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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Articles tagged: gay athletes

Mike Sims-Walker doesn’t get the whole coming out as gay thing

Remember Mike Sims-Walker? Sure you do. He’s the guy who had one or two decent seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars about five years ago before he suffered a knee injury and nobody wanted him anymore. But he still kicks around on Twitter, and like many others he offers some hard-hitting views on controversial topics. For…Read More

Arizona State OL Chip Sarafin comes out as gay

Arizona State offensive lineman Chip Sarafin publicly came out as gay in a magazine article published this month. Sarafin, who is a redshirt senior and originally walked on to the Sun Devils football team, told Phoenix-based Compete magazine that he came out to his teammates last spring. “It was really personal for me and it…Read More

UMass guard Derrick Gordon comes out as gay

Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay athlete in men’s Division 1 college basketball on Wednesday. Gordon, a sophomore guard who averaged 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for UMass this season, made his revelation in interviews with OutSports.com’s Cyd Zeigler and ESPN W’s Kate Fagan. “For this to be happening right now, me…Read More

Lobbyist Jack Burkman drafts bill to ban gay players from NFL

Washington, D.C. lobbyist Jack Burkman announced on Monday that he is drafting a bill that would seek to ban gay athletes from being able to play in the NFL. Burkman said he got the idea for the legislation when Michael Sam came out two weeks ago. “We are losing our decency as a nation,” he…Read More

Survey: 86% of NFL players fine with gay teammate

Michael Sam is likely to become the first openly gay player in the NFL come draft time in May, and there has been plenty of debate over whether he will be accepted by his teammates or not. If a recent survey of 51 anonymous NFL players is any indication, Sam should feel pretty welcome. ESPN.com’s…Read More

Michael Sam’s dad driven to drinking by son’s announcement

Perhaps nobody took the news of Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay worse than the football player’s own father. The New York Times posted a follow-up piece Tuesday to their Sunday article in which Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, revealed that he is gay. In the follow-up article, The Times says…Read More

Michael Sam had a boyfriend in college

Michael Sam was confident enough to become the first high-level football player to come out as gay, so it’s not too surprising to learn that he was comfortable enough to have a boyfriend while in college. Though Sam only officially came out to his Missouri football team last August, he says people around campus knew…Read More

Ryan Clark concerned about how players should interact with Michael Sam

There is a difference between expressing an honest opinion about a controversial topic and being discriminatory or insensitive. Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark expressed concern on Monday over the prospect of Michael Sam playing in the NFL, but he did it without being homophobic. Sam, an All-American defensive end at Missouri, came out publicly as…Read More

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