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USC's Athletic Director Pat Haden Cancels Indiana CFP Trip: 'I am the Proud Father of a Gay Son'

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USC Athletic Director Pat Haden says he won't join the College Football Playoff committee members in Indianapolis this week because of the anti-gay Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Tweeted Haden: "I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. #EmbraceDiversity"


Michael Sam Says He's 'Confident' He'll Be Playing Football Somewhere This Year: VIDEO

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Michael Sam says he's confident he'll be playing professional football somewhere this year — whether it's in the NFL or the Canadian Football League.

After a somewhat disappointing performance at the NFL's Veteran Combine on Sunday, Sam was swarmed by the media. 

ESPN reports:  

"As long as I still have that will, as long as I'm still healthy and can play this game, you will continue to see me fighting to get in this league," he said. ... 

"I am very confident that I will be playing football this year somewhere," Sam said. "So we'll leave that at that."

Sam was asked to clarify if the CFL was still an option. "If that's an opportunity, then I will take it," he said.

Cyd Zeigler at OutSports reports that no one asked Sam about being gay — which Zeigler says is a sign of progress. One reporter did ask about Sam's appearance on Dancing with the Stars — to which Sam replied, "Next question."

Sam's time in the 40-yard dash on Sunday was less-than-stellar, at 5.07 seconds, but he's never been known for his speed. 

Sam became the first openly gay player to appear in an NFL game last year, after he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams and before being cut. Sam later joined the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad before being cut again. 

Some have speculated that Sam — the former SEC co-defensive player of the year — isn't on an NFL team because he's gay. 

Hopefully, an NFL team will sign him again and give him another chance to prove himself in the preseason. 

But if not, or if he gets cut again, it sounds like Sam will be playing in the CFL. And if he becomes a star north of the border, questions about why he's not on an NFL team will become even more difficult for coaches and general managers to answer.  

Watch ESPN's report, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Michael Sam: I Put My Hand Above Vito's Butt 'and the Rest Was History' — VIDEO

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NFL free agent and Dancing with the Stars contestant Michael Sam gave a fascinating and forthcoming talk last week at Quinnipiac University about a variety of topics, including his fiancé Vito Cammisano, speaking about how the couple met:

SamSam told the crowd (7:30 in clip AFTER THE JUMP) that he met Vito at a Playboy bunny party at the University of Missouri and their first meeting was not the greatest. Sam said that at the party he saw two students who were "hammered" on the patio of the house where the party was at and went to see if they were okay. The first one he spoke to was Vito, who snapped at him, and said, "Get the ef away from me....do you know who I am?"

Sam thought angrily to himself, "I don't care who the hell you are."

Sam didn't talk to Vito for two years after the exchange, and actively disliked him. But one night at a bar when friends were encouraging them to get along, Sam says he placed his hand above Vito's butt "and after that...the rest is history."

They later broke up, Vito graduated, and they got back together after Sam found himself comfortable to come out, and Vito helped get him there.

Sam added that he is now sometimes criticized for dating a white guy:

“My fiance gave me the strength [to come out]. The challenge I get now is, why are you not dating a gay black guy? Why are you dating a white guy? Why would I do that? Why would I leave someone I fell in love with and have been through so many challenges with.”

Sam also spoke about stereotypes, coming out, and other gay players in the NFL:

"I'm not the only in the NFL that is gay. I'm just the only one that is out."

He talked about Dancing with the Stars and the upcoming Veteran Combine:

“I thought I did enough in the preseason (last season), but apparently it wasn’t enough. I just have to work harder. I’m certain, whatever league I’m playing in, that I’m going to be playing football somewhere next year...I’ve fought adversity all my life. It helped me become me.”

Watch the full talk, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NFL Free Agent Michael Sam Invited to Veteran Combine, Says He's 'Getting the Hang' of Dancing: VIDEO

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NFL free agent defensive end Michael Sam has been invited to the first-ever veteran combine, ESPN reports:

The veteran combine will be held March 22 in Tempe, Arizona, less than a week after Sam is set to start competing on the latest season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," which starts March 16.

Sam was chosen last year in the seventh round of the draft by the St. Louis Rams but the team released him before the season began. He was later signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad but then waived.

