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Marcus Vick sends homophobic tweet about Arizona Cardinals

If ever there were a person who could have their Twitter rights legally stripped from them, it would be Marcus Vick. The younger brother of Michael Vick tweets out some of the most ridiculous things you will ever read, and his homophobic remark about the Arizona Cardinals earlier this week was a prime example.

Marcus-VickAs for what Vick is referring to, we have no idea. There has been some speculation surrounding the sexual preference of free agent safety Kerry Rhodes this week, who played for the Cardinals last season. I suppose that could be what Vick is trying to reference, but we really have no way of knowing. Marcus has put Michael in some incredibly uncomfortable positions in the past with the stuff he tweets, so this isn’t exactly a surprise.

What is somewhat of a surprise — even for Marcus — is that Vick currently has a warrant out for his arrest after failing to appear in court in Virginia over a week ago. He has skipped multiple court dates since promising to pay $40,000 to a woman who sued him in 2008 claiming psychological trauma following an alleged relationship Vick had with her when he was 19 and she was 15. Would you be tweeting under those circumstances?

On second thought, I’m not surprised at all.

H/T Deadspin

Chris Kluwe: Gay players would fear coming out because it could prevent team winning

Chris Kluwe has been an outspoken supporter of gay rights, and he has said there are gay players in the NFL. But one thing he believes would prevent gay players from coming out is the fear that such an announcement could distract a team from achieving its goals of winning.

The Minnesota Vikings punter made his comments during an interview with Anita Marks on NBC Sports Radio Sunday. He was asked what would keep an athlete from coming out when he gave his answer.

“It really is the attention issue,” said Kluwe. “It’s the fact that they would be the first person coming out and there would be so much media and fan attention on that player that it could risk them losing their job.

“Coaches are notoriously against distractions in the locker room,” he continued. “Whenever anyone is getting a lot of attention, they tend to look at it as a bad thing because they’re worried that you’re not focusing on football.

“It really comes down to the fact that coaches and the teams are just worried that this might prevent the team from winning games.”

Kluwe believes there are gay players in the NFL based on the percentages.

“There’s definitely gay players playing in the NFL. Simple statistics have said it’s anywhere from probably 10 to, like, 50. You look at the sample size of gays in the United States they’re around 10 percent. With 1,800 players in the NFL, that’s about 180 guys you’re talking about. So there’s definitely gay players.”

The Vikings punter also agrees that the best method for players to come out would be as a group, the way Brendon Ayanbadejo mentioned last week.

“I don’t know when anyone specifically is going to come out, but it would be nice to have guys to come out as a group to lessen the attention any individual person would have to deal with.

“Hopefully someone does come out eventually because no one should have to hide who they are. That’s not what this country was founded on.”

Kluwe’s comments should not come as a surprise. Last December, Minnesota’s special teams coach said Kluwe’s outspoken ways were becoming a distraction. Luckily Kluwe has a specialized role on the team as a punter, which makes it easier for him to focus on his job. If it were a player playing a more prominent position who had to deal with all the distractions, it’s easy to see how that would make a team concerned.

Brendon Ayanbadejo: ‘Handful’ of gay players considering coming out at once

brendon ayanbadejoFormer Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo is one of the most outspoken supporters of same-sex equality in all of professional sports. He used the Super Bowl as a platform for expressing his views on gay rights and anti-bullying and continues to work with the LGBT community to create a safe environment for gay players in the NFL.

Last week, a report from CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman indicated that a current NFL player is “strongly considering” coming out as gay in the near future. During an interview with The Baltimore Sun on Friday, Ayanbadejo said he expects that to happen soon, but with more than one player at the same time.

“I think it will happen sooner than you think,” Ayanbadejo said. “We’re in talks with a handful of players who are considering it. There are up to four players being talked to right now and they’re trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out.

“Of course, there would be backlash. If they could share the backlash, it would be more positive. It’s cool. It’s exciting. We’re in talks with a few guys who are considering it. The NFL and organizations are already being proactive and open if a player does it and if something negative happens. We’ll see what happens.”

According to OutSports.com, Ayanbadejo later clarified in an interview with Anderson Cooper that such an announcement may not be as imminent as he previously indicated.

