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March 11, 2015

'Why would I leave someone I fell in love with and have been through so many challenges with?'

Theirs was the kiss seen around the world.

When Michael Sam found out last year that he had been drafted by the St. Louis Rams - the first openly gay player ever signed by an NFL team - he and Vito Cammisano kissed on live television.

The couple, now engaged, not only had to put up with critics of the televised same-sex kiss but also of people who disapprove of Sam being with a white man.

Sam, who proposed to Cammisano in December while on vacation in Rome, says it's about love, not race.

February 24, 2015

He tweets: 'While I continue to train and stay ready, I am ecstatic to participate in a fun, athletic competition'

Michael Sam will be focusing on the Rumba, the Tango and the Fox Trot in the coming weeks as he prepares to compete on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

But the first openly gay man drafted by the NFL - now a free agent - took to Twitter today to make clear that returning to the league is biggest priority.

'Football remains my unquestioned number 1 priority,' he tweeted. 'However, while I continue to train and stay ready, I am ecstatic to participate in a fun, athletic competition like so many players before me have done,'

January 15, 2015

Former NFL quarterback says 1996 claim is 'ridiculous' and being gay 'is not my lifestyle'

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman is reiterating that he is not gay and wishes he has made that more clear decades ago.

Aikman, 48, has been dogged by gay rumors since a mid-1990s book about the Cowboys by former Dallas Morning News columnist Skip Bayless in which the author claimed Aikman was gay.

November 6, 2014

The star of new reality series also says being gay 'could be' a choice

Retired NFL star Deion Sanders says he reached out to Michael Sam after the openly gay player was cut by the St. Louis Rams and from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

Sanders wanted to show support even if he doesn't necessarily approve of homosexuality and thinks it 'could be' a choice.

'I'm not saying I condone it but I don't condem it,' he said on Larry King Now.

'I don’t love what he do but I love him as a man and I just wanted him to understand the burden and the weight that he's carrying.'

September 17, 2014

'The guy’s such a stud. I met him once playing golf and couldn’t stop shaking his hand ... we had five good seconds of eye lock'

David Walton, star on the NBC comedy About a Boy, says NFL quarterback Tom Brady is an even bigger crush for him than Tom Cruise or Ryan Gosling.

The actor is straight but thinks sexuality is on a continuum 'with 1 being the strictest hetero and 10 being a gay person who’d vomit thinking about sleeping with the opposite sex.'

Walton says he's a 3 but tells The Advocate there are a few men who could cause the number to grow.

August 31, 2014

Sam and the St. Louis Rams head coach are scheduled to talk today (31 August)

No National Football League team took a chance on Michael Sam.

Yesterday, 30 August, the gay defensive end was not selected to the St. Louis Rams 53-man roster.

According to league rules, teams have 24-hours to pick up athletes who were cut. Today, 31 August, Sam was not selected by the remaining 31 teams.

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.