Michael Sam On Dungy: "Thank God He Wasn't The St. Louis Rams Coach"

Maybe Tony Dungy really should rethink whether he would draft a guy like Michael Sam because, for a player dealing with his first NFL training camp controversy, Sam responded to Dungy's I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin' homophobia pretty perfectly. He was funny, mildly self-deprecating, and even said Tony Dungy was… » 7/22/14 8:09pm Today 8:09pm

How To Legitimize Bigotry: Embrace Debate

This morning, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless shouted at each other about Tony Dungy's comments that Michael Sam's sexuality would be an overriding distraction in an NFL locker room, and whether it was a bigger distraction that Michael Vick's return from prison. I'm sorry, that's the worst sentence I've ever typed. » 7/22/14 1:33pm Today 1:33pm

Wife Of Ravens Player Ponders Drake, Michael Sam, And Hitler

Lauren Cox is married to Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox, and she maintains a personal blog where she shares her thoughts on all manner of topics. This isn't something that is really worth pointing out under normal circumstances, but she just wrote something about Drake's "Side Pieces" ESPYs performance and how it… » 7/18/14 10:38am Friday 10:38am

There's Nothing Awkward About A Bunch Of Athletes Showering Together

The always-enjoyable David Fleming has a story about communal showers in this week's ESPN The Magazine. It's nominally about the Michael Sam controversy, and asserts that no one cares if a gay man is looking at penises in the locker room—because everyone is looking at penises in the locker room. » 7/10/14 5:34pm 7/10/14 5:34pm

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

In May, Michael Sam became the first openly gay man to be drafted into the NFL. Seconds later, he became the first openly gay man to kiss his boyfriend after being drafted into the NFL. A handful of Americans complained about the latter; you get the sense they were just as upset about the former. » 6/18/14 5:42pm 6/18/14 5:42pm

Michael Sam Is Doing A Reality Show, And That Sucks

So Michael Sam has a reality show now, and I'm just gonna go ahead and align myself with the HOT TAKES crowd and say that Sam just pissed away a whole lot of the goodwill he'd built up for himself these past few months. They can class up the announcement all they like. They can call it a "documentary" series even… » 5/15/14 2:56pm 5/15/14 2:56pm

How To Explain Michael Sam And His Boyfriend To Your 7-Year-Old Child

This is a difficult thing, because small children won't believe you when you tell them that Michael Sam is the first openly gay player ever to be drafted into the National Football League, and will respond with genuine bewilderment when you explain why this is—why there have been no other NFL players who have been… » 5/12/14 3:32pm 5/12/14 3:32pm

Michael Sam Selected By St. Louis Rams With 249th Overall Pick

With just eight picks remaining in the 2014 draft, the St. Louis Rams selected SEC Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam. It took nearly the whole damned draft for Sam to get selected—consider in the last six years no SEC Defensive Player of the Year had been selected later than 17th overall before him—but Sam… » 5/10/14 7:01pm 5/10/14 7:01pm