Robbie Rogers discusses two years of being an openly gay athlete
The MLS’s LA Galaxy has been releasing videos featuring team members. Among them is Robbie Rogers who discusses his first game after coming out. Although he certainly made history by becoming the first professional athlete to come out and continuing to play, he talks about trying to move from being a gay soccer player to being just a soccer player. Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9edSnIwA8s
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Clemson University’s coach pulls out of anti-gay event
Following a Change.org petition started by Clemson University students and alumni who were aided by GLAAD, Clemson’s head football coach Dabo Swinney agreed to withdraw from an upcoming anti-LGBT fundraiser. Coach Swinney issued the following statement:
I was recently selected by the Palmetto Family Council, an organization with which I have no association, as their ‘South Carolina Family Champion of 2015’ and was invited to receive this recognition at an event sponsored by the group on June 2. I had no idea that I was being invited into a political controversy. It was my understanding that the nomination and election for this award was based on the work done by our “All In Foundation” and the difference it is making in our community. My acceptance of this award was to be on behalf of all the volunteers that make our foundation a success. The work of our foundation is intended to build a better community and be a positive influence.
“Recently, my scheduled participation in this event has been perceived incorrectly as an endorsement of certain viewpoints and has entered the political arena. I have been out of town since last Thursday and am disappointed that this has become a distraction for me, my team and many others. I have been and continue to be very open about my personal beliefs. However, I do not inject those beliefs or the work of the foundation into the political process.
“I appreciate the recognition of my and the foundation’s efforts. However, after much thought, in order to avoid a distraction for the team and the entire football program, I’ve decided it is in the best interests of all involved that I not attend the event on June 2.”
Read the full story here: http://www.glaad.org/blog/after-calls-clemson-community-coach-swinney-bows-out-anti-lgbt-event
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NFL’s Ray McDonald released after additional domestic violence charges
Former Bears and 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested a second time this week. This arrest came on Wednesday in Santa Clara, California after McDonald allegedly violated a restraining order and terms of his probation. The violation of his restraining order came after his arrest Monday on charges of child endangerment and domestic violence after he was reported to have assaulted a woman while she was holding a baby.
The Chicago Bears fired McDonald approximately six hours after his arrest. This was McDonald’s second related arrest in the last year although charges were not originally filed when he was still with the 49ers. He then played 14 games in the 2014 season but the 49ers released him last December when he was named in a sexual assault investigation.
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U.S. indicts 14 FIFA officials In attempt to end graft in international soccer
Hours after Swiss authorities arrived unannounced at a Zurich hotel, top FIFA officials were arrested early Wednesday morning. The U.S. Justice Department and prosecutors for the Eastern District of New York forcefully declared that their investigation had only just begun and pledged to rid the international soccer organization of systemic corruption.
“These individuals and organizations engaged in bribery to decide who would televise games, where the games would be held, and who would run the organization overseeing organized soccer worldwide,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, who supervised the investigation from its earliest stages, beginning when she was the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “They did this over and over, year after year, tournament after tournament.”
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Michael Sam on joining the Canadian Football League
“I’m not trying to really do anything historic here by being with Montreal. I’m just trying to help the team win some games so we can bring the Grey Cup back home,” said Michael Sam on Tuesday at a news conference.
“There was a reason why I came out to my team – because I didn’t want to live a life behind the closet anymore,” he continued.
“Eventually it was going to come out anyway, so I have no regrets. I’m happy with myself. I’m living my life the way I want to live,” said the former SEC Defensive Player of the Year following a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes, part of the Canadian Football League.
Sam agreed with general manager Jim Popp, who said that Sam would fit playing the position of pass rusher.
“My size fits as a pass rusher,” Sam said. “I led my team in preseason in sacks, and that was in the NFL, so I’m a pass rusher. Doesn’t matter where I’m at.”
Sam is engaged to his fiancé Vito Cammisano, proposing to him while at the Vatican earlier this year.
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