I’ve been mulling it over in my head for a few days now and I thought it was time I weighed in and posted some of my thoughts about the NFL and the new Ray Rice video that emerged this week. There is no other way to say this: The NFL handled almost this entire situation really, really wrong. The initial two-day suspension of Ray Rice was a ghastly error in and of itself.
Football season is kicking into high gear with Week 1 nearly over. If you’re Packer and Cowboy fans like Mike and I, we know your pain. However! With the new football season comes new commercials, like this one from DirecTV featuring a gay couple.
Watch the video after the jump!
Michael Sam was officially signed to the practice squad for the Dallas Cowboys today. This was a great move for Sam and an even better move for the Cowboys. I wished we would have just snagged him off waivers over the weekend but it seems to be working out anyway. You can watch the video of Coach Jason Garrett announcing the move that posted less than an hour ago on the Dallas Cowboys website.
Michael Sam to become a Dallas Cowboy? Probably.
After being cut by the St. Louis Rams, Sam is to report for a physical exam Wednesday, and if he passes, will be added to the Cowboy’s practice squad.
The Minnesota Vikings have reached a settlement with former punter and LGBT advocate Chris Kluwe, by agreeing to donate “a substantial amount” to LGBT organizations and continuing “to enhance [their] sensitivity training policy.
The first openly gay player in the NFL, drafted by the St. Louis Rams this summer, got his first sack of the season. It came in the second half over the weekend in the preseason contest against the Green Bay Packers. Way to go Michael Sam!
We have a small update since the last time we spoke of Kluwe and the Vikings. Vikings Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer, (the one who spoke of putting all gay people on an island and “nuking it until it glows.”) has been suspended for three games, and made to donate $100,000 to LGBT organizations by the Vikings organization.
Priefer also released a statement apologizing for what he said:
I owe an apology to many people – the Wilf family, the Minnesota Vikings organization and fans, my family, the LGBT community, Chris Kluwe and anyone else that I offended with my insensitive remark. I regret what has occurred and what I said. I am extremely sorry but I will learn from this situation and will work on educating others to create more tolerance and respect.