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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.”

Watch the news clip showing the incendiary comments, 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. 

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UK Football Hunks Lace Up With Rainbows to Help Kick Homophobia Out of Sports: VIDEO

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Gay rights group Stonewall is teaming up with football stars from across the UK for another year of Rainbow Laces - a campaign to show support for LGB players and fans.

Said Stonewall [via video description]:

We've teamed up with Paddy Power, Arsenal, The Gay Football Supporters Network and loads more to send Rainbow Laces to every professional football player and club in Britain. We're asking players to wear the laces during the weekend of 13/14 September to show their support for kicking homophobia out of the beautiful game. 

Check out the campaign's video featuring a few of the UK's hunky athletes, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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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