought and defensive. A lot of fans seem to want to believe the NFL is not a homophobic institution.
Publicly, the NFL is being supportive, putting out a statement saying, "We admire Michael Sam's honesty and courage," but in Sports Illustrated numerous unnamed sources say Sam's going to be a "distraction" and not a problem any team is going to want to take on.
I'm a ballplayer. I'm a pro. I've been in an NBA training camp and have competed in some of the top leagues overseas. Based on these experiences, do I think an openly gay competitor would be accepted in the sports world?
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I really hoped that the 49ers would win the Super Bowl yesterday, but just as much, I hope that they take the opportunity to become true, vocal champions for gay people in sports. It's a memorable goal, worthy of the team that represents San Francisco and everything it stands for.
In all likelihood Chris Culliver has already played alongside a homosexual teammate. He might even be suiting up with one this Sunday, when his 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens in The Super Bowl.
The Ravens linebacker has maintained a diplomatic stance on the controversy surrounding Chris Culliver, the San Francisco
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Interestingly, Culliver's comments initially came on the heels of news that former 49ers offensive tackle Kwame Harris was
The problem that those of us who are fighting for LGBT equality in sports have consistently run up against is that sports media simply aren't interested in reporting on our issues. But you broke through. You made gay issues a centerpiece of the Super Bowl.
The comments have since cast the Super Bowl-bound 49ers in a negative light just days ahead of the NFL championship game
Thanks to players like Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendan Ayanbadejo and their pro-gay advocacy, we're seeing a shift among NFL players, but the leadership needs to take strong stand against Culliver's kind of bigotry if that shift is to continue.
Ayanbadejo said he plans to use the Super Bowl as a platform to talk about same-sex marriage. Update at 6:26pm ET on January