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Former NFL Star Hines Ward on Gay Athletes: 'If You Can Help Me Win A Super Bowl, I'm All Up For It' - VIDEO

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Appearing as a guest on Meredith Vieira's talk show, former NFL wide receiver Hines Ward fielded a question on professional sports dealing with Michael Sam and gay athletes in general.

Said Ward in part:

"If you can help me win a Super Bowl, then I'm all up for it, 'cause that's what it all matters to me."

Speaking about locker room shenanigans, Ward pointed out he's recieved his fair share of teasing as a biracial person:

"I get teased all the time, you've got to have thick skin...It's just their ignorance about not knowing what a biracial person is all about, or what a gay person is all about."

You can watch the clip between Ward and Vieira AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michael Sam Confirms Engagement To Vito Cammisano


Last week we brought you news of unconfirmed reports that Michael Sam was engaged to marry his longtime boyfriend, with whom he shared the kiss seen 'round the world, Vito Cammisano. 

Today, Sam confirmed those reports on Twitter by sharing a picture of him proposing to Cammisano on bended knee with what appears to be the Vatican in the background. The photo proves correct earlier speculations that the two got engaged while on holiday in Italy.

Sam's tweet tagged Cammisano and was captioned "Thank you for saying yes", followed by three diamond ring emojis.

Cammisano posted a follow-up photo with ring on hand:


Congratulations to the happy couple!

Watch a video of Sam discussing his thoughts on marriage for last month's OWN documentary on him, AFTER THE JUMP...

(Photo via Twitter)

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Michael Sam Reportedly Engaged to Boyfriend Vito Cammisano


Unconfirmed reports are coming in that Michael Sam is now engaged to longtime boyfriend Vito Cammisano.

TMZ writes that it's "unclear who asked who ... but one of Vito's friends (who was on the University of Missouri swim team with Vito) is already congratulating the couple about it on Twitter ... and Sam "liked" her post."

Page Six reports the couple got engaged in Rome during their European vacation through Italy and Spain. Sam turned 25 on Wednesday. 

Congrats to the happy couple if reports are true!

Watch a clip of Sam discussing his thoughts on marriage for last month's Oprah Winfrey Network documentary (and more shots from the European vacation), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Peter LaBarbera Writes Poem About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend: READ


Peter LaBarbera (above), virulently anti-gay nutjob and leader of listed hate group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), has written a wonderful poem about being forced to watch Michael Sam (right) kissing his boyfriend, reports Right Wing Watch.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a511deafc6970cExplaining that his poem - which refers to “‘sex’ in the anus” as the cause of “so many diseases” - is just “a little fun” to usher in the new year, LaBarbera says that he has played “loosely off the lyrics, rhythm and meter of Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” (you know, the one with “Sam I am”).”

As he has done so before, LaBarbera also suggests that Sam seek “ex-gay” therapy.

Keeping to the light, humorous mood, he adds:

“Public celebration of perversion is indecent - and another harmful and obnoxious by-product of ‘gay’ and ‘same-sex marriage’ advocacy. Sure, I’ll be chided by humorless homosexuals and ‘progressive’ hacks who bristle at anything characterizing homosexuality as immoral, destructive and changeable. But who cares: LGBTQ activists attack, slander and lie about AFTAH all the time anyway. So enjoy…or not. Happy New Year!”

Just to be clear - if you don’t like nutjobs like LaBarbera attacking you in public, you need to grow a sense of humor. Who cares, indeed.

The poem itself is excruciatingly bad but worth reading in full just to take in the full scope of LaBarbera’s ignorance and stupidity.

Read I Saw the Kiss by Michael Sam. It Made Me Mad. He Kissed a Man!, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Despite NFL Snub, Michael Sam's Jersey Outsold First Round Draft Pick's In 2014

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According to an inventory analysis from Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest sports gear retailers in the US, Michael Sam’s jersey outsold NFL first pick Jadaveon Clowney’s despite Sam being cut from the St. Louis Rams, released from the Dallas Cowboys, and never actually setting foot on the football field. Similarly, Clowney saw very little time on the field after sustaining an injury during the 2014 season.

JerseySam’s jersey spiked in popularity last July after the Rams picked him up during training camp, according to the analysis. Because Sam only made it to the Cowboys’s practice squad, the franchise never licensed his jersey for mass production.

Sam recently sat down with Oprah to talk about the outpouring of support he saw from closeted gay players in the NFL after he was cut from the Cowboys. Despite Sam's widely recognized promise as a defensive end and popularity with many football fans, the Texas-born footballer has been frank about his decision to come out ultimately being the reason behind his NFL snub.

Outsports names Tony Dungy 'A--hole Of The Year': VIDEO


It takes a pretty big a--hole to beat out Russian President Vladimir Putin, but that's precisely what NFL-coach-turned-NBC-analyst Tony Dungy has done. 

In a year when Michael Sam was by far the No. 1 gay sports story, it's no surprise that the LGBT site Outsports has chosen as its "A--hole of the Year" one of Sam's biggest detractors. 

Outsports named Dungy (above left) "A--hole Of The Year" for his statement in July that he would not have drafted Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player — and for a subsequent attempt to cover up his homophobia by saying the statement was based on the fact that Sam's presence would be a distraction, not his sexual orientation. 

The deeply religious Dungy's attempted cover-up was pretty obvious given his record — which includes support for an anti-gay hate group in Indiana in 2007 and a tweet last year saying he didn't agree with openly gay NBA player Jason Collins' "lifestyle."

And Dungy's argument that Sam's presence would be a distraction seems awfully hypocritical — and that much more homophobic — in light of his previous support for other NFL players including dog-killer Michael Vick and wife-beater Ray Rice. 

All of which has continued to fuel speculation that Dungy's son, who committed suicide in 2005, was gay, according to Outsports' Cyd Ziegler: 

It's shameful that NBC continues to give this man a platform from which he can push LGBT athletes and youth deeper into the closet. ... 

People like Dungy are the worst part of sports: heralded for their "fatherly" position to some players and given a pass for creating a dynamic in sports where gay athletes are driven by fear. He needlessly gives Christians in sport a very bad name, and his designation of "father figure" in the NFL gives validity to the anti-gay beliefs of others.

Watch a video in which Ziegler plays Dungy's alter ego, AFTER THE JUMP ... 

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