ESPN’s Body Issue Features 1st Gay Couple

These two attractive women deserve this honor. So thrilled to see ESPN taking this critical step.

Soccer player Megan Rapinoe and WNBA star Sue Bird just became the first openly gay couple to appear on the cover of ESPN’s iconic body issue.

“It’s important for people to come out. Visibility is important,” Rapinoe, 32, told ESPN’s Jemele Hill in an interview published Monday. “It’s important for there to be a first one on the cover [of the body issue], or whatever. Just in terms of the culture and society, someone has to do it.”

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Michael Sam Set To Sign With The Dallas Cowboys

I know I posted about this initially back in the Spring since Michael is the first openly gay NFL player, but I haven’t posted since, though I’ve been following the story. I am a fan of football, just not a fanatic. I don’t play fantasy football nor do I leave my television on ESPN all season long. lol

For those who don’t know, Mr Sam was picked during the draft by the St Louis Rams. He was cut from their roster last Saturday as the teams are allowed only a certain number of players. He wasn’t picked up for their ten man practice squad. Some people believe it is due to the NFL’s homophobia while teams are defending themselves claiming it is that they don’t want the media hype that he brings to the team.

Seems the Dallas Cowboys are willing to take the media risk.

Michael Sam, the first out gay player drafted into the NFL, is poised to sign with the Dallas Cowboys, according to multiple reports.

Sam will be brought to Dallas for a physical on Wednesday and then likely assigned to the Cowboys’ practice squad, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Cyd Zeigler of OutSports.

Sam was cut by the St. Louis Rams, the team that drafted him, on Saturday afternoon and was passed over by the remaining 31 NFL teams over the weekend. He became a free agent when no team signed him to its practice squad.

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Colorado State Assistant Football Coach, Suspended For Anti-Gay Slur

Guess these guys have no clue that modern technology allows pretty much all chatter on the field and on the sidelines to be picked up by audio recording devices. You only have to watch ESPN to learn that.

A Colorado State University assistant football coach has been suspended for two weeks without pay after being caught using an anti-gay slur on camera during the Gildan New Mexico Bowl last weekend.

Lupfer, CSU’s defensive line coach, reportedly called the quarterback of the opposing team, Connor Halliday, a “f*cking faggot” after he threw a touchdown pass during the first half of the game, according to the Coloradan. In addition to being suspended without pay, the coach will have to undergo both anger management and diversity training sessions at his own expense, ESPN noted.

“I accept these consequences — two weeks without pay and the training programs — and I am thankful for this second chance to continue coaching at Colorado State and be a part of the Ram Family,” Lupfer said in a statement as cited by CBS Sports. “I am deeply sorry for my behavior, which does not represent who I am or my values. I embrace the opportunity to participate in anger management and diversity sensitivity training. I was angry and careless with my words, and my words hurt many people. I sincerely apologize to the GLBTQ community for causing pain by using a slur without considering its meaning. I take ownership of my words and fully understand why people are very upset.”

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