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August 30, 2014

If not selected by a team, the St. Louis Rams can put the rookie on its practice squad

Michael Sam was waived by the St. Louis Rams.

The team made the announcement  today, 30 August, the day National Football League squads are required to reduce rosters to the 53-player maximum.

August 30, 2014

'Mike's got the ability to play some place'

The St. Louis Rams coach is certain there's a team for Michael Sam.

The out National Football League rookie was not named to the Ram's 53-man roster today (30 August).

Coach Jeff Fisher held a press conference to discuss how the coaches made their decisions.

In response to questions about Sam, the coach insisted football was the only consideration.

August 29, 2014

'I’m going to sleep really well tonight'

Michael Sam will find out on Saturday (30 August) whether or not he has earned a spot on the St. Louis Rams final 53-man roster.

The openly gay defensive end has had a solid pre-season with the team but has strong competition as he hopes to find himself still with the team for the regular season.

'I’m very confident,' Sam tells the Associated Press.

August 29, 2014

One Direction performs in St. Louis on 27 August, the day before Sam's final preseason game

Michael Sam has a One Direction fan.

Harry Styles wore the jersey of the gay St. Louis Rams rookie when the pop group performed in the city  yesterday (27 August).

Styles' sartorial selection earned notice from the Rams on Twitter (see below).

August 27, 2014

'We collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports'

ESPN says it is sorry.

The cable sports network received resounding criticism this week for a story that aired about where openly gay St. Louis Rams player Michael Sam takes his showers.

'ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report,' the network said in a statement Wednesday (27 August).

'Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.'

August 26, 2014

'Today I messed up by promising mankind free booze for all eternity'

Isn't there some rule about never making a bet you can't pay?

On Twitter a gentleman, known as Fisher King, relearned the axiom. On 23 August he tweeted this 'bet' to the world:

August 24, 2014

'It was fun getting to play against Manziel in an NFL game'

Two of the National Football League's most talked about rookies met in a game last night (23 August).

Michael Sam, the out St. Louis Rams defensive end, sacked Cleveland Brown's quarterback Johnny Manziel twice, helping the Rams win 33-14.

Sam celebrated the first sack by copying Manziel's 'money' sign.

August 15, 2014

NFL quarterback says: '... It’s a pretty unique trust and relationship you have'

It seems New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a pretty handsy guy with some of the other guys on the team.

Well, at least with the guys who play the position of center and provide him with a snap.

'I’ve got my hands on their butts probably more than their wives, so you know, it’s a pretty unique trust and relationship you have,' Brady said earlier this week in a post-practice interview.

August 9, 2014

'The hardest critic is going to be myself. I'm not mad about my first game, but I know I could have done better'

Michael Sam, the out National Football League rookie, played in his first preseason game yesterday (8 August).

His team, the St. Louis Rams, faced the New Orleans Saints. While on the field, Sam apparently didn't twerk or sing Beyoncé's Single Ladies. Stayed focused on something people in the US call football.

July 21, 2014

'I was like, "Maybe I shouldn't have done what I did"' and come out

Michael Sam, one of the final picks during this year's NFL draft, began to doubt whether or not he'd make the pros.

He also began to doubt whether or not he should have come out publicly as a gay man before the draft.

'I was second guessing myself that maybe football would turn its back on me,' Sam said in an interview that aired today on ABC's Good Morning America.

June 18, 2014

Zoey Tur and Dana Vahle were competitors who have since become friends

It was 20 years ago this week that US television viewers sat rapt before their television screens as a fugitive OJ Simpson led law enforcement officers on a slow chase on the freeways of Southern California.

Simpson was to turn himself in after being arrested for the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman.

But the ex-NFL star turned actor and pitchman instead decided to flee in a white Bronco with his friend Al Cowlings behind the wheel.

June 13, 2014

NFL's first openly gay player will earn $2.65 million

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to drafted by an NFL team, now has some job security.

Sam has been signed to a four-year, $2.65 million contract by the St. Louis Rams.

Amid all of the publicity surrounding his drafting last month, Sam had stated his main focus was to make the team.

He tweeted on Thursday (12 June): 'Grateful, humbled, and motivated after officially signing with all my Rams rookie brothers. Let's do this!! #RamUp '

Sam is one of 11 rookies signed by the Rams.

