ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith blasted the Miami Dolphins' decision to suspend safety Don Jones after he tweeted "omg" and "horrible" after watching footage of Michael Sam celebrate becoming the first openly gay NFL player by kissing his boyfriend live on TV. Smith has said people should not be punished just for reacting negatively to a homosexual couple kissing, and insisted that those with views that do not condone homosexual behavior should also be respected.
Smith, who appeared to talk about ESPN's coverage of Michael Sam, on FirstTake on Monday, stressed that the kiss "didn't bother me," and that he was celebrating in a similar manner to how "we see with heterosexual couples all the time."
The commentator said that he had not seen footage of Sam and his boyfriend Vito Cammisano smashing cake into one another's faces in celebration but "if I saw all of that... I would say the same thing I would say to a heterosexual couple: 'Get a room'." more >>
The Los Angeles Dodgers' wives plan to continue investing their efforts into a series of monthly outreach projects in partnership with The Dream Center, a volunteer-led organization that provides for the needs of 80,000 people each month.
"We are forever grateful for this partnership with the Dodgers. They are just not coming out to hand out a bag of food, they are coming out to invest into the needs of the community," Pastor Matthew Barnett, co-founder of The Dream Center told The Christian Post.
The idea for the partnership started when Ellen Kershaw, wife of Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and a few other wives wanted to broaden their community outreach efforts. more >>
Michael Sam goes down in history this weekend as the first openly gay player in NFL. I couldn't care less about football - really, zero percent interest - but I can see how this is a massive deal for many NFL fans across the country.
I wrote a blog last year when Sam first began to hit all of our news feeds and shared how I thought this would be great opportunity to engage our unbelieving friends (specifically the ones who love football) with the gospel. Moral controversy, especially sexual moral controversy, always gets people talking and I hope Christians will take advantage of that and try to direct the conversations around them about Sam and his "gay-ness" to the gospel.
While I'm obviously not down with condoning homosexual behavior, I do think that in some ways this whole GAY NFL PLAYER "scandal" can be used for good. more >>
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has pleaded for forgiveness for his controversial racist comments that got him banned for life from the NBA. He also noted that he was baited into making the racist remarks by his female friend.
"I'm not a racist. I made a terrible, terrible mistake. And I'm here with you today to apologize and to ask for forgiveness for all the people that I've hurt," Sterling told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an interview on Monday.
Michael Sam made history on Saturday night when he became the first openly gay football player in the National Football League (NFL) after the St. Louis Rams made him the 249th overall choice in the 2014 NFL draft.
The announcement of the selection of the Missouri defensive end triggered celebration among gay advocates nationwide. A video of Sam reacting after receiving the call from the Rams and coach Jeff Fisher shows him celebrating with his boyfriend and other friends and family.