Protections for individuals against workplace discrimination is an unsettled matter of law. Currently 27 of 32 NFL teams are located in jurisdictions that have laws to protect gays from discrimination.
Michael Sam, do you know how many closeted middle- and high-school boys in jerseys now have a trailblazer to look up to who has made their journeys a bit easier? I wish there had been a Michael Sam when I was in one of those jerseys.
The truth about "coming out" stories is that black, gay men need to hear them. We need to see queer people of color celebrating their truths and journeys.
Publicly, the NFL is being supportive, putting out a statement saying, "We admire Michael Sam's honesty and courage," but in Sports Illustrated numerous unnamed sources say Sam's going to be a "distraction" and not a problem any team is going to want to take on.
If you're wondering how you are going to survive until the new football season, here are five ways to beat the post-Super-Bowl blues.
There is nothing inherently wrong with abolishing the point-after conversion, but if the NFL is going to make changes to its product, it should worry more about abolishing perfectly legal plays that enhance the risk of player concussions.
As an audience, we have been slow to accept the humanity in our seemingly super-human athletes. Information about the number of athletes suffering from depression and mental illness trickles slowly into the mainstream.
So it may seem to some that this is solely a sport of men jumping on top of one another, a sort of testosterone climax, yet it is so much more.
When the Seattle Seahawks beat the Broncos into submission on Super Bowl Sunday it sent a strong statement around the league. The Seahawks quarterback played bigger than his competitor.
Seattle didn't win the Super Bowl just because Pete Carroll is a fun guy. If you want to know how the Seahawks became the NFL's best, you have to look at how their management went back to school.
Russell Wilson threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns during his Super Bowl performance. It's a great thing to see happen this month especially since it is Black History Month.
Why does watching the Super Bowl make me feel as if I just survived two weeks of CIA brainwashing at Gitmo?
Rather than relying on traditional or contemporary sentiment, the methodology of this unique ranking is purely logical.
'You know that professionally you will forever be introduced as 'Super Bowl winning Head Coach Brian Billick.' I won my Super Bowl in just my second year as a Head Coach and created a whole new dynamic with regards to expectations going forward.'
I knew one thing: after I knelt down, I had the game ball in my arms. I knew I wanted to preserve that, and I still have that game ball. After I took that final kneel-down, and I went right to the locker room, put it in my bag, grabbed a hat, and ran back onto the field.
'It's probably the worst feeling ever. It's terrible. I was upset, and I cried a little bit, and I don't cry too much, but losing the Super Bowl and seeing purple and black confetti go down and all the Ravens fans rush the field ... It hurts'