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04/19/2007


Redskins QB Kirk Cousins Says He'd Show Gay NFL Players 'What It Means to Follow Jesus': VIDEO

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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke to a group of students at NorthPointe High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan last Friday and talked about gays in the NFL, MLive reports.

Cousins said he would welcome a gay teammate to the locker room even if he is a sinner:

"So from a football standpoint, if the guy can help us win, come help us win. Now, there are a lot of teammates in my locker room right now who may not have a homosexual lifestyle, but they have sins, too. They’re not perfect. So I don’t say they can’t help us win. Nobody’s perfect.“

He added:

"To that degree, we'd welcome him into our locker room and say come help us win, and hopefully I can love him like Jesus and hopefully show him what it means to follow Jesus."

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NFL Considering Penalties for Gay And Racial Slurs

In what is quite likely a response to the NFL expecting to sign on its first openly-gay player in Michael Sam, the league is considering banning anti-gay and racial slurs, specifically the F-word and the N-word. NFL Player's Association executive George Atallah said that while the specifics cannot be discussed as they "make it a point not to usually discuss things that are still actively being worked out,” the slurs likely run afoul of anti-discriminatory clauses in the collective bargaining agreement, which include coverage for sexual orientation.

Combine_samHow much of a violation the slurs would be and the penalties that they would incur are still being debated internally, but a handful of heavy penalties in games would probably change player behavior in a hurry. According to Detroit News sportswriter Terry Foster,

It’s going to be a little bit messy, but players are sort of like sheep. They’ll learn eventually. You keep fining them or throwing 15-yard penalties, they’ll back down. I’m sure they’ve already got [sensitivity training] rolling right now. There’s going to be some fools that are going to say something, but I think most players realize, you know what, we’re in a changed society and we’ve got to wake up and go in lockstep.

NFL logoESPN adds:

The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, expects the league to institute a rule where players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field.

John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, anticipates that the NFL's competition committee will enact the rule at the owners' meeting next month.

"We did talk about it, I'm sure that you saw near the end of the year that Fritz Pollard (Alliance) came out very strong with the message that the league needs to do something about the language on the field," said Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, who is on the league's competition committee. "So we did discuss over the last three days."


Deion Sanders: 'Every Team I Played on There Was Someone Gay in the Locker Room' — VIDEO

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Former NFL player Deion Sanders appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show and told Arsenio that there has been at least one gay person on every (five) team he's played on, and that he feels his job is not to judge homosexuality but accept it.

Arsenio opened the conversation by asking about Michael Sam.

Said Sanders:

"I don't nor do I condemn, but I've had a friend, family members... Everyone out there, you've had someone of homosexuality in your family — and someone whose on drugs and alcohol. How can I judge them? It's up to me to give him love, to give him support, to just be there for him. So I don't condone nor I condemn. But I'm gonna love him. Everybody in the NFL is always talking about football as a family but when you have the opportunity to really extend and show them that you're a family member, this is the opportunity."

He added:

"He's not the first gay guy in the NFL! He's the first one to come out, let's get that straight. Every team I've played on, there was someone...we always knew. But he was cool. That was our boy. We had to look out for him. Every team I've played on - five different teams - there was someone gay in the locker room."

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Gay Former NFL Player Roy Simmons Dies at 57

Roy Simmons, a former offensive lineman for the Giants and the Washington Redskins who came out of the closet after his career had ended, has died at the age of 57, the NYT reports:

SimmonsThe cause was complications related to pneumonia, his brother Gary said. Simmons learned he had H.I.V. in 1997 and had other health problems, his brother said.

The paper adds:

By his own account, Simmons (pictured, during his career) abused his opportunity in the pros, falling quickly into heavy alcohol and drug use. The night before he played with the Redskins in the 1984 Super Bowl, his last game in the N.F.L., he snorted cocaine. In the stands that Sunday, he said, were friends he had invited, including three lovers — two female, one male. Somehow, he continued to keep his complicated sexuality a secret.

Years later, in 1992, appearing on “Donahue,” Phil Donahue’s television talk show, and with a former girlfriend and family members watching, Simmons made a stunning, awkward disclosure: He was gay. At the time, Simmons was the second former N.F.L. player to declare that he was homosexual. Dave Kopay, a running back who played nine seasons, was the first, in 1975.

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Michael Sam Zings Homophobic Lobbyist with Plan to Ban Gays from the NFL

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Earlier this week, a little-known D.C. lobbyist made headlines after issuing a publicity stunt-ish press release saying he had support from five members of the House and a Senator for a non-starter bill that would ban gay players from the NFL. The lobbyist, Jack Burkman, wouldn't name the lawmakers.

BurkmanSaid Burkman in a statement in the release:

”We are losing our decency as a nation. Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?”

"Burkman serves as founder and president of his own lobbying firm, Burkman Associates. He has also worked as of counsel at law firm Holland & Knight. In the 1990s, he served as counsel to then-Rep. Rick Lazio (R-N.Y.)," according to The Hill.

Added Burkman to the HuffPost:

"I felt that if the NFL doesn't have any morals, and people like [Commissioner] Roger Goodell, who are just go-along-get-along guys, just want to appease advertisers, appease corporate America and all that stuff, I figured, well, it is time for conservatives in Congress to step in and define morality for them...This is not about bigotry. It is about common decency and civility. Society is moving to a point where we are going to have unisex bathrooms and the next generation thinks that is OK."

But the best reaction to Burkman's announcement came yesterday from Michael Sam, the would-be target of the alleged legislation.

Tweeted Sam: "Jack Burkman is going to need a Delorian, not some bogus bill, if he wants to prevent gay athletes from being in the locker room"


PGA Golfer Steve Elkington Tweets Homophobic Michael Sam Joke

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Steve Elkington an Australian pro golfer who plays on the PGA tour, decided it would be fun to crack a Michael Sam joke on Twitter this morning.

Tweeted Elkington:

"ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine....No one else expected to throw today"

Elkington then tried to explain: "I'm for Sam I'm against ESPN telling me he's gay...." and had also tweeted earlier that "ESPN covering Michael Sam as a gay athlete is embarrassing ....."


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