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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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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

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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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Michael Sam on Whether His 'Cake Kiss' Was Staged and If He Thinks Homophobia Is Why He's Not In the NFL: VIDEO

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Sitting down with Oprah for an interview that aired on OWN last night, Michael Sam was asked about the infamous "cake kiss" he shared with boyfriend Vito Cammisano that aired on ESPN after Sam was drafted to the St. Louis Rams late in the seventh round of the NFL draft. 

Oprah asked Sam whether the kiss was staged for the cameras, as well as whether he thought the kiss itself was "too much" for America and the NFL to handle

In a separate clip, Oprah asked Sam if he thinks he isn't in the NFL now because he "wasn't good enough to play" or because he's gay.

Find out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Did you watch the interview and documentary? What did you think?

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Michael Sam Opens Up About the Other Gay NFL Players Who Reached Out to Him: VIDEO

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In a promo for Oprah's interview with Michael Sam that airs tonight, Sam talks about the gay men in the NFL who reached out to him to commend Sam for his courage being openly gay.

Sam wouldn't specify the exact number, saying only that a "very few" contacted him, before adding: "there's a lot of us out there."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And be sure to catch Oprah's full interview with Sam tonight at 10:30 pm PT on OWN following the premiere of the Michael Sam documentary at 9 PT. 

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FRC Radio Host Craig James Isn't Sure About Executing Gays, But He's All For Dying To Deny Them Equal Rights

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Craig James, a former TV football analyst, is fond of saying he was fired by Fox Sports merely because of his views against same-sex marriage. 

But it's beginning to seem more likely that Fox Sports let James go because he's a total wingnut with a variety of extremist anti-gay views, which he only began to publicly articulate in 2012 during a failed campaign for US Senate in Texas.  

Those views have come much more into focus during James' current tenure as a radio host for the Family Research Council, an anti-gay hate group. 

The most recent example was Friday, when James spoke with a caller to FRC's "Washington Watch" program.  

Right Wing Watch reports: 

“I want to say something very horrific, a solution, and I think it’s the right solution,” said the caller, who said his name was Phillip. “We pray for the homosexuals, we’ve prayed for our enemies but at the same time when they try to force us to go against God, I think that’s where they cross the line and we should pass laws to execute them when they have judges to go against our businesses.”

And here's James' response: 

"Thank you Phillip. You know what, that part there, I don’t know about the executing, but I do know that we have to be bold and firm and much stronger. God doesn’t tell us and calls us that we have to be timid and to stand for our straight — our beliefs. I’m doing a course right now in seminary and it’s the history of the early church and it’s fascinating, there’s been lots and lots and lots of men and women who have died for their Christian beliefs since the beginning and now we are in a time in this country and in this world where we must be bold and stand for God and His truths." 

In other words, James isn't sure about executing gay people, but he's all for dying to stop them from getting equal rights.

Is there a difference? 

It sounds like James, a one-time NFL running back, would probably do whatever it takes to win — but I suspect the outcome of this struggle will be similar to that of his Senate campaign, when he ended up with 4 percent of the vote.  

Listen to the audio, AFTER THE JUMP ... 

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