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Tony Scheffler, Louis Delmas use racial slurs as sign of friendship

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Riley Cooper’s recent racist outburst has brought a significant amount of attention to the issue of racism in the NFL this month. Many fans and players are outraged over his use of the N-word, while others have expressed a willingness to forgive Cooper and move on.

For some, it is the way Cooper used the word that is disturbing, not the fact that he used it. Detroit Lions tight end Tony Scheffler and safety Louis Delmas admit they are guilty of using racial slurs toward one another, but they say it is a sign of friendship.

“Me and (Scheffler) have a relationship many people do not have — both black and white,” Delmas told Terry Foster of The Detroit News. “I look at him like my brother. I love him to death.

“He greets me, ‘What up, n—–?’ But I understand it. So I say, ‘What’s up, cracker?’ But we would never take it outside the building.”

Scheffler said he considers Delmas family, but that he understands why the way they talk to each other would not be acceptable for everyone.

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Dwyane Wade on cover of Ebony Magazine, sons wearing Trayvon Martin hoodies

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The September issue of Ebony Magazine aims to honor Trayvon Martin and keep the conversation of race in America alive, according to Huffington Post. The magazine has four different covers for the issue, including one featuring Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, and his two sons. Wade’s sons Zaire and Zion are both wearing gray hoodies in the photo, which is what Martin was wearing when he was killed during an alleged struggle with George Zimmerman.

“It was a pleasure to stand with my 2boys on this issue for Trayvon Martin. #Wearetrayvon #standforwhatyoubelievein” Wade wrote on Instagram.

The headline “We Are Trayvon,” is featured on all four covers. One cover features Martin’s family, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin with their son Jahvaris Fulton; movie director Spike Lee and his son Jackson; and actor Boris Kodjoe and his son Nicolas, in addition to Wade and his sons.

The Miami Heat were one of the first groups from the sports world to bring attention to the case. The entire team posed for a photo in March — less than a month after the shooting — with the players all wearing hoodies.

Since Wade and the Heat have expressed their thoughts on the matter, I’ll share mine. I think Ebony Magazine and others have acted wrongly by turning the case into a racial issue, which plays on the emotions of the masses. I don’t believe Trayvon Martin was racially profiled nor killed because he is black. I think Zimmerman, despite being a neighborhood watch leader in a community full of problems, went too far in following Martin after calling police, and that the death could have easily been avoided. Based on Zimmerman’s injuries and statements, I don’t think Martin was an innocent victim in their struggle. I think there was enough doubt in the case to acquit Zimmerman, and I think the verdict was more of a reflection of the legal system than whether or not Zimmerman was wrong.

I think it’s terrible that a young man was shot and killed in a struggle. I feel terribly for his family. But I don’t think this case should have been turned into a racial issue. I honestly have serious doubts about how much research people like Wade, Roddy White, and Victor Cruz put into the case before voicing their opinions. I think they were told that a 17-year-old kid went to the store to buy some snacks, was racially profiled as he was walking home because he was wearing a hoodie, then got shot by a white guy for not reason. Who wouldn’t be pissed after being told that story? The problem is the case wasn’t that simple.

Charles Barkley believes right decision was made in George Zimmerman trial

Charles-BarkleyThe George Zimmerman verdict has been the most controversial topic in America over the past week since the Florida man was acquitted on Saturday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Several powerful figures from the sports world have voiced their opinions on the matter, with most of them bashing the legal system and ripping the jury.

Charles Barkley took a different approach on Thursday. During an appearance on CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” Barkley said he agrees with the verdict and that the media has a “hidden agenda” and are using the case as an avenue to discuss racism.

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Marcus Vick went ballistic over the George Zimmerman verdict

Marcus Vick is known for sharing strong opinions over Twitter, and nothing elicited a stronger reaction from the former Virginia Tech quarterback than the acquittal of George Zimmerman on Saturday.

Vick started off simply by saying there was no justice done in the case.

Vick then compared the outcome — Zimmerman being acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin — to his brother, Michael, going to prison for running an illegal dog fighting operation:

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Vick continued to compare the Zimmerman outcome to other situations:

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PETA asks Tampa Bay Rays to remove rays tank in center field

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, better known as PETA, has written a letter to the Tampa Bay Rays requesting that the team remove its Rays Touch Tank from center field Tropicana Field.

