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Robbie Rogers Slams FIFA's Decision to Host World Cup in Anti-gay Countries: 'Our Lives Don't Matter'

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In a column for USA TODAY Sports this week, LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers doubled down on his criticism of FIFA and its decision to hold the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar respectively. Both countries have extremely poor records on LGBT rights, with homosexuality remaining illegal in Qatar and Russia's anti-gay propaganda ban silencing free speech on LGBT issues. 

Wrote Rogers:

FIFA is great at lofty rhetoric. They say their goal is improving the game of soccer "constantly and promot(ing) it globally in the light of its unifying, educational, cultural and humanitarian values, particularly through youth and development programs."

Those are wonderful ideals and its how I think of my sport and my place in it as a role model to young athletes. But FIFA doesn't live those words, not when they decide to hold the next two World Cups, the most widely watched sporting events in the world, in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, two countries that fall far short when it comes to humanitarian values, not to mention their seriously anti-LGBT values and crushing anti-gay laws.

If actions speak louder than words, then the message FIFA sends to gay athletes is painfully clear. Not only don't they have our backs, our lives don't matter. So for any gay soccer player who has hopes of playing for the U.S. National Team at the World Cup, being open about their sexuality could have real consequences when they set foot in countries with laws that could land them in jail.

Read the full column here

Last month, Rogers called FIFA's decision to host the World Cup in anti-gay countries "insane".


Media Mogul David Geffen Claims 20-Year-Old College Football Player Ex-Boyfriend Is Stalking Him

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Media mogul David Geffen is having issues with 20-year-old ex-boyfriend Jamie Kuntz again after Kuntz was arrested in October for violating the terms of a restraining order reports Defamer via TMZKuntz stands accused of "Following, harassing and making a 'credible threat' against the Hollywood big wig sometime between September and November." Kuntz is now facing a felony stalking charge and a minor misdemeanor charge for allegedly disobeying a court order to stay away from Geffen. Kuntz' lawyers say the whole thing is a big misunderstanding and no stalking was involved.

Kuntz is a former North Dakota State College of Science student who was dismissed from the school's football team in 2012 after he and Geffen were spotted kissing in the press box of a game. The school claims he was removed from the team for lying about the kiss, and not because he's gay. Kuntz originally told team officials that Geffen was his grandfather.

 


Robbie Rogers Wants Chris Pratt To Play Him In The Sitcom Based on His Life

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Earlier this year, we told you about the new sitcom, Men In Shorts, based on out gay soccer player Robbie Rogers' life that was acquired by ABC. In a new interview with Attitude Magazine, Rogers opens up about the evolution of the show and who he wants to play his character:

What can you tell us about Men In Shorts, the TV series inspired by your story?
“I was approached with this idea about doing a show about a gay athlete who comes out and we were talking about my experiences, funny stuff like jokes I had to make in the showers to break the ice, talking about dating for the first time, all these different ‘first times’ and how awkward they were, and we just laughed, so it progressed into this comedy about this guy who comes out as gay – a total fish out of water – and he’s expected to have all these answers for little Tommy in Thailand who’s thinking of coming out, and he has no idea what it’s like in a gay bar because he’s never been to one. It’s inspired by parts of my life but the family is different, a lot of things are very different and it’s exaggerated for comedy. We want to teach people through laughter and play with stereotypes.”

Who would you like to see playing you?
“It’s gotta be someone funny, someone who doesn’t care and someone very masculine; someone you wanna grab a beer with. In a perfect world – he obviously wouldn’t do this and I don’t think I’m anything like him – but someone like Chris Pratt. You know, someone hilarious, good looking but not super fit, you know what I mean? So it looks like he doesn’t go to the gym kind of thing…”

Chris Pratt goes to the gym!
“Haha! Yeah, now he does!”