May 12, 2014

'We were disappointed to read Don’s tweets during the NFL Draft'

The Miami Dolphins, a National Football League franchise, is fining one of its players for a tweet against Michael Sam, the first openly gay athlete drafted by the league.

Second-year safety Don Jones was sanctioned an unknown amount for comments he wrote on Twitter about the St. Louis Rams' selection.

April 17, 2014

Sources say the Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, and New York Jets are considering the defensive lineman

Michael Sam, the gay National Football League draft prospect, is getting attention from six teams.

March 27, 2014

'The goal was to win football games'

National Football League Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams would not have had a problem with an out teammate.

And the former defensive back is pretty certain Michael Sam, the gay NFL draft prospect, won't face any resistance from a team.

February 28, 2014

Michael Sam is 'not the first gay guy in the NFL! He's the first one to come out, let's get that straight'

Retired football star Deion Sanders says there was at least one gay player on all five NFL teams he played for during his Hall of Fame career - and everybody knew it.

Appearing this week in The Arsenio Hall Show, Sanders was asked about NLF prospect Michael Sam who came out publicly earlier this month. Sam would become the first openly gay player in the NFL if he is drafted by a team this spring.

February 24, 2014

The NFL competition committee will next month consider whether to introduce penalties during games when players use homophobic or racist language on the field

The US National Football League (NFL) competition committee will consider whether to introduce penalties for players who use homophobic language during games in a first of its kind suggestion for the sporting code.

Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome confirmed to ESPN yesterday that the banning of on-field homophobic language was being considered alongside racial abuse and that it had been discussed by the committee in the last three days.

January 7, 2014

'It’s not like he’s going to come out and say, "Yes, I said all those things, please end my career now"'

Chris Kluwe, the former NFL punter who has made explosive allegations of homophobia against a former coach, says he's not surprised he's being called a liar.

‘Well, you know, it’s not like he’s going to come out and say, yes, I said all those things, please end my career now,' Kluwe told CNN's Anderson Cooper of Minnesota Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer.

January 3, 2014

Torrey Smith of Baltimore Ravens writes 'Look at this queen' next to photo of man wearing pink flowery socks

Torrey Smith, a wide receiver for reigning Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens, posted a homophobic slur on his Instagram account today.

Next to a photo of an unidentified man wearing pink flowery socks, Smith wrote: 'Look at this queen.'

Smith took to Twitter to respond to the photo first being reported by TMZ.com.

January 1, 2014

Green Bay Packers star refutes reports by explaining 'I really, really like women'

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Tuesday (31 December) addressed growing internet buzz in recent days about his sexuality.

'I’m just going to say I’m not gay,' Rodgers told 540 ESPN Milwaukee.

He added: 'I really, really like women. That’s all I can really say about that.'

October 28, 2013

Former NFL player later apologizes but is banned from Washington DC radio station for anti-gay slur against Dallas Cowboys icon

Dexter Manley used an anti-gay slur to describe fellow retired NFL player Troy Aikman in a Washington DC radio show Monday (28 October).

The former Washington Redskins player was guesting on WTOP radio and discussing his former team's loss over the weekend to the Dallas Cowboys for which Aikman was quarterback during his playing days.

One of the hosts jokingly asked if Aikman had jinxed the Redskins since he was commentating on the came for FOX Sports.

'I think Troy Aikman is a queer,' Manley responded.

August 14, 2013

'if they’re looking for a window to just come out, I mean, now is the window'

No NFL player has ever come out as gay during their playing career but Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III thinks this is as good a time as any for that to change.

'I think there are [gay players] right now, and if they’re looking for a window to just come out, I mean, now is the window,' Grffin says in a new GQ magazine cover story.

June 4, 2013

But Minnesota Vikings running back would 'pat them on the butt when he's doing good'

Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back who is the NFL's MVP, says he will be 'uncomfortable' in the showers with an openly gay player.

Peterson tells The Oklahoman: 'Simple things, as far as showers and things like that, you know, of course, anyone would be uncomfortable.'

May 31, 2013

If 'it makes them happy and it makes their life easier, than I think they should do it'

The NBA has Jason Collins and MLS has Robbie Rogers.

Is the NFL the next professional sports league in the US to get its first openly gay player?

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has some encouraging words for any closeted player thinking of stepping out.

'I hope that if someone is thinking about it and they do come out as gay as a professional football player and it makes them happy and it makes their life easier, than I think they should do it,' Luck tells CNN.