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Michael Sam, NFL’s First Openly Gay Player, Takes Over ESPN Not By Choice

If you keep up with football, I’m 100% sure you’re aware of what’s going on in the NFL. It’s draft time. Time for the college athletes to make that transition to the pros after leading their colleges to success in some fashion. This year’s draft was very interesting and historical being the FIRST openly gay athlete was drafted into the NFL. Meet Michael Sam, a 24 year old Defensive End from Galveston, Texas who played for University of Missouri aka Mizzou. Sam took it upon himself to let the world know about his sexual orientation BEFORE the NFL Draft. Now to most people this may have been a bad idea. In my opinion, I think it was bad. I believe Michael should have waited till after he was drafted, therefore his preference wouldn’t mess up his rank. But he clearly saw it different and now I understand why. Michael Sam wanted to go to a team where he would be accepted. A team where he would be judged by his skills on the field and not the person he’s dating. I totally understand this. However, we live in a judgmental society. So once, Sam issued the statement about his sexual orientation, his list of teams to where he was seen as a prospect, lowered drastically. The Mizzou DE was drafted as pick 249 in round 7 of the 2014 NFL Draft, almost not getting drafted.

Interesting backstory isn’t it..? I woke up this morning to a segment on ESPN. I didn’t catch the name, but they were talking about this young man, Michael Sam. For the hour, that I laid in my bed watching, all the analysts talked about was Sam’s “reaction” upon finding out he was being drafted. If you check the clip above, it shows Sam breaking down crying. He then kisses and hugs his boyfriend. Honestly, there is nothing wrong here. This man has made history becoming the FIRST OPENLY gay athlete to get DRAFTED. Just when he thought he wasn’t going to make it to the pros and do what he loves, everything changed at the last minute.

The analysts on the segment continued to run the clip OVER and OVER and OVER again as they talked about the Missouri DE. Despite this man’s sexual preference, which really is none of the public’s business, he has achievements under his belt and worked hard to get to where he is. Instead of focusing on what Michael Sam did to receive the honor of getting drafted and why he broke down, ESPN focused on what happens after he got himself together. Do we really live in a homophobic world? The world is different from what it was 100 years ago. By now, I honestly would expect people to be used to it. No reason to be surprised of same sex relationships whether in the limelight or not.

The segment I was watching went off and SportsCenter came on shortly after. The first thing to pop up on my TV is Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend. Not Michael Sam tackling quarterbacks, but him kissing his boyfriend. Why is this the main focus…? Even when Stephen A Smith said his piece about not judging Michael Sam, he seemed uncomfortable talking about it. It’s a new world compared to the one we lived in 10 years ago. By now, nobody should be scared of the “Gays.”

This ties in with the music industry perfectly. If you keep up with hip-hop, there is an artist known as Young Thug. Young Thug has been caught in many odd outfits including: a little girl cheetah dress, a leather skirt and a leather belly shirt. VERY different. Along with that, he calls his friends “BAE.” However, Young Thug has 2 of the HOTTEST songs in the streets, “Danny Glover” and “Stoner.” The way I see it, he can be as gay as he want, long as he keeps producing hot music. Its the same with Michael Sam, that man can be as gay as he wants, long as he keeps playing football like any other dedicated player. America has to learn to not be so judgmental. Which will never happen. #TheSuiteLife


WWE Superstar CM Punk (@CMPunk) Picks A Beef With Chris Brown (@ChrisBrown)

See some people need to mind their business. For the past 2 days, I been sitting back watching all of this play out, but I find it rather corny. So here is Chris Brown, international superstar. Then you have CM Punk, popular wrestling sensation. Now 2 days ago, CM Punk threw a shot at Chris basically saying he shouldn’t be adored & getting the love he is getting because of the incident 3 years ago. First off, I just want to say, other than the black community & people who follow music, nobody thought about Chris Brown in a negative way since the incident with Rihanna. He paid his dues and won over everybody’s love and attention again. All this time, while he was building his name back up, nobody was talking crap. Now all of a sudden, cause Chris gets a grammy, performs twice at the grammys and is at the top of the music world again, he’s getting bothered. Leave him alone! CM Punk is a wrestler, basically an actor. If you have ever watched wrestling after 2009, you will know CM is a man of stunts. He does things for attention. So this was no surprise. But who is he to down talk somebody that he knows nothing about. Its been 3 years and everybody, including Rihanna, is over the situation. Sh-t happens. CM needs to mind his business and stick to acting for Vince McMahon. Below is the twitvid CM Punk released, basically a fake press release on his statements toward Chris. Its all acting to me, dude is talking like its a WWE skit. haha.

