People have said that the harassment may have stopped had Martin used his 6'5" 312 pound frame to body slam the bullies. But, let's be honest for a second.
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One of the most annoying sidebars of Michael Sam's coming out is how some LGBTs who will take it upon themselves to play armchair psychologist and proclaim the African-American community intrinsically homophobic.
This morning I overheard a man in his mid-fifties say, "Isn't he a homo?" Naturally, I assumed he was talking about me, so I looked up from my book and started to not-so-accidentally eavesdrop. Turns out, they were talking about Michael Sam.
I AM GAY. With those three words Michael Sam made history as the first openly gay African American male to possibly be drafted into the ranks of the NFL. I can only imagine that an enormous weight has been lifted from this 24-year-old man's shoulders.
The great miracle of being human, according to a beautiful Jewish tradition is that our Creator coins each of us with the same Divine Image and yet no two of us are the same.
We've come a long way. We have an even longer way to go. This was illustrated by a seemingly minor or unimportant incident that brushed against my life in the past 24 hours.
She heard the words "no," "impossible," and "never" more times than most, but she believed that with the help of others, she could make a difference, and she was right.
Michael Sam is a gay black man, but should that be a strike against him because there are people too afraid to play alongside him?
Instead of just focusing on getting wins, let's start to cultivate our coaches, who will, in turn, cultivate our athletes.
If your gay teammate is showering at the same time, kudos to you for noticing he walked into the showers. Why are you watching him so closely, anyway? Seriously, are you cruising him?
We are living in two Americas at once. While we are arguing about the word God on a dollar bill, the religious right is dismantling secularism one brick at a time.
King moved to fullback when the Raiders drafted Marcus Allen and he helped orchestrate Allen's Super Bowl XVIII MVP performance in 1984. Now hopes to make his mark indulging appetites.
Is there anyone out there over the age of 13 who has not -- I'll be as tactful as possible -- pleasured themselves, sexually? No? Come on. It's just you and me here.
There are no guarantees in life, and Sam just like every other player selected in the NFL Draft is not guaranteed success at pro football's highest level of competition. One thing that shouldn't be in question is whether or not Sam is deserving of the opportunity to play in the NFL.
I for one would be excited to welcome Michael Sam to my team if I were coaching in the NFL, not because he would be the first openly gay football player in the NFL, but because he is the epitome of mental toughness.