Rogers also shared that he has been in touch with the West Virginia high school goalie who came out last week at his prom, inspired in large part by reading Rogers' memoir Coming Out to Play:

"It’s such an amazing story, and that kind of story reaches so many other kids. It was never my intention for someone to read my book and it make them want to come out. Well, I mean, that is the point of it, but I didn’t think it was going to happen, so I’m happy that it’s happening so quickly.”

Check out one more snap of Rogers poolside, AFTER THE JUMP...

And read the full interview over at Attitude HERE

(Photos via Attitude)

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Robbie Rogers Blasts FIFA for 'Insane' Decision to Host World Cup in Anti-gay Countries Like Russia, Qatar

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Speaking with Sky Sports on Thursday, LA Galaxy star Robbie Rogers came out strongly against FIFA's decision to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar respectively - two countries with very poor records on LGBT rights.

Said Rogers:

“I would never pressure anyone into speaking about the issue but it is absolutely insane. If you look at the next few World Cups, they are in places where, if I were to go, I could possibly be imprisoned or beat up or stoned to death. It is pretty ridiculous. There is going to be number of gay fans that will go to watch the sport. Of course there is going to be another gay footballer there. So I think it is an issue that needs to be spoken about and discussed with FIFA because every player should feel safe when they go to a World Cup.”

Rogers, who played with Leeds United between 2012 and 2013, also talked about how his coming out led to his early retirement from the sport and eventually brought him to LA Galaxy.

Watch the interview here.

Back in July, FIFA announced that a special task force will be needed to deal with homophobia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. 


Michael Sam Cut From Dallas Cowboys' Practice Squad

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Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL, has been cut from the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad, ESPN reports:

The Dallas Cowboys have waived defensive end Michael Sam from their practice squad and signed linebacker Troy Davis...

Coach Jason Garrett and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli praised Sam's work in practice.

"Comes to work every day and practices hard," Garrett said last week. "One of 10 practice roster guys that we have, so he's working on his skills, trying to develop, but also doing a lot of other things. Playing offense, defense, playing the kicking game, that's what a lot of those guys do."

The Cowboys (6-1) have just seven sacks this season, but they never seriously considered calling up Sam to the active roster. 

Sam signed with the Cowboys' practice squad after being cut from the St. Louis Rams during their final round of cuts prior to the season officially getting underway. Sam today tweeted out,

I want to thank the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for this opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates, and fans for their support. While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday.


Seven New Jersey High Schoolers Charged With Hazing-Related Sex Crimes - VIDEO

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Six of seven New Jersey high school students are being held in police custody this week after being charged for hazing-related sexual assault crimes. Acting as members of the Sayreville War Memorial High School football team, the accused teenagers are said to have restrained, abused, and inappropriately touched four fellow teammates. Families of the arrested teenagers are awaiting preliminary decisions that will determine whether students, whose ages range from 15-17, will be charged prosecuted as minors or adults.

"Everything revolves around getting the kids ready to play Bomber football," Cary Melenez, a local resident explained of her city.

The allegations have shaken parents and school administrators concerned for the well being of their children and students. Though not known for churning out star football players, Sayreville’s culture revolves heavily around football participation. The implications of a scandal like this have prompted a number of vocal protestations. In light of the developing case, Sayreville school superintendent made the executive decision to cancel the remainder of the high school's fall football season. 

"In the ensuing days, weeks, and months," Sayreville school superintendent Richard Labbe said in a statement, "we will come together as a school district and greater community to harness the strength required to support the young men who may have been victimized and then to begin the healing process for our beloved community."

ChristieChris Christie echoed the superintendents intentions of exhaustively delving into the specifics of the case in hopes of exposing the truth of the events and sending a clear message.

"The facts as reported currently are extraordinarily disturbing, and as the father of a number of teenage athletes, the idea that that kind of conduct could be permitted -- if it's true ... in a high school athletics program, or anywhere else in our state for that matter, is absolutely unacceptable."

Watch footage of Sayreville school superintendent Richard Labbe addressing the hazing scandal AFTER THE JUMP...

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