Pundit: Pro Teams Want to Know if Manti Te'o is Gay But Nobody at the NFL Combine Has the Nerve to Ask — AUDIO
Profootball.com and NBC Sports pundit Mike Florio, who has been observing the NFL Combine, was interviewed today on The Dan Patrick Show and told Patrick that, where Manti Te'o is concerned, teams and coaches want to know if he is gay or not but won't bring it up because they know it will create headlines, distractions, and media noise.
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"Here's the elephant in the room for the teams and it shouldn't matter, but we have to step aside from the rest of reality and walk into the unique industry that is the NFL. Teams want to know whether Manti Te'o is gay. They just want to know. They want to know because in an NFL locker room, it's a different world. It shouldn't be that way. I don't think you can ask that question -- If you go Katie Couric on Manti Te'o, it's going to come out that some team, some GM some coach asked Manti Te'o if he's gay. Then you'll have to deal with all the distraction and all the stuff that flows after that."
"You're telling me that you're hearing from teams who want to know this, but how do you ask it? Are they trying to find a finesse way to ask that question, or are they going to do investigative work on finding out if Manti Te'o is gay?"
"It's been described to me as the proverbial elephant in the room and I don't think anyone knows how to solve this dilemma yet. It's just that they want to know what they're getting. They want to know what issues they may be dealing with down the road. We just assumed that at some point there would be an openly gay player in an NFL locker room and the team would have to work with the realities and make sure that everything's fine. Now you have a situation where you have a guy who was in a relationship with a fake girl who ended up being a real man, and the man has said to Dr. Phil that he was romantically in love with Manti Te'o, it just raises a lot of questions that the NFL at some point is going to have to deal with. Tony Dungy makes a great point on this. If the NFL were ready for an openly gay player, there would be an openly gay player. Nobody knows better the feel of an NFL locker room than someone who's in it. 'm not saying anyone would take Manti Te'o off the board if they suspected he's gay or know he's gay. That's just the thing that's out there that they want to know the answer to."
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In an interview that aired in January, Te'o told Katie Couric that he's not gay when she asked him if he made up the dead girlfriend story to hide his sexual orientation.
"Far from from it," said Te'o. "Faaaaar from that."
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today said it would use a $500,000 war chest against any GOP lawmaker supporting marriage equality in Minnesota and spend in support of any Democrat who votes to protect "traditional marriage", according to its blog:
NOM's Minnesota state political fund was the largest contributor to the proposed Minnesota Marriage Amendment (giving over $2.2 million) and has helped defeat virtually every Republican who has supported gay marriage, including three Republican state Senators in New York in 2012...
"We urge Democrats in the Minnesota Legislature to vote their values, and not what their party bosses tell them," Brown said. "Standing for true marriage is the right thing to do for Minnesota families, and especially for children. The fact is that Minnesota children, and all children, have a right to expect laws that promote them being raised by a mother and father. We will support those legislators, Democrats and Republicans alike, who vote for Minnesota family values, just as we have done in other states. Marriage is not a partisan issue, and NOM does not hesitate to oppose weak Republicans and support strong Democrats."
Last week, Minnesota GOP state senator Branden Petersen said he would co-sponsor a marriage equality bill set to be introduced by Senator Scott Dibble.
Said Petersen: “At this point, I am concerned about doing the right thing. I have a certain amount of peace about that, and I will let the chips fall where they may.”
..."Republicans like Branden Petersen don't realize that not only is voting to redefine marriage a terrible policy, it is also a career-ending vote for a Republican," said Brian Brown. "NOM will do everything in our power to defeat any Republican who votes in favor of same-sex marriage. Legislators need look no further than what happened to GOP Senators in New York. Four of them were responsible for passing gay marriage. We helped take out three of those Senators by repeatedly informing their constituents of their betrayal on marriage. They are now out of office. We will not hesitate to do the same thing in Minnesota."
"Regardless of the amount, whether it's $500,000 or $50 million, my vote is not going to bought either way. I'm going to do what's right," Petersen said. "If they want to throw away $500,000 then that's their decision."
Victoria Hesketh, the British electropop singer known as Little Boots, is back with a new album in May and "Motorway" is the first single, produced by DFA Records' Tim Goldworthy. Other producers on the upcoming album are Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford, and Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair.
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The flipside of the blossoming of marriage equality:
From “I do” to “I’m done” is a well-traveled road—for straight couples. When their legal marriages are over, they pretty much know they will need a legal divorce. But for gay couples, the promise of marriage is still so new and incomplete that the idea of matrimonial courts, equitable settlements, and all the rest barely registers. How do you process the undoing of a bond that until a moment ago in history you were not allowed to form?
It’s not a subject that marriage-equality groups tend to trumpet on their websites, but gay couples are at the start of a divorce boom. One reason is obvious: More couples are eligible. According to a report by UCLA’s Williams Institute, nearly 50,000 of the approximately 640,000 gay couples in the U.S. in 2011 were married. (Another 100,000 were in other kinds of legal relationships, such as domestic partnerships.) The marriage rate, in states that allowed it, was quickly rising toward that of heterosexual couples: In Massachusetts as of that year, 68 percent of gay couples were married, compared with 91 percent of heterosexual couples. Another reason for the coming boom is that while first-wave gay marriages have proved more durable than straight ones (according to the Williams Institute, about one percent of gay marriages were dissolving each year, compared with 2 percent for different-sex couples), that’s not expected to last. Most lawyers I spoke to assume that the gap will soon vanish, once the backlog of long-term and presumably more stable gay couples have married, leaving the field to the young and impulsive.
From ‘‘I Do’’ to ‘‘I’m Done’’ [ny mag]
Joe Hanson of the new web show 'It's Okay to Be Smart' offers an awesome explanation of the Northern and Southern Lights, also known as the auroras, and lets you know how you might detect the sun's magnetic waves just by closing your eyes.
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If you missed his first episode called Life by the Numbers, catch it HERE.
46-year-old Megan Cramer died in the natural gas explosion that destroyed JJ's restaurant last week in Kansas City.
She was a server there. The Kansas City Star writes about her life:
She loved all things writing, from the New Yorker magazine — to which her family gave her a subscription every Christmas — to anything written by Maya Angelou.
She was also quite the activist and once helped found the first chapter of the lesbian and gay student group at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, her alma mater.
And she would counsel young people as they were coming out.
“She was one of those people who had great wit but would never say, ‘Let me tell you a joke,’ ” said sister Stephanie Cramer, a Springfield artist who is six years older than Megan. “She could look at you, give you that smile and you knew that she had lots of layers and this person was very deep and very loving.… This has been very hard.”
Fifteen other people were injured iby the explosion. Surveillance video showed how powerful the blast was.
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