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Michael Sam: 'I'm Not the Only One' in the NFL

He tells Oprah Winfrey 'a very few' others thanked him for coming out

(Newser) - Michael Sam may be the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, but he tells Oprah Winfrey in a new interview that he's not the only gay man in the league, the Washington Post reports. After he came out, Sam says in an interview airing on... More »

Cowboys Pick Up Michael Sam

He joins practice roster in home state

(Newser) - Michael Sam's second chance will be with the Dallas Cowboys. Coach Jason Garrett said today that the league's first openly gay player will be added to the practice roster. "We just want to give him a chance to come in and help our football team," Garrett... More »

St. Louis Rams Cut Michael Sam

But he could still end up with Rams, NFL sources say

(Newser) - The St. Louis Rams have released Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the... More »

ESPN Delves Into Michael Sam's Showering Routine

Sports network takes heat from teammates, social media for report

(Newser) - Everyone who thought that Tony Dungy's statements about Michael Sam would be the last we'd have to hear about the NFL linebacker's private life can thank ESPN for reopening that door. Josina Anderson reported yesterday on how the NFL's first openly gay player was getting along... More »

Tony Dungy Takes Heat, Says He's No Homophobe

Former NFL coach clarifies his Michael Sam comments

(Newser) - Tony Dungy says he's not prejudiced, despite his comment a couple days ago that he wouldn't have drafted openly gay player Michael Sam, TMZ reports. "I gave my honest answer, which is that I felt drafting him would bring much distraction to the team," Dungy said... More »

Straight People Need to See More Gay Kisses

Mark Joseph Stern on the reaction to Michael Sam's smooch

(Newser) - There was a distinct outpouring of disgust when Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend after being drafted on Saturday night. Some of it was just outright bigotry, but Mark Joseph Stern at Slate was interested to see many people saying they supported Sam in theory, but were nonetheless uncomfortable with the... More »

Dolphins Fine Player for Tweet-Bashing Michael Sam

Don Jones suspended from play after draft comments

(Newser) - The Miami Dolphins have fined cornerback Don Jones after a pair of homophobic tweets. Jones tweeted "omg" and "horrible" after Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL , reacting by kissing his boyfriend on-air, NBC Sports reports. Jones will undergo "educational training for... More »

Rams Draft Michael Sam, First Openly Gay Player

College star came out in February

(Newser) - The St. Louis Rams and Michael Sam made a little NFL history this evening, and in the nick of time. The Rams selected the star defensive end with the 249th overall pick in the NFL draft—out of 256 players—making him the first openly gay player ever drafted to... More »

Paula Deen: I'm Like That Black, Gay Football Player

Says she totally empathizes with Michael Sam

(Newser) - Paula Deen is on the cover of People , and at first, it seemed like your standard, boring comeback interview: She felt like her "world was crashing down," she's "fighting to get my name back," she "would never ever hurt anyone intentionally," she apologizes... More »

Lobbyist Pens Bill to Ban Gay NFLers

'Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man'

(Newser) - The NFL might seem to have other , seemingly more pressing problems , but a Republican lobbyist has decided to first tackle gay men in the league. Jack Burkman's proposed bill, which he says was inspired by openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam , would ban gay players from the NFL, the... More »

Stewart: If Only Michael Sam Had Just Killed Dogs

'Daily Show' host points out some NFL hypocrisy

(Newser) - Michael Sam could be the first gay football player in the NFL —assuming he actually gets drafted. Now that the University of Missouri lineman has come out, Sports Illustrated talked to personnel directors in the NFL who confirmed that some team managers just don't want to deal with... More »

NFL Prospect: I'm Gay

Michael Sam set to become league's first openly gay player

(Newser) - Is the NFL ready for its first openly gay player? All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam is set to make history after announcing that he is an "openly, proud gay man." Sam, whose coaches and teammates at the University of Missouri were already aware of his sexual orientation, is... More »

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