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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.


Jon Stewart Reminisces About When the NFL's Biggest 'Distraction' Was Michael Sam - VIDEO

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With headlines popping up almost daily about new domestic or child abuse allegations from NFL players, Jon Stewart takes a nostalgic look back at a simpler time (i.e. last month) when the NFL's biggest fear was the possibliity of Michael Sam joining the league. 

"Remember those days, how scared the NFL was back then, that a gay man would ruin their league? Oh what the NFL wouldn't do now for that kind of distraction" 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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LSU Fraternity Apologizes for Michael Sam Gay Sex Joke Banner: VIDEO

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A fraternity at Louisiana State University has apologized for flying a game-day banner outside its house last weekend that read “Michael isn’t the only Sam getting the D tonight.” The school was playing Sam Houston State University at the time.

The Times-Picayune reports:

The Delta Kappa Epsilon's Zeta Zeta chapter displayed the message, which some deemed offensive, on what appeared to be a bed sheet secured over the entrance of the fraternity house Saturday (Sept. 6). The apology letter says the chapter will stop hanging signs in front of the DKE house "indefinitely."

"Zeta Zeta is a chapter full of rich traditions, one of them being our game day banners," the fraternity wrote.

"Though satire is sometimes the goal, crossing the line and causing offense to others is never the intent," the letter from the DKEs, addressed to LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander, said. "We truly apologize to you and all other members of the LSU community who have had to deal with the effects of this banner."

LSU, which asked the banner be taken down, said it did not condone the fraternity’s “hurtful actions” and the school’s Dean of Students K.C. White plans on meeting with interested parties to further discuss the incident.

Unfortunately, this is only the latest in a long line of offensive banners that the fraternity has flown in past years. You can check out an LSU Tiger TV report on the current controversy and previous frat banners, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Harlem Hate Pastor Warns Michael Sam Might Marry A Nine-Year-Old Boy - VIDEO

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James David Manning, birther, homophobe and chief pastor at the ATLAH World Missionary Church on 123rd Street in Harlem, New York City, has said that same-sex marriage will lead “someone like Michael Sam or others” to legally marry a 9-year-old boy, reports Right Wing Watch.

Manning suggests that such marriages will take place in “an Arabic nation or a nation without power to retort.” 6a00d8341c730253ef01a73d9063be970d-500wi

Earlier this year, Manning caused a stir with a sign outside his church advocating for the stoning of gay people.

Manning also calls same-sex marriages “fixations” and “legalized perverted orgies.”

In another truly bizarre video uploaded to his website on Monday, Manning claimed that the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a victim of “the power of sodomy” because it will “allow sodomites to march in the parade under their own banner.”

Watch Manning’s hateful ramblings, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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Bryan Fischer Says NFL 'Discriminated Against Every Heterosexual Player' By Signing Michael Sam: VIDEO

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American Family Association spokeshater Bryan Fischer, who has previously said that Michael Sam's sexual orientation is an "explosive device sitting under the floorboards of his life," is claiming the openly gay NFL player was only chosen by the Dallas Cowboys "because he's a homosexual."

Said Fischer:

What the NFL has done here is they have discriminated against every heterosexual football player that also got cut. They didn’t go to bat for those guys, they discriminated against everybody but Michael Sam.

Cowboys coach Jerry Jones has flatly denied suggestions that the NFL pressured the team to sign Sam. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

[via Right Wing Watch]

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American Decency Association to Protest Outside Cowboys Stadium Over Michael Sam Joining Team

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The American Decency Association, an evangelical advocacy organization that opposes alleged pornographic and vulgar media content, is planning an anti-gay demonstration outside the AT&T Stadium in Dallas this Sunday to protest the Cowboys signing Michael Sam to its practice squad

Texas station CBS 11 reports:

Jack Burkman heads the group which claims to have 3.62 million members in 41 states. Burkman says, “We cannot just stand idly by as Christian values and morals are trampled. We will do whatever we can to preserve family values in this country.”

The station also fielded reactions from local sports fans about Sam joining the team, with some predictably homophobic responses. 

Some callers to 105.3 The Fan made verbal tackles against Sam. One caller said, “I don’t want my kids looking up to me and say Daddy, what does that mean that he’s gay?” But other fans say with the Cowboy‎’s weak defense, they may need Michael Sam’s strengths. “If he can use the speed to get around the corner and get to the quarterback, hey, that’s all we need.” 

The ADA, you might recall, is the same organization that claimed Satan was behind Honey Maid's pro-gay "This is Wholesome" tv ad back in March. The group joined with other anti-gay bigots in boycott of the graham cracker company - which ultimately led to this awesome response from Honey Maid. 

UPDATE: Readers have tipped us about the CBS affiliate in Dallas being fed misleading information from anti-gay lobbyist Jack Burkman, as the original story has been taken down online. Additionally, the American Decency Association has a post up on their website saying that while they are totally opposed to Michael Sam's "lifestyle," they are not the bigots behind the protest. 


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