The Veteran Combine is similar to the one held for potential draftees but it is for current NFL free agents like Sam.

Following the announcement this week that Sam would compete on Dancing With The Stars, he released a statement on Twitter:

Very excited to be a part of @DancingABC. Football remains my unquestioned number 1 priority, however, while I continue to train and stay ready, I am ecstatic to participate in a fun, athletic competition like so many players before me have done. Filming this offseason is very flexible and allows me to be part of the veterans combine 3/22 if accepted or any other workouts. I’m looking forward to getting started with @PetaMurgatroyd and winning! Thanks for the support! #TeamSambatroyd

Paparazzi stationed outside Dancing With The Stars rehearsals caught up with Sam this week as he arrived to rehearsals with fiancé Vito Cammisano in tow, and asked him which was tougher, dancing or the combine.

"Both," he replied.

They also asked if he has nailed his first dance yet:

"I think it's a secret right now. It's different from football. Peta's (Murgatroyd, his partner) doing a great job. She's bearing with me. It's different than football, clearly. But I'm getting the hang of it. It's fun. Great workout."

And what kind of advice he had for gay kids nervous to come out.

"Be on your truth. On your truth."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Media Mogul David Geffen's 21-Year-old College Football Player Ex-Boyfriend Admits to Stalking Charge

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Jamie Ralph Kuntz, a former North Dakota college football player, has been given probation for stalking his Hollywood mogul ex-boyfriend David Geffen, the Associated Press reports.

Kuntz pleaded no contest to charges of felony stalking and violating a restraining order to stay away from Geffen’s California homes.

According to defense lawyer David Wohl, although Kuntz - who had been in a short-term relationship with Geffen - would have won had the case gone to trial, he did not want to spend any more time in jail having served three months because he could not afford $150,000 bail.

Wohl added that the outcome is “celebrity justice in reverse” because “the victim is a celebrity, and judges are afraid of something happening to them."

Kuntz has been ordered to attend psychiatric counseling twice a week for 12 months as a condition of his two-year probation term.

In 2012, Kuntz was kicked off his college football team for being gay.


Michael Sam Says He Doesn't Believe Being Gay Has Kept Him Off NFL Roster: VIDEO

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In a new post on Sports Illustrated's MMQB blog, Michael Sam reflects on the last 12 months of his career and his goal to make it onto the NFL roster. The first openly gay player to be drafted in the league, Sam attempts to set the record straight, so to speak, about his decision to come out and what he believes has stopped him from being signed to one of the NFL's 32 teams. 

While Sam writes, "I don’t believe that being gay has kept me off an NFL roster," he also states unequivocally that his not being in the league is not for lack of the requisite athletic ability to succeed: "I will challenge anyone who says I don’t have the talent to make it in the league."

Of his decision to come out, Sam tackles head-on the intense media scrutiny over the attention he received, stating, "Contrary to what some people may think, I didn’t make this announcement for the sake of making history, or because I relished the attention that it came along with." 

Sam2Sam's up-close-and-personal essay also addresses that infamous ESPN report on his showering habits:

"I never doubted that my teammates had my back, but if I needed any evidence, it happened toward the end of camp in August when a television network decided to run a questionable segment about what my showering habits looked like. I immediately received support inside the Rams locker room from my teammates, but when Chris Long sent his famous tweet informing the network that “everyone but you is over it,” that meant a lot. To see a veteran like Chris very publicly get my back is something I will never forget and will always be grateful for."

In an interview with the MMQB, the former SEC Defensive Player of the Year talked about being contacted by closeted players both in the NFL and other sports leagues, saying,

"I'm not the only one. A lot of people--just because we play a masculine sport they think there's no gay players in the NFL. There's a lot of us. And you know, but they need to feel more comfortable to come out when they're ready."

Sam adds that he thought his coming out as a rookie would give "courage" to closeted players who were veterans in the league to come out. Said Sam, "I was wrong, but it's all good." 

Meanwhile, Sam isn't giving up on his NFL aspirations: "I’ll give up the game when my legs are both broken. I’m a football player and I will keep fighting for my dream to play in the NFL."

Watch Sam's interview with the MMQB, AFTER THE JUMP...

And read his post HERE.

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