CM Punk Addresses Chris Brown


NBA Legend Allen Iverson Is Desperate For Employment

While I was growing up, Allen Iverson the superstar Kobe was building himself up to be. Everybody was in the gym trying to perfect their handle to match Iverson’s crossover. Well, AI took a fall. He went to the Nuggets then back to the Sixers and now he’s basically broke. All he has to show for his past, is a big house & 2 cars. Its such a sad story. We have a superstar here, somebody who was on top of the NBA world. Now he is struggling for cash. The Virginia native has been receiving offers though. But the NBA Legend, is looking for a position with the highest pay day, being he has to pay $850,000 in jewelry debt. So far, his choices are: D-League Player, Playing In Puerto Rico or a Soccer Player…?! That’s right, I said soccer player, here is the press release from the Rochester Lancers:

The Rochester Lancers, of the MISL’s top level of pro indoor soccer, today announced a contract offer to former NBA star, Allen Iverson.

The Rochester Lancers host two remaining regular season home games to conclude their season.  The offer stands at $20,000 per game, with a bonus of $5,000 per goal scored, win bonuses, and merchandise bonuses.  There are over 12 goals scored on average per game.

“Allen Iverson is one of the premier athletes of our time,” said Rich Randall, Vice President of the Rochester Lancers.  “With his athleticism and competitive hunger, I think he can be a great fit with our team and fans as we make an important playoff push, while also driving interest to an exciting, growing sport.”

If accepted, the Lancers have also offered to host his friends and family through the duration of his stay.  With the per-game pay and bonuses, this offer will come close to the offer (per game) set by Turkish basketball team, Besiktas and ultimately keeping him the United States.


Kobe Bryant Begs Vanessa Bryant To Stay? “I Will Never Cheat Again!”

So you have the NBA’s best basketball player right? A man who paid his dues, made a mistake, paid for it & is still paying for it. Everybody knows about Kobe messing with the white girl, its nothing new. But you would think that was thrown out the window after he bought his wife, Vanessa, that $4 million ring. It’s no way you can still be mad about something that happened a couple  years ago. If the media dropped it, without a ring, you can too. Anywho, I caught word of Kobe “begging” Vanessa to stay & that he would never cheat again. I don’t know if I can really believe this. It’s Kobe Bryant. He’s the best basketball player in the world. Dude can lose $10 million right now and laugh about it. You know how many women will fall to this man’s feet!! So you expect me to really believe that he is begging this lady not to leave? But he does have 2 kids with her & they have been together for a while. I know how love is. According to TMZ, Kobe even bought her a new necklace with a hefty price tag. Women know what they be doing. I like to see people happy. Plus I want Kobe to play right, so I want them to get back together. But Vanessa is getting over. LAKER NATION…


Lil Wayne (@LilTunechi) Calls Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) “Lin Laden”

Weezy is back with his fourth episode of “Weezy’s Sports Corner.” If y’all didn’t know Wayne has a venture with ESPN. The YMCMB CEO gives his share of thoughts on the everything going on in the sports world. If you watch SportsCenter, you should know that Wayne is a guest commentator quite often. This man knows his sports. Hence, the many sports punchlines. Check this video out as he talks about Jeremy Lin & the “Lin-sanity”, possible trades and injuries in the sports world. Enjoy. YOUNG MOULAH BABYYY…


Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) Gets The Cover of TIME Magazine

Honestly, I didn’t think this dude would be the big star he is now. I figured, he would have the first lucky game & then fall off. But, I’m only human, meaning I can be wrong too. When I heard that Jeremy Lin was still dropping 20+ points after his 3rd game, I had to give him his props. This kid is a problem. Not to sound racist, BUT HE’S CHINESE, which makes it even more amazing about his story. Me & my bro Rome swore up and down that his first game was luck. But after I seen him drop 30+ on my team, Lakers, I saw that he was actually NICE. I think he deserves every cover he gets. New York was going through a deficit & he pulled them out. The only thing I’m wondering, is how are the Knicks gonna play once Melo is back and claiming his spot as the team star. NYK…


Break Up To Make Up?! Kobe’s Not Losing 150ms After All…

Basically 2 months ago, we learned, or we thought we learned that NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa were getting a divorce. However, last night’s actions made Lakers, or better yet Kobe fans think twice. While most people were on dates, the Lakers were busy gaining a win against the Atlanta Hawks. After the game, Kobe and his wife Vanessa were spotted kissing while on the way to the locker room. Guess she was shooting with him in the gym. Drake how you feeling right now…?

 

(Pic courtesy of TMZ)