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Anti-Gay Lobbyist Jack Burkman Launches Boycott Of NFL Rams And Visa Over Michael Sam

Jack Burkman — an anti-gay lobbyist who is an embarrassment to his own gay brother — has followed through on his promise to unleash a “relentless” Christian boycott against the NFL team that drafted openly gay football player Michael Sam.

WowHe’s also including Visa in his boycott for signing an endorsement deal with Sam.

The PR News Channel reports:

Burkman says he unleashed powerful grassroots organizations he assembled in 27 of the 50 states which will lead the boycott efforts. And he says he has mobilized a coalition of evangelical Christian leaders from across the nation to join the boycott.

“Visa and the Rams will learn that when you trample the Christian community and Christian values, there will be a terrible financial price to pay,” says Burkman. “Openly gay football players send a terrible message to our youth about morality. Somebody needs to step up because the moral fiber of the nation is eroding.”

In the boycott he’s leading against Visa, Burkman says he is urging the public to sell Visa stock they may own and to stop using Visa cards.

Burkman says he is also urging Rams fans to not buy team merchandise and is calling on season ticket holders to stay away from games.

Burkman has also drafted a go-nowhere Senate Bill that would ban openly gay players from major league sports. Sam himself zinged Burkman’s bill back in February by tweeting, “Jack Burkman is going to need a Delorian, not some bogus bill, if he wants to prevent gay athletes from being in the locker room.”


Out Former Football Player Wade Davis Opens Up About Being Gay In The NFL: VIDEO

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With Michael Sam becoming the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, former NFL player Wade Davis, who publicly came out in 2012, almost a decade after he retired from the sport, is sharing what it was like being a closeted gay black man in the NFL in the early 2000s. In an interview with Al Jazeera America Davis tells how football provided a mask that helped him hide his sexual orientation: “No one ever questioned me as being a gay male because I played football.” Davis went on to say that, for him, coming out while he was still an active player was never an option:

It was something that I really never even thought about. I thought that it was not possible for someone to be a gay male and play the sport of football…It was something that I kind of was domesticated to believe from the age of 7 on up, that football and being gay just didn’t mix.

Wade3Davis, the Executive Director of the 'You Can Play Project', a group working to support LGBT rights and fight homophobia in sports, recently spoke with league coaches and general managers in the NFL about homophobia and how to tackle problems that could arise from having a gay player in the locker room. For his part, Davis explains that the locker room and in particular the showers never provided him with any difficulties:

Well, first of all, most guys look terrible naked, right? [Laughs.] Secondly, those are my brothers. I tell people often, if you put a man in a locker room with women, there’s a chance that he may be excited or aroused. But if those women are his sisters, there is no attraction there.

And so my teammates were my brothers. So, whether they were naked or not didn’t really matter to me.

Davis also delved into why being an openly gay football player might be different than being an out individual in other sports:


I think that football is like this sport that we deem as these gladiator superhuman men, right? I think that the way that we view men and masculinity really plays a role in that. So this idea that someone who can be gay and play this hypermasculine sport, people often think that those two things can’t coexist. I think that there is shortsightedness in the way that we look at men and also in the way that we look at sports. I do a lot of work with the NFL, and I do say that football is about toughness and masculinity and combat. But there are also even higher levels of family, of solidarity, of compassion that people don’t talk about when they think about sports. If you watch a game on Sunday now, as soon as the player gets hurt, you’ll see players from both teams come around and start saying a prayer. After a game, win or lose, there are guys who shake hands, they hug. These are gentlemen who exist in a very violent sport, but the love and the passion that they have for the sport and for each other is actually greater than those other aspects of it. 

Perhaps most poignantly, Davis offers some advice to young LGBT athletes: “Don’t let the love of your sport overshadow the need to love yourself.”

You can watch Parts 1 and 2 of Davis’ interview with Al Jazeera America, AFTER THE JUMP…

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Dallas Sports Anchor Dale Hansen and FRC Spokeshater Discuss Michael Sam’s ESPN Kiss: VIDEO

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Dallas sports anchor Dale Hansen and Ken Blackwell of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council appeared on yesterday's CNN Tonight to discuss Michael Sam’s emotional reaction to being drafted into the NFL as well as Sam’s future prospects with the league.

Hansen, whose February speech in support of Sam went viral, was his usual articulate self while Blackwell went through the FRC talking points of ESPN and Sam trying to advance a homosexual “agenda” by televising Sam's kiss with his boyfriend.

Said Blackwell: 

Sam kissI thought the kiss was inappropriate and over the top, but I am just surprised with the duplicity among owners and leadership of the NFL. I take it it was just a few years ago when there were players who criticized Tim Tebow for wearing his faith on his sleeve. There were folks who basically said he was not a good football player; that's why they were critical of him, not because he was a professed Christian who practiced his faith in all aspects of his life.

I -- I really do question the network's judgment, editorial judgment in putting the kiss on -- on TV. Look, this is a very clear opportunity for Mr. Sam and others to co-op a professional sports, in this case the NFL, as a platform and as a force multiplier for advancing their agenda.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

[via Equality Matters]

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Michael Sam: 'If Someone Disowns You (for Being Gay), Be Part of My Family' - VIDEO

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Michael Sam appeared this afternoon at a press conference with the St. Louis Rams where he fielded questions about joining the team and making history as the first openly gay player in the NFL.

One of the questions referred to a kid who came out of the closet to his father after Sam was drafted:

"I'm honored that I helped someone to be comfortable with who we are - gave them a little courage to speak to his father. But right now I'm just looking forward to continue on my dream. And if it inspires other people. Hey, I'm with you. And anyone that's not okay with that, like I said earlier, if someone disowns you, be part of my family. I'll welcome you. Ram up!"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michael Sam's NFL Jersey is the #2 Seller of the Draft

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Do you want a $99.95 Michael Sam St. Louis Rams football jersey to commemorate the historic first openly gay player ever to be drafted into the NFL? Of course you do… and so does everybody else:

The uniform of Michael Sam, the league's first openly gay player, is the No. 2 seller from the NFL draft, according to NFLShop.com.

The top-selling uniform belongs to Johnny Manziel, the quarterback taken in the first round by the Cleveland Browns. The league's online shop did not release the number of jerseys sold, only the rankings. But it did say this was the biggest draft weekend for sales in the site's history.

Manziel, who was drafted by Cleveland, had an advantage in terms of uniform sales since he was taken on Thursday night. Jerseys from quarterbacks are typically more popular than those of defensive players like Sam.

Sam, who was a seventh-round pick by St. Louis, wasn't selected until Saturday night. But his fame and personal story has already sparked more sales than two other high-profile quarterbacks taken in the first round Thursday -- Teddy Bridgewater, who was drafted by Minnesota, and Blake Bortles, the first quarterback drafted when he was picked No. 3 overall by Jacksonville.

Sam's uniforms have also outsold those of Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 pick overall who was drafted by Houston.

So much for that anti-gay blowhard lobbyist who promised a boycott against the team that drafted Sam — behold the power of the pink dollar!


Stephen Colbert Throws a Penalty Flag on Michael Sam's Draft Kiss: VIDEO

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Stephen Colbert threw down a flag on the Michael Sam draft play - "Holding!" "Unnecessary tenderness!"

Adds Colbert: "Folks this is just wrong. In the NFL sexuality is supposed to take place OFF CAMERA. And the fans should only find out about it when the charges are filed."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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