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Rams players enter field with “hands up, don’t shoot” salute to Ferguson

Several St. Louis Rams players came out to introductions doing the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture that people around the country have been doing to support the family of Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin led the team out of the tunnel, with their hands up. They were joined by several other players.

Later, after a touchdown by Tre Mason, Britt and Mason seemed to do the gesture in the end zone.

On Sunday, the Rams offered a few other small ways to offer support.

The Rams players, coaches and staff also locked arms during the National Anthem in a sign of support for the community.

In addition, the Rams took some steps to reach out to those affected by the unrest. The team hosted small business owners who lost their businesses to fires and volunteers who helped the ensuing cleanup efforts at the game.

The Rams also planned to play a series of public service announcements featuring Fisher and some players discussing how to build a stronger St. Louis.

 

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Arthur Ashe Courage Award

The ESPY Awards Honored Michael Sam Last Night With The Arthur Ashe Courage Award. His Acceptance Speech Was Truly Amazing

Watch The Entire Video. It Demonstrates How Much Coming Out Encourages Others.

Way To Go, Bro!

These Are Your Homophobic Sports "Heroes" Who Are Disgusted By Michael Sam

This past Saturday, Michael Sam became the first openly gay football player to be drafted in the NFL. As any young talented football player would do after finding out they made it to a NFL team, he celebrated after hearing this news. ESPN showed him kissing his significant other.

Fellow professional (and fellow college) athletes, grown men, cried out on Twitter like unprofessional babies.

I present to you, what I am dubbing, the Sports Hall of Fame of Big Giant Homophobic Children Who Can’t Handle Seeing Two Grown Men Kiss:

This is Case McCoy, the former quarterback for the University of Texas Longhorns. I am truly not sure what part of this I enjoy more: the fact that I get to post this hilarious pic of his dumb face or the fact that he went UNDRAFTED, as did every single one of his teammates, Homophobic baby? Petulant child?

Most definitely both.

Retired NFL running back Derrick Ward, who had a big retired baby Twitter temper tantrum. These are just some of his tweet: 

Don Jones, current Miami Dolphins defensive back, whom, after tweeting “omg” and “horrible” in response to Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend, was fined and suspended by his team. HaHa. Yes, feel free to point and laugh at him: 

Retired NFL wide receiver turned sports anchor, Andy McCullough, whom seemingly had a flash in the pan career because I honestly can’t find much of anything about this nobody:

Florida State linebacker DeMarcus Walker wanted to remind us of poor Tim Tebow, whom he, and other Christians who seek to play the victimization card, thinks was mocked for being Christian. In reality, DeMarcus, Tim Tebow was mocked because he sucks at football.

Marshall Henderson, who played basketball for Ole Miss, without a doubt is my favorite of all the idiots here though. He gets his own wing in this hall. He tweeted:

After receiving tons of negative response for his homophobic reactions, Marshall Henderson tried to save himself in the most hilarious of ways:

Yes, I’m sure Marshall Henderson, intelligently pictured above, very much wanted to help his nonexistent gay friend with a psychology study, which also likely does not exist.

If you see any other professional or college level athletes who shared their bigoted views of Michael Sam that are not posted here, please do send them this way.

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Like Any Other Couple

I’m Still On A High From The St. Louis Ram’s Pick Of Michael Sam In The NFL Draft On Saturday Night. His Reaction In The Moment He Realized That He Was Achieving His Dream Was Priceless! Sharing The Moment With Michael Sam Was Vito Cammisano, His Boyfriend, A Fellow Mizzou Athlete, Who Came Out While On The Swim Team For The School. Vito’s Support For Michael Was Evident, As ESPN Covered The Moment Of Michael’s Draft. The Couple, As Any Other Straight Or Gay Couple Do, Embraced And Kissed, Enjoying The Moment Of A Partner’s Good Fortune. 

Their Open Show Of Affection For Each Other Was Spontaneous, Genuine, And Natural. And It Was As Groundbreaking As Michael Sam’s Draft As An Openly Gay Athlete In The NFL. Unfortunately, As Is All Too Common On Social Media, There Are Those Who Need To Vent Mean-Spirited Thoughts In Comments. Shame On Them! But Such Comments, More Often Than Not, Spring From Deep-Seated Self-Loathing, So It Is Best To Ignore Them!

Bravo, Once Again, To Michael Sam!

Bravo Too, To Vito Cammisano!

Best Wishes To Michael In His NFL Career.

And Best Wishes To You Both No Matter Where Your Future Takes You!

Go Rams!

Michael Sam, defensive end for the St. Louis Rams, accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, California. Sam, a 2014 7th round draft pick, is the first openly gay NFL player. Despite being the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the year and an All-American, his draft stock dropped after the announcement combined with a tough combine. Regardless, after the draft his jersey was the second most ordered rookie jersey, behind only Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns.

On Sunday afternoon, inside a domed stadium about 20 kilometres from Ferguson, Mo., a group of five St. Louis Rams players walked onto the field before a game with their arms in the air, a symbolic gesture meant to “let the community know that we support them,” according to receiver Kenny Britt.

A video shows Britt and fellow receiver Tavon Austin on the field first, their hands in the air, followed shortly by receivers Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens and tight end Jared Cook amid the lights and the smoke of the pre-game festivities.

“I didn’t know anything about it,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher told reporters. “I was still in the tunnel.”

(Photo from AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)     

Athletes can be powerful agents of change. People tend to look at athletes as only athletes. But these are individuals with thoughts and opinions on societal issues like everyone else. The difference is that most of these notable sports figure don’t want to offend anyone. We value free speech, but not when it invades the bubble of Sunday football. Our common reaction when athletes weigh in on political and social issues: Just shut up and play, jerk, and stop inconveniencing my fun.

But athletes have always sent powerful messages, long before Michael Brown met Darren Wilson on that fateful afternoon in August.