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NFL Institutes Six-Game Suspension For Domestic Violence

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The NFL has updated its personal conduct policy to suspend any player or personnel without pay for six games if he commits an act of domestic violence. If there is a second incident, he would be banned by the league or a year before he could petition for reinstatement. The policy applies to domestic violence, assault, battery and sexual assault. Both changes will be effective immediately. Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Suzan Harjo, The Woman Who Beat The Washington Redskins

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Suzan Harjo, The Woman Who Beat The Washington Redskins

Earlier today, the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office cancelled the federal trademarks for the Washington Redskins after ruling that the name was “disparaging to Native Americans.” And the woman to thank for this tremendous victory over a powerful NFL team and its owners is Suzan Harjo, a 69-year-old grandmother and Native American activist who has been waging this fight since 1992. ”Native American people have been fighting this since 1972,” Amanda Blackhorse, one of the five Native American plaintiffs in the case filed before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, told Business Insider. ”The reason it has come up recently is because Suzan has worked really hard to bring this in the public eye.” Keep reading »

Former NFL Player Darren Sharper Accused Of Drugging & Raping Nine Women

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  • A former NFL player for the New Orleans Saints is in court today facing accusations of sexual assault. Darren Sharper is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least nine women in five different states: California, Florida, Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana. The women tell disturbingly similar stories of going someplace alone with him, taking a drink, and blacking out. Creepily, Sharper has been active in promoting football-related events for women, such as breast cancer awareness, and appeared in a book about NFL players dedicated to their daughters. [New York Times]
  • The Senate has confirmed Niane Humetewa as the first-ever Native American woman to be a federal judge. Judge Humetewa, who is from the Hopi tribe, will serve in Arizona. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Michael Sam Becomes The First Out Gay Player Drafted By The NFL, Kisses Boyfriend Live On ESPN

Michael Sam Becomes The First Out Gay Player Drafted By The NFL, Kisses Boyfriend Live On ESPN
This Shouldn't Be A Big Deal, But It Is

On Saturday, Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, becoming the first out gay player to be drafted into the NFL. Upon receiving the news, Sam emotionally embraced and kissed his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, on live television, something that shouldn’t be a big deal, but obviously is given that the macho world of professional sports hasn’t always been so welcoming towards gay players. Sam has been out and proud since February, posting lots of adorable photos with Cammisano, who is also an athlete, online. Cammisano also tweeted a photo of the smooch (after the jump), writing, “Wow. What a day. On cloud 9. So proud and happy!” (Can we talk about how seriously droolworthy these two are? YUM.) Between Michael Sam and Conchita Wurst’s victory at Eurovision, Saturday sure was a great day for equality, huh? Love! [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

Dallas Sportscaster Supports Michael Sam In Coming Out, Quotes Audre Lorde

"It's time to celebrate him now."

In a perfect world, an athlete coming out as gay wouldn’t even be considered news. But in the world we live in, college football player Michael Sam’s decision to come out of the closet before the NFL draft is headline-making and controversial. Sam — who, if drafted, would be the first openly gay player in the NFL — has received a lot of support from all over, but it’s especially moving to see him defended and championed by someone like Texas sportscaster Dale Hansen. Especially since Hansen, an older white man from Texas, quotes Audre Lorde while doing so. Awesome. [Twenty Two Words]

College Football Star Michael Sam Publicly Comes Out As Gay

College Football Star Michael Sam Publicly Comes Out As Gay
" I want to own my truth."

Michael Sam, a football player who recently graduated from the University of Missouri, publicly came out as gay in a video posted to The New York Times’ website this weekend. “I’m coming out now because I want to own my truth,” Sam said. “I didn’t want anyone to break a story without me telling it. … I can’t tell society to agree with this or not agree with this, but hopefully society will rally around this and support me, too. ”

As Missouri’s most valuable player and one of the top defensive linemen in college football, the 24-year-old Texan is expected to be an early-round NFL draft pick. He would be the first-ever openly gay player in the NFL. Keep reading »

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