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Magic Johnson would support gay Dodgers player ‘150 percent’ (Video)

Magic-JohnsonMagic Johnson sat down for a candid interview with TMZ earlier this week in the wake of his son EJ walking hand-in-hand with his boyfriend down the streets of LA. Johnson and his wife Cookie have made it clear that they fully support EJ’s decision to come out publicly, which has led to a great deal of praise from athletes and other people who feel the Johnsons should serve as an influence for others in a similar situation.

As an NBA legend, MLB owner, father of an openly gay son and someone who lives with HIV, Magic is at the center of many issues involving the LGBT community. And if a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers ever decides to come out, Johnson said he will be his biggest supporter.

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TMZ reporter wipes out while asking Adrian Peterson stupid question about gay NFL players (Video)

Adrian-Peterson-TMZProfessional athletes have to deal with stupid questions all the time, but sometimes the unexpected happens that makes it all worthwhile. Earlier this week, a TMZ reporter caught up with Minnesota Vikings superstar Adrian Peterson and asked him a very lame question about gay athletes in the NFL. He wanted Peterson’s take on whether it would be more difficult for a white player or a black player to come out as gay.

As expected, Peterson had no interest in answering the question. He took the route of sarcasm instead, responding that it could be a hispanic or an asian player who comes out. And then, the situation took care of itself. The reporter took a massive spill and someone from Peterson’s entourage yelled, “Down goes Frazier!”

You couldn’t have drawn it up any better. The topic of gay players in the NFL is an important one that has seen an increase in attention lately, but that doesn’t mean people have to reach for ridiculous questions about it. If you do, you might end up tripping over a parking cone and tasting concrete.

Seahawks DE Chris Clemons: Gay NFL player coming out would be a ‘selfish act’

Chris-Clemons-SeahawksEarlier this week, a report speculating that a current NFL player is “strongly considering” coming out as gay within the near future created a lot of buzz. There are many people who feel an openly gay NFL player would not be accepted among his teammates, while others insist that coming out would be a brave act that would help pave the way for equality. Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons believes gay NFL players should remain quiet.

“Who on Gods earth is this person saying he’s coming out of the closet in the NFL?” Clemons wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

Following that question, Clemons made it clear that he feels it would be a bad idea for a player to admit that he’s gay.

It’s easy to understand why his comments were seen as offensive. However, Clemons later insisted that he would have no problem with a gay teammate and is not homophobic — he just thinks personal stuff like that should be left at home.

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NFL player reportedly ‘strongly considering’ coming out as gay, fears reaction from fans

Scott-FujitaThe topic of gay athletes in professional sports has been of growing interest over the past few years. In particular, many wonder how the stereotypes of gay men would mesh with the stereotypes associated with a sport like football. Football players are largely assumed to be rugged, heterosexual men who date the captain of the cheerleading squad, but that is hardly always the case.

According to CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman, one current NFL player is “strongly considering” coming out as gay. While many feel that we are years away from having an openly gay player inside an NFL locker room, Freeman said there is reason to believe that day will come sooner rather than later.

Based on interviews over the past several weeks with current and former players, I’m told that a current gay NFL player is strongly considering coming out publicly within the next few months — and after doing so, the player would attempt to continue his career.

I’m told this player feels the time is now for someone to take this step — despite homophobic remarks from San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver and the controversy arising recently at the Indianapolis Scouting combine, when prospects were asked questions about their sexuality.

Since Super Bowl week, a couple of major stories pertaining to gay athletes in the NFL have come to light. First, we had Chris Culliver’s incredibly insensitive remarks about whether or not he would be comfortable with a gay teammate. Then, there was the Colorado tight end who said an NFL team asked him if he likes girls as part of its interview process. Toss in former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim Miller’s comments about religion preventing gay players from being accepted and one would think now is as difficult a time as ever to come out.

However, Freeman’s source said the player who is considering coming is fearful of the reaction of homophobic fans more than he is concerned about the reaction from players and teammates. It should be noted that it seems like for every player like Culliver there are several more like Chris Kluwe and Jon Ryan who are willing to fight for equality. Scott Fujita and several other NFL players recently filed a brief in support of a marriage equality case in front of the Supreme Court.

The harsh reality is that when a player does come out as openly gay, there is going to be backlash and discrimination — both from the fans and other athletes. The hope is that in doing so, the player will provide us with another major stepping stone toward accepting reality.