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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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
Michael Sam will take the first for the St. Louis Rams for the first time on Friday in a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. It will be an historic game as Sam will be the first openly gay player to play in any NFL game. The game will be broadcast on NFL Network.
We talk with St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports writer Jim Thomas about what we can expect to see from Sam in this game and where he sees the gay NFL rookie fitting onto the Rams' regular season roster.
Michael Sam accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs with a speech that left people across America in tears. Sam expressed a clear understanding of his role in the LGBT sports movement and in changing our culture. We talk about the speech and the next, most crucial chapter in his story: St. Louis Rams training camp and making the team.
Plus, earlier this week Major League Baseball hired Billy Bean as their first Ambassador For Inclusion. Where does this put baseball in the race to be the most inclusive pro sports league in America?
Former Wisconsin and Kansas football player Brad Thorson came out publicly on Independence Day in a post on his blog titled "Seeing through the fog."
Thorson joins us to talk about his experiences in college football and his brief stint in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, his coming out process and the reaction he's received, and finding a home in the sports world with the San Francisco Fog gay rugby team. He'll be traveling to Australia for the Bingham Cup later this year.
Outsports has more coming out stories this week -- varsity athletes at Notre Dame (Matt Dooley, tennis) and Univ. of Virginia (Parker Camp, swimming). We've had seemingly a tidal wave of stories about athletes coming out, and there are many more to come.
Plus we'll talk about an Emory University study that showed the Twitter reaction to Michael Sam being most positive in New York and least positive in Nashville. Does this tell us anything about how the fan base would receive him?
Two big stories dominated the week for Outsports. First was Monday's Mexico-Croatia game, during which Mexico fans repeatedly chanted "puto." Many have labeled it a gay slur, while others claim it is just another word that is evil to everyone, not just gays. With Mexico playing its next World Cup match this Sunday, we wonder if ESPN will have found a way to mute the word.
High school state swimming champion Jack Thorne came out publicly this week and generated a lot of buzz. Why do high school athletes continue to get so much attention for coming out of the closet? We discuss.
Canadian Olympic luger John Fennell came out publicly this week. He talked about the mental struggle of being a closeted gay man trying to compete in Sochi, where well-known laws explicitly targeted him. Fennell we'll join us, and we'll ask him about the reaction to his coming out story and his overall experience in Russia.
Plus, we'll hit on some of the other LGBT athletes talking publicly this week, including a former Baylor basketball player, a tennis player and a college runner who claims he was kicked out of school for being gay.
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