According to The Tampa Tribune, Delcianna Winders, director of PETA captive animal law enforcement, argued in the letter that the placement of the tank makes it so the rays are in danger of being struck or killed by a home run ball.

“And as recent events have demonstrated, that threat is all too real,” Winders wrote.

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UFC fighter Josh Thomson believes gay marriage could lead to incest, pedophilia, polygamy

UFC fighter Josh Thomson issued a statement on Thursday to clarify his provocative comments about gay marriage.

Thomson, who is 20-5 and defeated Nate Diaz in April, started a discussion over Twitter and Facebook about gay marriage. Though he said he was not against gay marriage, he suggested that allowing gay marriage could lead to the fight for equality when it comes to issues such as polygamy, incest, and pedophilia.

Josh ThomsonThomson’s Facebook post sparked a discussion, and he weighed in on the comments of the thread.

“I’m only asking a question. My next question is, should siblings be allowed to marry siblings? My point is, where do you draw the line?” Thomson asked in a comment. “I personally don’t care who you marry but I also am smart enough to know that it opens a gateway to men/women trying to marry young kids, siblings marrying eachother and people having multiple husbands an wives. You have to think all of these things are okay otherwise your stopping them from being happy as well which is hypocrisy. Equality doesn’t stop with gay marriage, it just starts with it.”

Thomson continued to put gay marriage on the same level as bestiality, polygamy, incest, and pedophilia.

“I’m not talking about just gay marriage. I’m talking about where does it stop? Where do you draw the line? People wanna marry animals, children, siblings, multiple husband/wives, etc?
[...] it all comes down to those same people just wanna Be happy like the people who want gay marriage.

Look, I personally don’t give a [removed] who you marry but my question to you is, why is it okay for gays to marry and your gonna turn around and tell the guy he can’t marry the lil girl next door or the teacher she cant marry the lil boy in her class? Siblings, animals, etc. Why can’t they be happy like gay people an heterosexual people?”

After receiving backlash for his comments, Thomson defended himself in a statement issued on Thursday.

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‘No homo’ and why it is offensive

The slang phrase “no homo” received significant attention this weekend after Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert used it during a postgame news conference on Saturday following Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. He was fined $75,000 by the NBA for using the phrase and cursing at the media. I imagine the bulk of the fine was for the “no homo” drop rather than the cursing. Some people do not understand the harsh fine or why Hibbert was fined in the first place. They also do not understand why “no homo” is offensive. I figured I would explain.

The impenetrable authority that is the Urban Dictionary says no homo is a “phrase used after one inadvertently says something that sounds gay.” No homo is “said to show that you aren’t gay after saying something that sounded gay.”

An example would be a football coach evaluating a player and saying that the player has a wide butt — which is generally a positive trait for players — and saying “no homo” afterwards to let everyone know that he is not gay despite praising the player’s behind.

The whole idea that someone would have to clarify that they are not gay stems from the perception that being gay is a negative thing. I realize that there are still factions of society who will argue that being gay is a sin or wrong in some other way, but I think most people feel that being homosexual is inconsequential.

Roy Hibbert probably did not intend to be homophobic when he said the phrase. He was probably just trying to keep up his street cred when he uttered it. (Being able to catch one’s self is like a game). Until now, he probably never thought about the root of the phrase and what it really means to gay people. Now that he has been faced with all of that, he has apologized.

Other NBA players have used the phrase “no homo” or even “pause” (which means the same thing) over the past few years and escaped a fine. Dwight Howard said “pause” on national TV in 2011. So did Chris Paul. LeBron has even been heard saying “no homo” during an interview.

Hibbert being fined shows us how much our society has changed in terms of attitudes towards gay people. People could get away with saying one of these phrases a year ago. I even thought it was funny when I posted a “pause” video on the site in 2007. But it’s 2013 now. And if an NBA player feels comfortable coming out as gay, then we should welcome and support him. And if people still think being homophobic is funny, then they are wrong. Because it’s not.