"You're Gay?" Michael Sam Asked The Writer, And Then The Mask Dropped

Earlier today, we republished a profile of Michael Sam that originally appeared in Out Magazine. Within the story, there is a moment when Sam realizes that the reporter he's talking to—grudgingly—is gay. The mask drops, and you can almost feel his relief radiating off the page. From the story: » 8/27/14 5:44pm 8/27/14 5:44pm

What If Baseball's Unwritten Rules Applied To Real Life?

Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Drew Magary is on summer vacation with his family, because he's basically John Candy. My name is A.J. Daulerio, substitute funbaggot. Today we're offering pithy, sometimes thoughtful responses about life's rich… » 7/29/14 2:49pm 7/29/14 2:49pm

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 7/22/14 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 7/22/14 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 7/18/14 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