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Now that Michael Sam has been drafted in the NFL by the St. Louis
Rams, we look into his chances of making the roster and playing as
an openly gay player. Sam made national news by coming out as
openly gay in February.
On Saturday, he was taken in the 7th round by the St. Louis Rams
and his kiss with his boyfriend became the talk of the sports
world. Now that he has a team, the question will be whether Sam can
make the Rams' roster.
Outsports has been publishing for 15 years, ever since Jim Buzinski and Cyd Zeigler sat down at a coffee house on Cape Cod and came up with the idea. Since then they have covered gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in sports like no other, carrying more coming-out stories in sports than any other publication in the world.
We look back at some of the stories we've felt were more important over the last 15 years, the changes we've seen, and some of the key lessons we've learned.
Outsports was in the middle of the planning and breaking of the Michael Sam story. We talk about what we knew, when we knew it, and what the road ahead looks like for Michael.
Openly gay former Minor League baseball pitcher John Dellinger joins the Outsports podcast. He'll talk about life after baseball, any changes he may have seen in baseball for gay athletes, and of course the Major League Baseball playoffs that seem to already have everyone in sports talking.
Also, we've seen some homophobic or crude comments and signs referring to Michael Sam showing up around football. Are these offensive? Distasteful? Is it just college "boys being boys"? And is that "excuse" even worthy?
We'll talk about the Ray Rice issue today, how the NFL and other pro leagues are falling behind on social issues and whether sports should be - or even can be - just about X's and O's.
Then we'll be joined today by Nate Alfson, the gay volleyball and baseball coach who came out publicly on Outsports this summer. He works at a Catholic high school and has embarked on his 2014/15 season. What has been the reaction from the locals in town and the school? We find out today.
The NFL officials are making it crystal clear to teams this week that gay slurs will not be tolerated on the field. While officials have had the ability to determine various actions "unsportsmanlike conduct," this new policy makes those slurs explicitly against the rule and punishable with a 15-yard penalty. Yet other leagues suspend players for the same incident. Is a 15-yard penalty in football enough?
Plus, the Gay Games kick off next week. Outsports will be there covering the Games from Cleveland all week. We reminisce about some of our favorite Gay Games memories and invite you to share yours!
A junior high school coach in Iowa came out to a "homophobic" friend after a Hawkeyes basketball game and got quite the response. We'll talk about Evan Risk's great story and whether he's in "rural" Iowa or not.
Plus, the National Association of Basketball Coaches created a policy that forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation. Openly gay high school basketball coach Anthony Nicodemo, who helped encourage the NABC to adopt a policy, will join us to talk about the great new step for the association.
Robert Griffin III tried to wear a T-shirt at a post-game Washington press conference until he was stopped by someone from the NFL or the team. The T-shirt said "Know Jesus Know Peace" and, simultaneously, "No Jesus No Peace." The reaction to our story on the shirt was strong, largely from Christians who took offense at Cyd Zeigler's distaste for the second message of the shirt.
Plus, the NFL can't seem to get anyone to focus on the games that are being played as stories of domestic violence encircle Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and others.
UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon came out publicly as gay this week on Outsports and ESPN, making him the first Div. 1 male basketball player to do so. We'll talk about the impact of his story and Outsports' role in telling it.
We'll also be joined by Anthony Nicodemo, who has spent that last two weekends with Gordon and who was instrumental in helping the young athlete find the courage to come out. Nicodemo, boys basketball coach at Saunders High School, came out publicly as gay on Ousports last year.
The NFL season kicks off Thursday, and we'll take a look at the teams we think are on the rise and which are headed for a decline. There are some great storylines to watch as the season approaches - we'll hit on some of them.
Plus, it was a big week for Michael Sam. Yet with the NFL season finally underway, Sam's story will take a backseat until he makes the Dallas Cowboys' active roster and plays in a game. After months of intense scrutiny, it will probably be a good break for Sam to play in the background of the NFL for a while.
Outsports' Cyd Zeigler was at the NFL annual meeting this year and saw a shift in the league on gay issues. Former NFL player and You Can Play executive director Wade Davis gave two presentations to owners, coaches and front office execs of the 32 NFL teams, and many left calling the presentation "fantastic." Will it open up true dialogue within the teams? We'll talk about it.
Plus, millions fell for the "Jeff Gordon is gay" story on the Internet this week. This seems to be happening every couple of months now. Is there value in these fake stories?
ESPN's report by Josina Anderson this week about Michael Sam's shower habits in the St. Louis Rams locker room has stirred quite a controversy about how the media should report on gay athletes, with seemingly everyone from Sam's teammates to his coach to countless members of the media taking ESPN to task. Why is it not an appropriate topic for a report? We'll discuss.
Also joining us will be former Nebraska kicker Eric Lueshen and former Augsburg College linebacker Scott Cooper, both of whom will share their thoughts on the story and what it's really like in a football locker room.
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