What Sam has been asked reflects an inequality that forces the NFL out of the realm of hypothetical scenarios -- where gay players are theoretical and anonymous -- and into reality.
How I ended up on the 50-yard line of Mile High Stadium two hours before the high-flying Denver Broncos were about to play the Oakland Raiders in the ...
Sometimes you have to listen for the silences to understand what is actually being said. The NFL is considering penalties against players if they utter one of the most despicable racial slurs against African Americans.
Creating a rule addressing one word or phrase is redundant at best. It also creates an unwanted hierarchy of offensiveness.
The NFL might toss the flag on the N-word. Despite the effort to take the sting out of its proposed penalty flag by calling it a ban on racially offensive chatter on the field, black players will be the ones to get the flag tossed at them.
The recently released Wells report of the harassment against Jonathan Martin puts to rest many of the questions about the culture of the Miami Dolphin...
If the NFL were to institute a rule that outlaws usage of the N-word or any racial slur on the football field, at the very least the league would be guilty of two things: (1) Instituting a rule designed to protect white privilege and (2) Being self-righteously hypocritical.
A little more than two years ago, while sitting still on my couch in Pittsburgh, I saw something very clearly. Some people would call it a vision.
Coretta Scott King was best-known for civil rights marches in the '60s alongside her husband, but most don't realize she was an early advocate for gay rights as well.
With all of the craziness going on in our world, it's hard to wrap my head around how some people in 2014 are upset about who someone chooses to love.
Sam's coming out will be the true litmus test of whether the NFL is indeed open and accepting of gay players. Should no team sign him, the NFL is sending the message that no time is the right time to be out in this sport.
Bullying behavior might be more pervasive in professional sports than in the general population, because athletes are conditioned early on to learn that a legion of admirers will coddle them and cater to their needs.
Carey went to Norfolk State. He was drafted in the sixth round by the Browns but was cut before he could even play in a preseason game. The Jaguars signed him, used him for a season -- he started 10 games -- then dumped him. The Lions signed him, dumped him, then re-signed him.
The media circus began immediately after Sam's declaration, and who knows how long it will last? In the meanwhile, send in the clowns. Or have they already arrived?
Michael Sam, the college football player who is expected to be a top NFL prospect, recently acknowledged publicly that he is gay. It immediately took me back to the moment I decided to reveal that I was gay, and I realized how much things have changed in some ways, but haven't in others.
Studies have long challenged the idea that nice guys finish first. So is Fallon an anomaly? Or does he represent a shift in the balance of power between the tyrants and the team players?