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?
The media and NFL spokespersons have continued to bash Incognito, Martin, and now several of their teammates. And they're all wrong. Do you now whose fault it really is?
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?