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04/19/2007


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."


Houston Astros Pitcher Jarred Cosart Apologizes for Calling Justin Bieber a 'Fag'

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Houston Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart used an anti-gay slur on Monday in a Twitter conversation about the Sochi Olympics in a conversation with Canadian baseball player Tyson Gillies.

The exchange began when Gillies said to Cosart, "Sorry about Canada ruining careers in Sochi right now...funny men's hockey hasn't even started yet."

To which Cosart replied: "Yes you guys claim that fag bieber too smh about right".

Cosart apologized via Twitter last night: "I used a very poor choice of words in one of my tweets earlier today that I need to apologize for. The tweet does not reflect who I am...Or what I stand for as far as an organization. Go astros."

NJ.com reports: "The Astros released a statement Monday night calling Cosart's tweet 'unacceptable.' Team officials said they talked to Cosart about the post and he is 'extremely remorseful.'

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Gabourey Sidibe Jokes About 'Tranny on Tranny' Crime with Arsenio Hall: VIDEO

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Actress Gabourey Sidibe is under fire for remarks she made in an appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, the HuffPost reports. Sidibe was discussing New Orleans, where she lives, and joked about all the "tranny on tranny crime" she sees there.

Said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, to the HuffPost:

Using the word 'tranny' isn't OK anymore. Using it to make fun of people is definitely not OK. And using it to make fun of any kind of violence is just plain wrong. I know she meant it in fun but that's the problem in this case. It's not just that she used the word 'tranny' but that she's making fun of violence in a city where the police have a history of committing violence and discrimination against trans women of color. It's the kind of thing that trans people listen to and say, 'This is someone who is not thinking about our lives. This is someone who is making fun of our problems.' Gabby is someone who has approached lots of different social issues with grace and class and so this is just such a disappointment.

The HuffPost notes that "a recent study found that 'trans people across the U.S. experience three times as much police violence as non-transgender individuals" and that "even when transgender people were the victims of hate crimes, 48 percent reported receiving mistreatment from the police when they went for help'"

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Woman Found Guilty In Attack On Gay Couple Walking Pink Poodle

Towleroad previously reported on the case of Portland-area gay couple David Beltier and Jeremy Mark, who were attacked while taking their pink poodle, Beauty, for a walk last March. Now, a verdict has been reached for one member of the husband-wife duo of assailants, though the charge is far less severe than it could have been. 

140129_saraya_sophia_lisa_gardner_405KATU.com reports:

The jury of 12 people found Saraya Sophia Lisa Gardner guilty on one count of obstruction of justice.

Her husband, 23-year-old George Allen Mason Jr. is accused of striking a gay man with a crowbar and hurling gay slurs at him March 1. The attacked happened at 185th and Evergreen next to a busy strip mall...

Gardner's attorney, Thomas Coan, said after the verdict that he and his client were a little bit surprised and disappointed by the verdict.

"We think the government didn't have the evidence necessary to prove Ms. Gardner's intent in this case," he said, adding that he believes some of the evidence presented in the case tainted the jury.

"There was evidence of homophobic slurs that we didn't think was relevant that could have tainted the jury or prejudiced the jury against Ms. Gardner," he said.

Beltier previously reported that he was "happy to be alive," and the trial for George Mason Jr., the physical assailant in this case, will likely begin soon.


Russell Brand Offends Students with Gay Slur at Cambridge University Talk

Russell Brand offended some students during a recent talk he gave at Cambridge University, after using a gay slur to quiet the audience, the Varsity reports:

Brand"At one point he jokingly reprimanded the audience, exclaiming, 'Shut up you Harry Potter poofs!' While most in attendance seem to have found this funny, some have spoken out against the use of the term. The CUSU LGBT representative Charlie Bell said, 'It was a bit of a shock to hear that the word poof is considered an appropriate term to level as an insult, especially by someone like Brand, who models himself as the very model of a modern liberal... he should apologise unreservedly and immediately.'"


Colorado State DL Football Coach Greg Lupfer Suspended for Anti-Gay Slur: VIDEO

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Colorado State University defensive line coach Greg Lupfer has been suspended after using an anti-gay slur at Washington State Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday after Halliday nailed River Cracraft for a 25-yard touchdown.

The Coloradoan reports:

In addition to immediately being suspended without pay, Lupfer will go through mandatory anger management and diversity training in the sanctions ordered by Colorado State University athletic director Jack Graham.

Lupfer, CSU’s defensive line coach, was caught by ESPN cameras saying what appeared to be the words “f------ f----t” at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday after Halliday threw a touchdown pass in the first half of CSU’s 48-45 win. Halliday was near the CSU bench after rolling out of the pocket to throw.

CBS Sports reports:

Lupfer has accepted the consequences and apologized in a prepared statement:

"I accept these consequences—two weeks without pay and the training programs—and I am thankful for this second chance to continue coaching at Colorado State and be a part of the Ram Family," Lupfer said. "I am deeply sorry for my behavior, which does not represent who I am or my values. I embrace the opportunity to participate in anger management and diversity sensitivity training. I was angry and careless with my words, and my words hurt many people. I sincerely apologize to the GLBTQ community for causing pain by using a slur without considering its meaning. I take ownership of my words and fully understand why people are very upset."

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