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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.


Dallas Cowboys Sign Michael Sam To Practice Squad

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The Dallas Cowboys have officially signed Michael Sam to their practice squad, ESPN reports:

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is expected to announce the signing Wednesday at his press conference at 11:30 a.m. ET.

With a definite need for pass-rush help, the Cowboys are bringing in Sam, who had three sacks in the preseason for the St. Louis Rams, for an extended look to see if last year's co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year at Missouri can potentially help a defensive line that needs help.

Sam was among final group of players released last weekend by the Rams and went unclaimed off waivers. The Cowboys brought the defensive end in for a physical, and now will see what he can provide.

NFL.com adds that Sam is expected to practice today. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport also commented that, "joining the Cowboys is a much better opportunity in his quest to see meaningful NFL snaps. The Cowboys don't have near the depth on their defensive line when compared to the St. Louis Rams, who cut Sam last weekend."

It was only yesterday that the Cowboys announced they were interested in bringing Sam on-board pending his physical and outreach to team members "to gauge reaction to making Sam a Cowboy."


Sky Sports Presenter Mark McAdam Comes Out, Talks Gay Soccer Players

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Mark McAdam, a correspondent on British channel Sky Sports, has come out as gay, reports Pink News.

Speaking to Gay Times, McAdam said:

“I don’t know of any other gay sports reporters. There’s nothing to compare this to. I battled with my sexuality for years and years. Only gay people will ever understand the trauma you go through about accepting your sexuality.”

He continued that gay soccer players don’t come out “because of the fear”:

“The reason no Premier League footballer has come out is because of the fear… and the football clubs know billions and billions of pounds are at stake.”

Confirming his lad credentials, he added that although he’s gay he loves soccer “just the same as any straight guy” and that he likes to “sit around and scratch my bollocks and piss on the toilet seat.”

Yesterday, McAdam thanked his 10k+ followers on Twitter for their support.

Although Mark doesn't have an account, he also received plenty of support on Facebook. One commenter added "You are amazingly cute and brave for coming out don't hurt yourself their is always help out there I got help when I tried now I feel great and proud to be gay hold your head high and be proud of what you are never be ashamed their is always some one out their that will share your heart in true happiness."

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Last month, retired 31-year-old German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger became the most high-profile European footballer to come out of the closet.


WWE Invites Michael Sam To Appear On Monday Night Raw

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The WWE posted an open letter to Michael Sam today, inviting him to come on next Monday's broadcast of WWE Raw (which, not coincidentally, would air opposite Monday Night Football), to tell his side of things as they've gone down in the NFL so far:

Exhibiting class and dignity rarely shown in professional sports, Michael Sam, WWE invites you to next Monday's Raw to speak of your struggles to succeed, lessons you have learned along the way, the courage it takes to be yourself and the prospects of your continued journey.

You are a role model, who, by example, can encourage everyone to stand up and openly be themselves.

Sam was cut from the St. Louis' Rams roster over the weekend, also failing to be given a spot on the team's practice squad. The 31 other teams in the NFL similarly did not offer Sam a place on their teams during the 24 hours they were allotted to claim him.

Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated reports that Canadian Football League (CFL) team The Montreal Alouettes has reached out to Sam, presumably regarding a potential contract. No word yet on whether Sam is considering a move to the CFL or whether he will continue pursuing a career in the NFL.


Chris Kluwe And The Minnesota Vikings Make Details Of Their Settlement Public: VIDEO

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Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings made the specific details of their agreed settlement public in a press conference earlier this afternoon.

“[O]ur focus remains on maintaining a culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect, and creating the best workplace environment for our players, coaches and staff,” said Vikings owner Mark Wilf. “We are glad a resolution of this matter has been reached, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to create positive awareness of these issues.”

The Vikings, Wilf ebaorated, will continue to contribute an undisclosed amount of financial support to a number of LGBTQ organizations. Additionally, the Vikings will redouble their committment to its “Zero Tolerance Policy for any discrimination and harassment because of race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.”

“I intend to continue to speak out on behalf of marriage equality,” said Kluwe. “I am pleased to be a part of the impact the Vikings material charitable contributions will have on LGBT and related causes.”

Watch a clip of the joint press conference, AFTER THE JUMP…

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