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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. 


Michael Sam: Joining the Dallas Cowboys Is 'A Dream Come True' - VIDEO

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After officially signing with the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday morning and participating in a team practice that saw him receive his official team number (#46), the NFL's first openly gay player Michael Sam, who grew up in Texas, tweeted how happy and grateful he is to be a Cowboy

All accounts indicate that Sam will be a particular asset to the Cowboys because of their defensive troubles in recent years.

Sam's being given a spot on the Cowboys' practice squad is no doubt historic, a fact that Cyd Zeigler from OutSports suggests is implied in Sam's new jersey number:

Michael Sam will wear No. 46 with the Dallas Cowboys. That number happens to be the year the Rams signed the NFL's first black players, Kenny Washington and Woody Strode. It's also the year Jackie Robinson and John Wright broke Major League Baseball's color barrier when they reported to the Brooklyn Dodgers' farm team, the Montreal Royals. Robinson took the field for the Dodgers the following year, in 1947.

Watch a video of  Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett speaking with reporters about Texas' newest Cowboy, AFTER THE JUMP...

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First Look: Michael Sam In Dallas Cowboys Jersey

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After signing Michael Sam to their practice squad earlier today, the Dallas Cowboys tweeted a photo of Michael Sam on the field in a Dallas jersey, stating simply: ".@MichaelSamNFL will wear #46". No doubt, there will be high demand for #46 once the jersey goes on sale.

Watch a video just released by the Cowboys detailing Sam's strengths as a defensive end HERE.


Dallas Cowboys Planning to Sign Michael Sam

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Michael Sam, who was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, looks set to join the Dallas Cowboys practice squad if he passes a physical exam, NFL.com reports:

The Dallas Cowboys plan to bring the free-agent defensive end in for a physical on Wednesday, a team source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. If the rookie passes, Sam will be added to the team's practice squad...

...The Cowboys spent Tuesday calling their own players to gauge reaction to making Sam a Cowboy. With the Rams out of the picture, Dallas looms as a solid fit for last year's SEC o-Defensive Player of the Year because of the team's 4-3 scheme and a desperate need for help on defense.

ESPN and CBS Sports confirmed the reports...

Sam's pre-season showing (2.5 sacks, including Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns) was nothing to scoff at, leading some to speculate that homophobia in the NFL was to blame for the Rams snub.


OutSports Founder Cyd Zeigler Talks Michael Sam And The NFL's Homophobia

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Founder of OutSports Cyd Zeigler sat down with the NFL Network to discuss the St. Louis Rams' decision to cut Michael Sam and not offer him a position on the team's practice squad. Commenting on how much Sam's sexuality has influenced his current position, Zeigler commented, “I don’t believe [Sam's] not at the St. Louis Rams because he is gay. I believe he is not in the NFL because he is gay.” You'll recall that once Sam was cut from the Rams' roster, the 31 other teams in the NFL had 24 hours to either add Sam to their roster or their practice squad. No team chose to do so, leaving Sam's prospects in the NFL uncertain. 

When asked whether the media played a role in Sam's ultimately not being offered a position by an NFL Team, Zeigler made sure to bring up the now notorious report by ESPN on Sam's showering habits in the Rams locker room:

"I think the media played a big role. Last week’s report by ESPN about his showering habits hurt him. I think that it was going so well for a few weeks in the preseason, we were just talking about Michael Sam the football player then all of a sudden last week it was a big reminder of the power of him being gay in the locker room and how much people want to talk about that. And that’s sad to me...He has to [end up on a team’s practice squad]. 

Though Sam faces an uphill battle getting on another team’s practice squad after failing to make the Rams’ squad, Zeigler believes that his talent and ability merit a spot on an NFL team: “If he is not on at least a practice squad in the next couple of weeks right now we have to say that the NFL has a big problem with homophobia."

However, Zeigler still has faith that Sam will ultimately find a place in the NFL, commenting that the organization is in his eyes, "a meritocracy” and that Sam will ultimately find a home on an NFL team for one simple reason: “Sam is too good.”

You can watch Zeigler's interview HERE


Michael Sam Goes Unclaimed By 31 NFL Teams, Rams Pass On Offering Him Practice Squad Spot: VIDEO

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Michael Sam's prospects of becoming the first openly gay NFL player dimmed over the weekend - with Sam failing to be claimed by the other 31 NFL teams after being cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday. The Rams also passed on signing Sam onto their team's 10-man practice squad.

Outsports' Jim Buzinski reports on Sam's current situation:

With the Rams out of the picture for now, the number of teams possible to pick up Sam has dwindled. He plays defensive end in a 4-3 system, and that is used by only half the teams. Of that half, most teams are already set at defensive line, so Sam would need to find a team that has a need for his skills. [...]

If Sam fails to be signed to a practice squad this week, he can work out on his own and be ready in case a team needs his services during the season. He can also explore playing in the Canadian Football League, which would at least get him playing time. Teams must announce practice squad acquisitions by 4 p.m. each day, and with the season starting in less than a week, it appears highly unlikely Sam will be on an NFL team this week.

Buzinski also pointed out that, according to NFL data site Pro Football Focus, Sam was rated the 44th best out of 100 defensive ends in a 4-3 scheme - making his inability to secure a practice squad spot puzzling. Previously, Outsports stated that if the other 31 NFL teams passed on Sam - who led the Rams in tackles and sacks in the four-game preseason - homophobia would be a contributing factor

Others, such as Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Eric Wood, placed blame on ESPN's continuous (and, at times, sensational) coverage of Sam's preseason. 

Last week, Rams' head coach Jeff Fisher praised Sams' preseason performance, saying "I believe he can play in this league." Sam himself was also pleased with his performance and said he was "very confident" he would make an NFL roster. 

Watch an ESPN segment with NFL analyst and former coach Herman Edwards sharing his advice for Sam, AFTER THE JUMP...

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