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Michael Sam: 'If I Had It My Way, I Never Would Have [Come Out] The Way I Did' — VIDEO

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Earlier this week, we reported that NFL free agent Michael Sam had scored the cover of GQ after being named one of its 'Men of the Year'.

Cover_samThe magazine has slowly been rolling out profiles of the men they picked, and Sam offers up some thoughts on the whirlwind of events that went down this year, including being drafted by the St. Louis Rams and then picked up by the Dallas Cowboys, and his coming out.

Of the latter, Sam says it wouldn't have been the way he would have preferred it, but he knew it had to happen:

If I had it my way, I never would have done it the way I did, never would have told it the way I did.

I would have done the same thing I did at Mizzou. Which was to tell my team and my coaches and leave it at that. But since I did tell my team, word got out.… People think the word didn't get out. It did. Or it did and it didn't. They kept it confined within our family. But the recruiters knew, and reporters knew, and they talked to each other, and it got out. If I didn't have the year I did, nobody would have cared. But I did have that year. And a lot of people knew. Someone was gonna ask me, "I heard you told your team a secret.…" Well, I was comfortable with who I was, and I wouldn't have denied it. And then I wouldn't have been able to control the story. But I have no regrets. Some people can argue that I had the potential to go higher in the draft. But I think everything happens for a reason. It looks good to see me in the position I'm in now, because I can show the world how good I am and rise up the ranks. I'm at the bottom now. I can rise up, show I'm a football player. Not anything else. Just a football player.

Sam also gives a brief video interview and talks about the draft and how he's glad he never has to do it again.

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Michael Sam Scores GQ 'Man of the Year' Cover!

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NFL free agent Michael Sam is one of six celebrities appearing on covers of GQ's annual 'Men of the Year' issue, along with Chris Pratt, Dave Chappelle, Ansel Elgort, Shailene Woodley, Steve Carell.

Stories on each are being published all week.

Check out the other covers HERE.


Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims Has a #BreakTheInternet #TBT Moment

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Out Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims has been accused by commenters of trying to "break the internet" KK-style by taking us back to his college football days in a #ThrowbackThursday photo posted today.

Writes Sims:

Holy #ThrowbackThursday! This was taken in September 2000, a few hours before the first game of my senior year at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. We were in Tennessee for the NCAA Kick-Off Classic to start the season. #tbt

A few comments on the photo of uniformed Sims in the half-shirt, which already has nearly 5,000 likes and more than 125 shares:

"Are YOU trying to break the Internet?"

"And about 400,000 of your gay followers just fainted dead away..."

"Please do a magazine cover like that Kardashian monster. Make me forget I ever saw her backside."

We think he scored.

UPDATE: Sims' share caused a bit of a kerfuffle, which he responded to in a statement to HuffPost:

"It's a funny, tummy picture of me in socks and sandals. I'm also incredibly proud of my college football career and it's definitely informed a lot of who I am. I'm not sorry if a guy in a football uniform 15 years ago bothers anyone or makes them question the substance of the work I do. Frankly, when a lousy, do-nothing Congress is polling at 10 percent but has a 90 percent re-election rate, I'd suggest we're measuring our elected by the wrong standards already. In truth, women have had their credibility "questioned" by guys who only knew how to sexualize them for thousands of years. It's like saying "I find you attractive so you can't have my respect too." Am I surprised to see it happening to a guy in 2014. Not so much."


Michael Sam Sr.: 'I Love My Son, And I Don't Care What He Do'

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When Michael Sam Jr. was a member of the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, he lived just a few miles from his 55-year-old father, Michael Sam Sr., who's wheelchair-bound in a nursing home in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto, Texas.

Some family members hoped the short distance would allow the largely estranged men to reconcile, but according to BuzzFeed's Joel Anderson, they never spoke, instead exchanging only a few text messages.

In his in-depth piece about the Sams' complicated father-son relationship, Anderson attempts to resolve discrepancies between Michael Sr.'s version of events and how they were portrayed by the media and publicists in the wake of Michael Jr.'s coming out. Michael Jr. declined to be interviewed for the story.

It's a rather heartbreaking tale that recounts how Michael Jr.'s sister drowned at 2, while one brother was shot to death, another disappeared, and two others have spent much of their lives behind bars. When Michael Jr. was born, his parents had divorced, but they would later remarry before splitting for good.

Even so, Michael Sr. claims he put a roof over his son's head — while the media has reported that a white family in the small town of Hitchcock, Texas, where Michael Jr. grew up, took care of him. Michael Sr., who taught his son to play football, swears he attended every one of Michael Jr.'s home games during his senior year of high school — but one of his son's coaches disputes that.

Media reports portrayed Michael Sr. as a stereotypically absent black father and a homophobe who had rejected his son. But BuzzFeed's Anderson seems to conclude that at this point, it's more about Michael Jr. rejecting his father and other family members, though perhaps understandably.

In any case, Michael Sr. insists that the distance between them should have little to do with the fact that his son is gay. Although Michael Sr. told a local newspaper that he loved his son unconditionally, his comments to The New York Times have been more widely publicized: “I don’t want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment. I’m old school. I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy.”

But as Anderson, who visited Michael Sr. in Texas, puts it:

Michael Sr. is never going to be the spokesman for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. He’s not thrilled about his son’s sexual orientation. But he also hasn’t disowned his son. He never says his son is going to hell. He doesn’t talk about trying to cure him or make him straight. In his own rough-hewn, coarse way, Michael Sr. has accepted that his son is gay. “I love my son,” he said, “and I don’t care about what he do.”

Read the full story here.


Former NFL Star Deion Sanders: Being Gay 'Could Be' a Choice Because God 'Doesn't Make Mistakes' - VIDEO

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Deion Sanders, a retired NFL Hall of Fame cornerback and current commentator for CBS Sports, shared his thoughts on Michael Sam and homosexuality in a recent interview with Larry King. 

After a condescending remark about reaching out to Sam in order to help him "understand the burden and the weight that he's carrying," Sanders was asked by King whether he believed being gay is a choice.

"It could be," Sanders answered.  

When King followed up with "Who would choose it?" Sander replied "who wouldn't?" before mumbling about how God doesn't "make mistakes."

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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.


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