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Youth football player quits team after coach won’t let him wear pink gloves to support mother with breast cancer

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We have heard of strict uniform policies regarding colors and brands at the NFL level, but what about youth football? If a 12-year-old’s mother is battling breast cancer and he wants to wear pink gloves to support her cause, would anyone stand in his way? Unfortunately, it appears they would.

According to the Press of Atlantic City, Julian Connerton strapped on his pink gloves before his Egg Harbor City Crusaders were set to take on the Ocean City Junior Raiders on Saturday night, but was told he could not play if he wore them. That led to Julian’s decision to quit the team. Word of the incident has circulated around various social media sites, and Connerton’s aunt Sonia Cruz is hopeful the coach will come to his senses.

“The family is optimistic that the coach will apologize and that Julian will rejoin the team,” Cruz said.

Cruz also noted that the team invited Julian to participate in team pictures on Wednesday, and that the EHC Crusaders Facebook page said the team was looking forward to welcoming him back. One member of the Crusaders Youth Athletic League Association, Louis Barrios, said head coach Paul Burgan was unaware of Connerton’s reason for wanting to wear the pink gloves.

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Condoleezza Rice, Darla Moore become first female members at Augusta National

Augusta National has finally broken its gender barrier for club membership. The exclusive Georgia golf club invited Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore to become members when the club opens for a new season in October, and both women accepted.

The acceptance of female members ends a long-standing debate that raged in 2002 when Martha Burk of the National Council of Women’s Organizations demanded the club accept female members. That year the NCWO urged companies not to advertise on the Masters, and they urged CBS not to televise the tournament.

10 years after the issue came to the forefront in discussions, Augusta National has acted.

It’s pretty clear that Augusta National chairman Billy Payne (pictured) and the others in charge at the club succumbed to public pressure by extending invitations to women. As recently as April, Payne seemed unwilling to discuss the matter.

While I think that overall it’s better for people and organizations to be inclusive rather than exclusive, I’ve always felt that Augusta National had the right to limit membership to whomever they chose. If they didn’t want me in their club, then I wouldn’t want to play there anyhow. And if the women wanted to play golf at a beautiful, exclusive club, why not create one for themselves?

The inclusion of female members at Augusta National is probably a good step for gender equality, but we still shouldn’t lose sight of what the club is: a group that limits its membership to the most prominent and wealthy folks in the country. You think they let scrubs in there? You think they have Joe the Plumber playing rounds and hanging out in the locker room? Condoleezza Rice is one of the most distinguished women in the country. Moore is one of the richest. It may be open to female members now, but let’s not take this news to mean that Augusta National is suddenly open to everyone.

Justin Durant would eat Chick-fil-A even if it supported slavery

Some folks love their Chick-fil-A so much they wouldn’t let anything stop them from eating it. Take Lions linebacker Justin Durant for example. The former second-round pick said on Twitter he’d still eat Chick-fil-A even if the restaurant’s owners supported slavery.

Durant began the Chick-fil-A conversation on Wednesday by asking his Twitter followers what the situation was with the restaurant:

Once he learned that Chick-fil-A’s CEO spoke out against gay marriage, he started saying that wouldn’t keep him from enjoying the restaurant’s food:

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Golfer Stewart Cink supports Chick-fil-A

For those of you who haven’t followed, the fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A has come under fire in recent week’s after the chain’s president Dan Kathy spoke out against gay marriage. On Wednesday, Chick-fil-A held an “Appreciation Day” and posted “record-setting” sales numbers according to executive vice president of marketing Steve Robinson. It’s evident that the company still has a lot of supporters who feel that Kathy has the right to speak his mind regardless of how controversial his opinions may be. One of those supporters is PGA golfer Stewart Cink.

As expected, Cink received a barrage of replies and retweets, most of which bashed him for supporting a company president that openly discriminates against the gay community. Like Cink, many people feel as though Chick-fil-A still serves “darn good chicken” and that the opinions of its president don’t reflect the company. As Roddy White could tell Cink, it’s never a good idea for professional athletes to send tweets that can be interpreted as anti-gay remarks.

H/T Sports by Brooks Live

Bill O’Brien: ‘Hell no!’ he wouldn’t recruit the Penn State players (Video)

When Lane Kiffin shamelessly began recruiting former Penn State running back Silas Redd, who eventually transferred to USC, most people said that that is something all college football coaches would do. Not Bill O’Brien, man of morals that he is.

