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Michael Sam Sr.: 'I Love My Son, And I Don't Care What He Do'

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When Michael Sam Jr. was a member of the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, he lived just a few miles from his 55-year-old father, Michael Sam Sr., who's wheelchair-bound in a nursing home in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto, Texas.

Some family members hoped the short distance would allow the largely estranged men to reconcile, but according to BuzzFeed's Joel Anderson, they never spoke, instead exchanging only a few text messages.

In his in-depth piece about the Sams' complicated father-son relationship, Anderson attempts to resolve discrepancies between Michael Sr.'s version of events and how they were portrayed by the media and publicists in the wake of Michael Jr.'s coming out. Michael Jr. declined to be interviewed for the story.

It's a rather heartbreaking tale that recounts how Michael Jr.'s sister drowned at 2, while one brother was shot to death, another disappeared, and two others have spent much of their lives behind bars. When Michael Jr. was born, his parents had divorced, but they would later remarry before splitting for good.

Even so, Michael Sr. claims he put a roof over his son's head — while the media has reported that a white family in the small town of Hitchcock, Texas, where Michael Jr. grew up, took care of him. Michael Sr., who taught his son to play football, swears he attended every one of Michael Jr.'s home games during his senior year of high school — but one of his son's coaches disputes that.

Media reports portrayed Michael Sr. as a stereotypically absent black father and a homophobe who had rejected his son. But BuzzFeed's Anderson seems to conclude that at this point, it's more about Michael Jr. rejecting his father and other family members, though perhaps understandably.

In any case, Michael Sr. insists that the distance between them should have little to do with the fact that his son is gay. Although Michael Sr. told a local newspaper that he loved his son unconditionally, his comments to The New York Times have been more widely publicized: “I don’t want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment. I’m old school. I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy.”

But as Anderson, who visited Michael Sr. in Texas, puts it:

Michael Sr. is never going to be the spokesman for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. He’s not thrilled about his son’s sexual orientation. But he also hasn’t disowned his son. He never says his son is going to hell. He doesn’t talk about trying to cure him or make him straight. In his own rough-hewn, coarse way, Michael Sr. has accepted that his son is gay. “I love my son,” he said, “and I don’t care about what he do.”

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Former NFL Star Deion Sanders: Being Gay 'Could Be' a Choice Because God 'Doesn't Make Mistakes' - VIDEO

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Deion Sanders, a retired NFL Hall of Fame cornerback and current commentator for CBS Sports, shared his thoughts on Michael Sam and homosexuality in a recent interview with Larry King. 

After a condescending remark about reaching out to Sam in order to help him "understand the burden and the weight that he's carrying," Sanders was asked by King whether he believed being gay is a choice.

"It could be," Sanders answered.  

When King followed up with "Who would choose it?" Sander replied "who wouldn't?" before mumbling about how God doesn't "make mistakes."

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Homophobic Minnesota Vikings Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer Returns From Suspension

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 1.33.08 PMMinnesota Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer is being reinstated today after sitting out two games of his three game suspension. Priefer’s suspension came earlier this year following accusations from former Vikings kicker Chris Kluwe claiming that Priefer was active and central to the promotion of locker room homophobia and general hostility.

“Mike Priefer also said on multiple occasions that I would wind up burning in hell with the gays, and that the only truth was Jesus Christ and the Bible.” Kluwe wrote in an open letter Deadspin published in January. “He said all this in a semi-joking tone, and I responded in kind, as I felt a yelling match with my coach over human rights would greatly diminish my chances of remaining employed."

While Priefer denied the accusations against him, a third party investigation into the matter corroborated at least one of Kluwe’s claims of homophobic exchanges with priefer. Kluwe, who claimed that he was let go from the Vikings because of his support of the LGBT community, recently reached a settlement with the Minnesota team after threatening to sue.

"I regret what has occurred and what I said.” Priefer said in a press conference following his suspension. “I am extremely sorry but I will learn from this situation and will work on educating others to create more tolerance and respect."


Fox News Guest Host Wonders If Ray Rice Would Have Been Punished More Had He Punched a Gay Guy: VIDEO

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In a segment Tuesday on Fox News' Outnumbered discussing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's indefinite suspension by the NFL, guest host Bernie McGuirk began a short rant about how the NFL goes about punishing its players for bad behavior.

Said McGuirk:

"The NFL will suspend you for pot for half a year. The Dolphins guy was suspended for expressing his opinion on the gay kiss. He was sent to re-indoctrination camp, he was fine. I mean if he would have punched a gay guy in the elevator, this Ray Rice, he probably would have been charged with a hate crime. He wouldn't have been in the NFL anymore..."

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Fox News On Ray Rice Elevator Assault: 'I Think The Message Is, Take The Stairs' - VIDEO

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In the wake of the scandal surrounding NFL Ravens' player Ray Rice being caught on camera assaulting his then fiance while on an elevator, Fox & Friends yesterday decided to place the blame for the assault squarely on the shoulders of the victim, Janay Rice, and suggest the biggest take away from the whole incident was to make sure to assault people where there aren't any cameras around. Think Progress reports:

Responding to the video, Fox host Brian Kilmeade on Monday blasted the victims of domestic violence, criticizing Palmer (now Janay Rice) and other women who don’t break up with their partner after a domestic violence incident, saying they send a “terrible message.”

Kilmeade then proceeded to provide mocking advice to Palmer, quipping, “I think the message is, take the stairs.” Co-host Steve Doocey gamely joined in, “The message is, when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera.”

Today, Fox & Friends responded to the backlash by stating, “Comments that were made during this story made some feel like we are taking the situation too lightly. We are not, we were not. Domestic violence is a very serious issue to us, I can assure you.”

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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. 

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[via Right Wing Watch]

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