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The real tough guys, those in the US Military, now have no trouble with gays serving openly.

Heck, they have no problem with active duty military in same-sex marriage - they now get full benefits.

The NFL general managers who are being cowards right now can no longer pretend to be tough guys.  

Real tough guys stand up to bigotry.

Including their own.

Michael Sam was projected as a 3rd or perhaps a 4th round draft pick.

if he drops lower than the 4th round, then the NFL is demonstrating bigotry, and those communities with protections for gay rights should recognize that and penalize the NFL accordingly.

Oh, and the NFL absolutely should have its tax-exempt status lifted.

Years ago the Washington NFL team (whose name I will not use) had a terrific tight end named Jerry Smith, #87.   He was undersized for a tight end, but still both a terrific blocker and a terrific receiver.

Jerry Smith was gay.

He died of AIDS.

He had a quilt, which I remember seeing the last time the full quilt was displayed on the Mall.

The NFL has always has gays.

Just like the US Military did.

Just like the United State Congress does - with far too many unwilling to come out.

Michael Sam has courage.

Michael Sam has character.

Michael Sam is a terrific football player.

We have seen the embarrassment of the bigots in the NFL long enough.

It's simple

Michael Sams is admirable

Those in the NFL who anonymously are demeaning and attacking are not.

That there is any dispute over this is a sad commentary on professional football.

It's simple

It's just that simple

Either you believe in equality or you don't

and in this case, if you don't, you are repeating the racism thrown as Jackie Robinson

if you don't, you repeat the racism of the US Military, that led to the court martial of Henry Flipper, the firs African-American to graduate from West Point.

If you don't, you are repeating the sexism that still has women unable to achieve equal pay for equal work

If you don't, you demonstrate your cowardice, your fear, your lack of character.

That is why the term we use for you is not one of hater, but of fear

it's simple

you are homophobic

and as such, you are an affront to decent people.


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  •  Tip Jar (20+ / 0-)

    "Teachers teach. Well-trained teachers teach better. Great teachers change lives." - David Greene, from "Doing the Right Thing: A Teacher Speaks"

    by teacherken on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 07:56:00 PM PST

  •  Yes. Yes. Yes. (3+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, Lujane, AJayne

    The homophobes seem to go by the philosophy of 'out of sight, out of mind', or maybe more accurately, 'if I can't see it, it's not there.'

    Do they honestly believe that they're not already working and showering beside gay people? Do they honestly believe that there will only be gays if gays are 'allowed' into their special group, and that they're not there now, just forced to keep a low profile by the bigotry around them?

    Sheesh. It makes me shake my head in despair, sometimes.

    Note to bigots: Gays are already all around you. You just haven't opened your eyes and seen that they're just people. You're too afraid. And that's sad.

  •  Your simply said is quite powerful, TK. (1+ / 0-)
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    I've seen more than my share of pleas for personal tolerance of the anonymous "insider" concern trolling asserting that of course his sexuality shouldn't matter but that the time just isn't right and in another decade or two it probably won't matter then....and....and...and....

    These tired pseduo-pragmatic cliches have been debunked and rejected and riducled through reason countless times, but medusa-like they never end.  Appreciated your quick succession of strong strokes on this one.

    I like your recent style, btw, not because I didn't also appreciate much of your other writing, but mainly because we have less luxury than in the past to confront the multiple crises we face today.  Time matters more than any other in our history of decision-making.

    "It is not all books that are as dull as their readers." --Thoreau's Journal

    by blueoasis on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 09:04:33 PM PST

  •  I think Michael Sam is very courageous (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, Pi Li

    and was an outstanding college player. I have been writing comments in all of the diaries on this topic and wish him the very best in his NFL career. He is a pioneer.

    However, he is undersized for a NFL defensive end and has no experience playing outside linebacker. Before the combine he is projected to be the ninth or tenth defensive end taken in the draft. We don't know how he will do at the combine, what his 40 yard dash time will be, how many reps at 225 lbs he can bench press, or how high he can jump vertically. He could drop to the sixth or seventh round just based on his combine scores. Once you get by the first ten or twenty players where someone is taken in the draft is a very imprecise process.

    The notion that the NFL, or any of its clubs, should face some type of punishment if Michael Sam is taken after the fourth round is puzzling. Really? On what possible legal basis and how would you prove it?

    Regarding the non-profit status of the NFL this was a very misunderstood topic that traveled through the Internet the week before the Super Bowl. Each of the major US professional sport leagues, MLB, NBA, NHL, and the NFL are organized differently. In the NFL each of the 32 teams is a for profit entity and pays taxes. All the league revenues go directly to the teams. In turn each team sends an allocation to the home office, which is the not for profit entity. That home office function runs at a loss so it doesn't matter if it is taxable or not for profit. It has no annual surplus, or profit, so why should the IRS or Congress spend time changing its tax status?

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 10:50:02 PM PST

  •  Mr. Sam is ten times... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...the man that the entire entire NFL hierarchy could ever wish to become.

    They tolerate murderers, thieves, abusers, homophobes, bullies, racists...etc. But they are worried about an openly gay man?

    Tell them to talk to Pete Gent.

    "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

    by CanisMaximus on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:19:48 PM PST

  •  professional football (0+ / 0-)

    Football is not separate from the rest of life.

    It is not a commentary on football.  Football merely represents the general state of things.

    I am reminded of what Ross Perot said.  "The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river"

    you wait until the fight is over, one guy is left standing. And that's how you know who won.

    by GideonAB on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 01:27:12 AM PST

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