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Don Jones/Michael Sam Tweet Controversy

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:43 pm

OMG. Horrible.

33 Responses to “Don Jones/Michael Sam Tweet Controversy”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. I’d have so much more respect for a player who came out after they made an NFL team.

    He’s claiming he should have been drafted sooner. His combine performance suggests he’s lucky to be drafted at all. Every scouting report I’ve read suggests hee will struggle at this level.

    Hope the Rams don’t mind becoming a circus. even his minicamp appearance will rival a Papal visit.

    the bhead (6323ca)

  3. his eyes are really really far apart, this michael sam person

    it’s not normal

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  4. 6 Flags Over Nothing.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  5. I’ve come to the conclusion that Sam has no expectation or intention of being a long term NFL player. He knows he doesn’t have the goods and for months he has just been positioning himself for a career in politics, or media, or “motivational speaking”– employment in another field of endeavor other than football. After he came out he had the ability to remain classy and low-key, (“hey I’m just an athlete who happens to be gay and wanted to be honest about it, hoping I’ll get the chance to prove myself on a team”). Instead, his recent in- your- face- conduct in the manliest of sports has made it impossible for him to ever be just one of the guys. Not that I really care. The NFL has long since lost my interest. And if this whole circus helps hastens its demise that’s fine with me. I do not know what the Rams were thinking, though.

    elissa (203189)

  6. “NFL” and “classy” aren’t exactly concomitants

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  7. I know who who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp but who put the ram in the rama lama ding dong?

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  8. Comment by elissa (203189) — 5/12/2014 @ 10:07 pm


    nk (dbc370)

  9. Meanwhile…

    AP, May 4, 2014: The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world’s Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband. Bishop Gene Robinson announced the end of his marriage to Mark Andrew in an email sent to the Diocese of New Hampshire, where he served for nine years before retiring in 2012.

    …Robinson was…widely celebrated as a pioneer for gay rights, became an advocate for gay marriage and was the subject of several books and a documentary about Christianity, the Bible and same-sex relationships. He delivered the benediction at the opening 2009 inaugural event for President Barack Obama and, after retirement, became a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a Democratic think tank with close ties to the White House.

    Robinson, 66, had been married to a woman and had two children before he and his wife divorced. He and Andrew had been partners for more than a decade when Robinson was elected to lead the New Hampshire Diocese.

    ^ The guy should try to go for broke. He should try to complete the circle. He should marry a transsexual, then divorce him/her, and then he’ll be able to say he has an ex-wife, an ex-husband and an ex-something-or-other.

    Given the way things are going, the following is hardly unexpected.

    Reuters, May 8, 2014: Syphilis, a sexually transmitted venereal disease, is rising among gay and bisexual men after being nearly eliminated in the United States more than a decade ago, according to a federal study released on Thursday. The increase in syphilis among gay men is a major public health concern, said researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, because it indicates sexual behavior that could lead to an increase in HIV transmission.

    Strategies that proved effective in lowering heterosexual syphilis rates have not worked as well among gay and bisexual men, said Gail Bolan, director of the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention.

    In 2013, men accounted for about 91 percent of all reported cases. The highest rates of syphilis were among black men, although the largest increases were reported among Hispanic and white men, the CDC said.

    ^ I’m sure more money, more education, more government programs and a lot more — a ton more — compassion will help turn things around. Yes, uh-huh.

    Mark (99b8fd)

  10. If the NFL thinks they are going to change the culture of football by flipping a switch, they are going to be proven mistaken.

    They might be able to punish tweets and verbal taunts, but the game is all about hitting. And Mr. Sam is going to be getting the full impact.

    Estragon (ada867)

  11. excuse me, but could we PLEASE focus on the important issues?

    Ace of Spades HQ & The Jawa Report have been off line ALL day…

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  12. pw too

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  13. it’s a conspiracy!

    (or is that Khin-spiracy?)

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  14. Tim Tebow you just shut up about your faith cuz Obama not gonna call you.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  15. Laughing hysterically at the NFL- being dominated by the gay mafia.
    This dudette will be inducted into the gay hall of fame next week.

    mg (31009b)

  16. “I do not know what the Rams were thinking, though.
    Comment by elissa (203189) — 5/12/2014 @ 10:07 pm”

    They were thinking they drew the short straw and the league was going to make them draft him!

    Mike Giles (760480)

  17. Michael Sam was projected as a 3rd to 5th round pick before the combine, and slipped to 5th to 7th after it: he was weak and slow. Unless he just had a bad day, he’s not going to be able to overcome NFL offensive tackles, and rushing the passer is his primary skill. He’s not considered big enough to be a defensive end, or fast enough to play linebacker.

