Monday, May 05, 2014

NFL a Case-Study in Why America Requires A Major Civil Rights Overhaul

From AlterNet:

If ever there was a perfect example of how employment discrimination against gay people operates on a day-to-day basis — and why Congress needs to outlaw such discrimination — the National Football League just provided it.
Following SEC Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay, the league issued an official statement saying: "We admire Michael Sam's honesty and courage. Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014." 

That's all well and good. However, in a Sports Illustrated story about Sam, other league officials hiding behind anonymity declared that NFL teams will likely punish Sam for his sexual orientation.  

More here.

Wait. This is for real? NFL players can't handle an out gay man among their ranks? Seriously? The toughest he-men in the nation would experience discomfort playing football with a gay man? They use gay slurs so often that it would affect their playing abilities to stop doing so?

Man, if that's true, what a bunch of whiny wussies.