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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.

May 27, 2013

But the Minnesota Vikings running back says he's not biased against gays

Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back who is the NFL's MVP, says he is against gay marriage.

'To each his own, [but] I'm not with it,' he said in a recent interview with Sirius/XM NFL Radio.

'I have relatives who are gay. I'm not biased towards them,' he added. 'I still treat them the same. I love 'em. But again, I'm not with that. That's not something I believe in. But to each his own.'

Gay marriage will become in Minnesota on 1 August.

May 7, 2013

'I love playing football but at the end of the day, it is a children's game that grown men play'

Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe finds himself without a job - but not without a purpose.

After eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Kluwe was dropped by the team this week. He says he does not know if the decision had to do with his growing prominence as an LGBT activist.

Kluwe, who is straight, hopes to land with another team but he has no regrets about speaking out on various LGBT issues.

May 6, 2013

Team doesn't say if Kluwe's high-profile activism was a factor

NFL punter Chris Kluwe has become a hero in the fight for LGBT equality but now he's a hero without a job.

The Minnesota Vikings on Monday (6 May) cut the 31-year-old Kluwe from the team after more than eight years.

'Thank you to everyone for your support,' Kluwe said in a tweet. 'Remember, one label does not define who you are as a person.'

Kluwe had feared the move when the Vikings selected UCLA punter Jeff Locke as a fifth-round draft pick.

May 4, 2013

National Football League punter Chris Kluwe thinks his support for gay causes could get him cut from his team

Gay ally and Minnesota Viking football player Chris Kluwe is concerned his activism will keep him off the team's 2013-2014 roster.

The National Football League punter sent a note to the NBC website PFT after his team drafted another punter in the most recent draft (held 25 April to 27 April).

March 29, 2013

'The cost was great in asking me not to speak candidly'

Kwame Harris, who played offensive tackle for San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, says it was very difficult for him to be a closeted gay player in the National Football League.

'The cost was great in asking me to not speak candidly, or (to not) be able to speak openly about myself in a complete manner,' he tells CNN.

Harris never came out as gay during when he played for the 49ers from 2003-2007 or with the Raiders in 2008.

February 28, 2013

College star was asked ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ 'Do you like girls?’

Could it be the Manti Te'o factor?

National Football League prospect Nick Kasa, a senior a at the University of Colorado, said this week that pro scouts asked about his sexuality during last weekend's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

February 25, 2013

Pundit says no one will admit it publicly, but they all have questions about the sexuality of Manti Te'o

Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o wants a career in the NFL but a well-publicized dead girlfriend hoax has teams taking into consideration more than his playing abilities.

'Teams want to know whether Manti Te'o is gay,' NBC Sports pundit Mike Florio said in a radio interview today. 'They just want to know. They want to know because in an NFL locker room, it's a different world.'

February 22, 2013

NFL player canceled appearance at church of anti-gay Robert Jeffress

NFL player Tim Tebow is now getting backlash from both sides stemming from canceled plans to speak at a Dallas mega-church with an anti-gay pastor.

Tebow, back-up quarterback for the New York Jets, on Wednesday (20 February) backed out of an April appearance at First Baptist Church of Dallas after homophobic comments by pastor Robert Jeffress surfaced.

February 22, 2013

Back-up quarterback for New York Jets had faced backlash

Tim Tebow won't be speaking at a Dallas mega-church with an anti-gay pastor after all.

The National Football League star, currently a back-up quarterback for the New York Jets, had been scheduled to speak at First Baptist Church of Dallas in April.

But the famous Christian jock has faced strong backlash since the appearance was announced because of anti-gay and other controversial statements made in the past by pastor Robert Jeffress.

February 1, 2013

'I was trying to do everything to end it'

The man pretending to be a woman in a bizarre online hoax involving college football star Manti Te'o said he was desperate to end the ruse so he decided to kill his online alter-ego off with cancer.

'I was trying to do everything to end it,' Ronaiah Tuiasosopo told talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw in part one of an interview that aired Thursday (31 January). 'People say it was a cruel joke. Cruel true, joke never.'