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Anti-gay Vikings Coach Mike Priefer Says He's 'A Better Man' After Undergoing Sensitivity Training

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Priefer, who was suspended for two games and required to attend sensitivity classes following allegations earlier this year that he was active in promoting locker room homophobia and anti-LGBT hostility, is speaking out about his time away from the team while at sensitivity training.

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"It was very positive," Priefer told reporters at team headquarters Thursday in his first public comments since the suspension was lifted on Sunday night. "It was very professionally done. Like anything else in life, if you put a lot into it, you're going to get a lot out of it. I tell my kids that. I tell our players that. So I went into it with a great attitude and I got a lot out of it, to be honest with you."

When asked if he's changed in any way after being deluged with criticism for making the comments and taking the subsequent training, Priefer said, "I don't know if I've changed, but I think I have more awareness of my surroundings and other people around me. I think I'm a better man because of it."

Considering that this is the guy who allegedly said "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows," the fact that Priefer isn't sure if he's had a change of heart is disturbing to say the least. 


Colin Kaepernick Bares His Abs For Bruce Weber In 'VMAN' - PHOTOS

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The San Francisco 49ers quarterback who recently signed a $126 million contract covers the current issue of VMAN looking unsurprisingly sporty. 

Earlier this year, Kaepernick spoke out about the prospect of Michael Sam joining the NFL, remarking that he would be welcomed into the league:

"I think when he steps into that locker room, everyone's going to know that he's there to help us win games. And that's why you're in the NFL, to help us win games. No one cares if you're black, white, straight, gay, Christian, Jewish, whatever it may be. When you step on that field you're a member of in my case, the 49ers. Or the Carolina Panthers. That's your job. That's your occupation."

Check out Kaepernick's chiseled abs, photographed by ab aficionado Bruce Weber, along with one more shot from VMAN, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Fox News On Ray Rice Elevator Assault: 'I Think The Message Is, Take The Stairs' - VIDEO

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In the wake of the scandal surrounding NFL Ravens' player Ray Rice being caught on camera assaulting his then fiance while on an elevator, Fox & Friends yesterday decided to place the blame for the assault squarely on the shoulders of the victim, Janay Rice, and suggest the biggest take away from the whole incident was to make sure to assault people where there aren't any cameras around. Think Progress reports:

Responding to the video, Fox host Brian Kilmeade on Monday blasted the victims of domestic violence, criticizing Palmer (now Janay Rice) and other women who don’t break up with their partner after a domestic violence incident, saying they send a “terrible message.”

Kilmeade then proceeded to provide mocking advice to Palmer, quipping, “I think the message is, take the stairs.” Co-host Steve Doocey gamely joined in, “The message is, when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera.”

Today, Fox & Friends responded to the backlash by stating, “Comments that were made during this story made some feel like we are taking the situation too lightly. We are not, we were not. Domestic violence is a very serious issue to us, I can assure you.”

Watch the news clip showing the incendiary comments, AFTER THE JUMP...

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UK Football Hunks Lace Up With Rainbows to Help Kick Homophobia Out of Sports: VIDEO

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Gay rights group Stonewall is teaming up with football stars from across the UK for another year of Rainbow Laces - a campaign to show support for LGB players and fans.

Said Stonewall [via video description]:

We've teamed up with Paddy Power, Arsenal, The Gay Football Supporters Network and loads more to send Rainbow Laces to every professional football player and club in Britain. We're asking players to wear the laces during the weekend of 13/14 September to show their support for kicking homophobia out of the beautiful game. 

Check out the campaign's video featuring a few of the UK's hunky athletes, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michael Sam: Joining the Dallas Cowboys Is 'A Dream Come True' - VIDEO

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After officially signing with the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday morning and participating in a team practice that saw him receive his official team number (#46), the NFL's first openly gay player Michael Sam, who grew up in Texas, tweeted how happy and grateful he is to be a Cowboy

All accounts indicate that Sam will be a particular asset to the Cowboys because of their defensive troubles in recent years.

Sam's being given a spot on the Cowboys' practice squad is no doubt historic, a fact that Cyd Zeigler from OutSports suggests is implied in Sam's new jersey number:

Michael Sam will wear No. 46 with the Dallas Cowboys. That number happens to be the year the Rams signed the NFL's first black players, Kenny Washington and Woody Strode. It's also the year Jackie Robinson and John Wright broke Major League Baseball's color barrier when they reported to the Brooklyn Dodgers' farm team, the Montreal Royals. Robinson took the field for the Dodgers the following year, in 1947.

Watch a video of  Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett speaking with reporters about Texas' newest Cowboy, AFTER THE JUMP...

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First Look: Michael Sam In Dallas Cowboys Jersey

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After signing Michael Sam to their practice squad earlier today, the Dallas Cowboys tweeted a photo of Michael Sam on the field in a Dallas jersey, stating simply: ".@MichaelSamNFL will wear #46". No doubt, there will be high demand for #46 once the jersey goes on sale.

Watch a video just released by the Cowboys detailing Sam's strengths as a defensive end HERE.


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