    But, if he doesn’t perform well in training camp or the exhibition games, can the Rams still cut him? If it’s a fairly even choice between another play and Mr Sam, cutting Mr Sam will bring cried of “Homophobia!” even though by just giving him a chance in the first place, the Rams ought to have put that behind them . . . so to speak.

    OK, OK, that was horrible, and I denounce myself!

    Mr Sam’s rookie jersey is supposedly the number one selling jersey right now.

    The Oakland Raiders fan Dana (3e4784)

  18. The tight end is often seen as a hybrid position with the characteristics and roles of both an offensive lineman and a wide receiver.
    Because of the hybrid nature of the position, the tight end’s role in any given offense depends on the tactical preferences and philosophy of the head coach.

    nk (dbc370)

  19. Intolerance will not be tolerated.

    JD (2bc676)

  20. 11. 13. I didn’t know if the problem was here. Ace of spades now says they were hit by a server Chernobyl, but they now have recovered all the databases and had a recent abd very complete off-site backup of everything else. It took some time to put everything back.

    Sammy Finkelman (bcd7c8)

  21. #17


    Rams won’t cut him without burying him for a year on the practice squad. I predict this is how they avoid the Gaystapo.

    God bless us Raider fans…

    the bhead (fbcafb)

  22. I’ve come to the conclusion that Sam has no expectation or intention of being a long term NFL player.

    I think you’re right, Elissa. Sam has all the potential of being another Casey Martin.

    Chuck Bartowski (11fb31)

  23. The stunning hypocrisy of the left (in this case the NFL hierarchy) is difficult to quantify. If a player says something controversial that falls left of center then its vitally important that all viewpoints be heard, free speech, terrible awful fascist pigs if anyone tries to shut them up. But when the comment falls right of center well then that is bad for business and we can’t have rude comments being made, makes us all look bad doncha know.

    Mark Johnson (ecd980)

  24. Of course, I’d’ve figured that he’d have been drafted by the San Francisco 49ers; it would be appropriate. :)

    The Oakland Raiders fan Dana (3e4784)

  25. @17- Perhaps Michael was aware that his physical tools were not a shoo-in for a roster spot, in spite of his college accolades, and that his draft position would reflect that. He had to pull the political card out of his sleeve.

    Its tough to be told you do not have the stuff that you think/thought you had. But its survivable.

    I do not put a lot of stock in where a player is drafted. I am still suffering from the performance of the first-rounder that was supposed to put the Silver and Black back in the playoff picture: Jmarcus Russel. What a bust!!!

    Bless you Dana. We know it is not an easy road to travel. You are not alone…

    Gramps, the original (4615a6)

  26. “Political” is the word. Not commercial. The NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA, USOC, cannot exist without their anti-trust exemptions. They’re gauging the political climate and you can’t blame them. You could stop drinking Bud Light, but why?

    nk (dbc370)

  27. I haven’t watched a Super Bowl since they rehired Michael Vick, and also since I discovered that sports stadiums produced large thermals that rise into the atmosphere and contribute to AGW.

    nk (dbc370)

  28. You’re right, Gramps, not an easy road to travel.

    I knew that JaMarcus Russell was a huge mistake even before Al Davis drafted him, unless, of course, it was Mr Davis desire to be associated with the quarterback who relegated Ryan Leaf to the biggest draft bust ever.

    The long-suffering Oakland Raiders fan Dana (3e4784)

  29. nk- FYI

    MLB is the only one of those organizations that holds an anti-trust exemption.

    Mark Johnson (27da80)

  30. Comment by Mark Johnson (27da80) — 5/13/2014 @ 12:22 pm

    MLB is the only one of those organizations that holds an anti-trust exemption.

    Because of an incorrect Supreme Court decision, which was never extended, and was de facto ratified (or maybe de jure) by subsequent antitrust legislation.

    Sammy Finkelman (bcd7c8)

  31. When Tim Tebow played, some opposing players mocked him by “Tebowing” whenever they sacked him.

    I wonder what the outcry would be if one of Mr. Sam’s opponents celebrated a devastating block by spelling out “Y-M-C-A'” with his arms?

    All kidding aside (I think): will any player who commits a personal foul against Mr. Sam be charged with a hate crime?

    Whitey Nisson (2d7424)

  32. Alright then, Patterico’s Pontificators will start off the 2014 season against the Green Bay Packers in September. The sports associations do not need to be named in the anti-trust laws to enjoy an exemption, they are exempted by artful language in the definitions of illegal trusts inserted through hard work and hard cash by their lobbyists. (But as a matter of fact, the NFL has an explicit Congressional anti-trust exemption involving the televising of its games.)

    nk (dbc370)

  33. 5. Interesting angle. One would think being humiliated on the practice field, embarrassed in scrimmages, etc., will become unendurable.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

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