The current Penn State football coach, who took the job while the school was being investigated for potentially covering up the actions of pedophile Jerry Sandusky, says he’s above such reprehensible conduct (comments at the 7:00 mark in the video above).

“Hell no!” O’Brien said. “That’s not the right thing to do in my opinion. So I wouldn’t do that.

“I’m not fighting for my career, I’m fighting for Penn State,” O’Brien said. “For what’s right about this football program and so at the end of the day, like I said, these coaches are playing by the rules. That’s what they’re doing.”

I love the way that O’Brien is trying to make himself into a martyr who is leading Penn State football through its “dark ages” where they feel they must stick together to persevere. This man willingly accepted a job at a school he knew was going to be punished. He didn’t care about the culture of covering up child rapes to protect the program that exists/existed at Penn State; he just cared about taking over a program with a winning tradition. In many ways what he has done is much worse than any coaches poaching his players who, by the way, are free to transfer elsewhere.

Helmet smack to Dr. Saturday

The L.A. Coliseum was the setting for a porn film over 10 years ago

Here’s a list of historic moments that have taken place at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum: The 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics, John F. Kennedy accepts the Democratic nomination for president, Pope John Paul II celebrates mass, and Reggie Bush did a bunch of cool things he supposedly wasn’t eligible to do.

Now, after a report by the L.A. Times on Wednesday, we can add one more thing to that list: the filming of “The Gangbang Girl #32,” the hardcore adult film that shot 40-minutes worth of action on the hallowed field of the Coliseum over 10 years ago. Use your imagination to figure out what the film’s plot was about.

“I was just in awe that we were at the Coliseum,” said Mr. Marcus (not to be confused with Marcus Jordan), one of the film’s many, many stars. “I’ve made movies for about 20 years and I’ve done a lot of things, but that one really stands out.… I mean, who gets to have sex on the Coliseum floor?”

But this is potentially a big deal and not the type of big deal that has to do with winning AVN awards.  Naturally, some uptight folks aren’t going to be as proud as Mr. Marcus and probably will be up in arms over the fact that a seedy porno film was able to shoot in a taxpayer-owned stadium that was built as a memorial to World War I veterans and also happens to be a National Historic Landmark.

Details pertaining to how exactly the film crew was able to get access to shoot at the stadium, no less turning on the its field lights, are still unclear, according the Times’ report. But sources tell the paper that the person who has the authority to give such clearance is likely a high-ranking manager of the facility. The Coliseum’s general manager at the time was Patrick Lynch, who resigned in 2011 in advance of being brought up on embezzlement charges. Lynch’s attorney, Tony Capozzola, spoke on his behalf, and he clearly isn’t a fan of “Gangbang Girl #32.”

“That’s disgusting,” Capozzola told the Times. “He would never allow that.”

Right. The guy who allegedly pocketed $385,000 in a separate sketchy side deal would never let a gangbang be shot on the grounds of the stadium he runs and probably pocket even more under-the-table cash for it. Never. But we’re not here to point fingers. And we’re guessing Lynch has more pertinent things to worry about than a chick getting tag-teamed by “a dozen or so” dudes while being filmed.

Photo via Mr. Littlehand/Flickr

Manny Pacquiao opposes President Obama’s stance on gay marriage

Manny Pacquiao is a congressman in the Philippines in addition to being one of the top boxers in the world, so his political viewpoints are influential. Pac Man is conservative and follows the word of the Bible, so it’s no surprise that he vehemently opposes President Obama’s acceptance of gay marriage.

“God’s words first … obey God’s law first before considering the laws of man,” Pacquiao said in response to Obama’s support of gay marriage.

“God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other,” he told Examiner.com.

“It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old.”

Pacquiao has changed his ways recently and tried to eliminate his vices. He’s also expressed stronger ties to God, so it’s no surprise to hear him talk this way.

I know he has his convictions on the matter, but I still wonder how it hurts non-gays to have gay marriage legalized. If two adults want to marry, why should they be stopped? If you’re telling me it’s because the Bible says so, I’m going to need a better reason. I still haven’t heard a good explanation for why people should be denied that right.

H/T Off the Bench