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September 2, 2014 - 10:11 am
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Well, that didn’t take long. The St. Louis Rams cut defensive end Michael Sam over the weekend. Sam is, or would have been, the NFL’s first openly gay player.

He was drafted late, seventh round. Homophobia was suggested. Now that he has been cut, homophobia has been blamed, by Michelangelo Signorile at the Huffington Post.

Michael Sam was cut by the St. Louis Rams over the weekend. Over the following 24 hours, no other team had decided to claim the first openly gay player drafted to the NFL. Then came the news that the Rams didn’t choose him for its practice squad. And though he could be picked for a practice squad for another team this week, NFL watchers believe his options are dim.

There have already been lots of arguments on social media, and it will continue this week, over whether or not this represented homophobia in the NFL. Frankly, I’m astounded that anyone can even debate this. One person on my Facebook page said that if Michael Sam were good enough he’d be playing. I don’t know how this person could possibly justify such a statement since the NFL’s record — of giving slaps on the wrist for ugly homophobic incidents and hiring known haters — suggests otherwise, and no openly gay player had been drafted before.

And none of that bears on Sam’s performance in pre-season or whether he is what the Rams or any other team needs. He had a decent pre-season. The Rams cut him because he wasn’t what they believe they need. No other team took him on.

That’s what happens in pre-season football. Some rookies make it, many rookies don’t.

The Rams also cut Sam from their practice squad, and explained why.

They already have five defensive ends on their 53-man roster and have depth needs at too many other positions to cover injuries, and they need players for the scout team to run the plays of opposing teams in practice now that the regular season is here.

As of Sunday night, the Post-Dispatch had confirmed the names of six players the Rams will sign for their 10-man practice squad. But they still had needs to address at quarterback, wide receiver, linebacker and cornerback – which would soak up the final four spots.

They’re too deep at defensive end and too thin elsewhere.

Signorile devotes the rest of the article to bashing the NFL for being “homophobic,” a smear that halts any discussion dead in its tracks. He bashes the Giants for hiring David Tyree for player development, because Tyree opposes gay marriage.

What that has to do with whether Tyree will make a good player development director or not is not explained.

Bashing Tyree’s hiring is telling. Tyree is the former Giant wide receiver whose insane helmet catch led to the Giants defeating the Perfect Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

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Tyree might know how to spot and develop players for the Giants. Or not. But his stand on gay marriage has nothing to do with that at all. Signorile wants Tyree banished over something that has nothing to do with his job. He wants Sam captured by an NFL team for reasons that have nothing to do with the job.

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The tricky thing about motives is, you can't usually prove them. That's why accusations of racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, etc., are so rhetorically useful. For most people, there's really no defense against "You're a racist" apart from "No, I'm not."

But leftists are accomplished mind-readers, interpreters of code words, hearers of dog whistles.
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Homosexuals are totalitarians. Any accomodation with them will only beget more totalitarianism. Libertarians and live-and-let-live attitudes are as dangerous as the homosexuals themselves.
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Just as Obama got elected because of his minority status, rather than his skills,
Sams was selected in large part because of his minority status. But, at least the Rams had the guts (and business sense) to drop him, when his skills were found lacking.
It is too bad that the American public didn't display the same common sense during the last election.
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homophobia is a made up word used to try to disparage those who find disgusting the act of one man bending another man over and sexually assaulting that man's alimentary canal--you know, NORMAL people.
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Well, Sam is small for his position in the NFL. But at least he is slow!
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Sometimes I worry about Jerry Jones. Check my calculations here; there are 32 NFL teams who had to reduce player headcount from 99 to 53 (1,472 recently unemployed players). Assume that from 10 to 25 percent of the players were defensive players from positions roughly equivalent to that played by Sams, that's 150 to 350 players Jones had available.
There has to be some shifty lawyer who'll file a class action suit claiming that they were not hired or, even, considered to filled the slot Sams has because they were NOT homosexual.
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"Was Michael Sam Cut Because of ‘Homophobia’?"

No. He was cut because he wasn't a good enough football player. His being gay had nothing to do with it. The NFL is a business, and if can win games you will play. Wife beaters, drinkers, drug abusers, even murderers. As long as you can play you will play. Gay is not relevant; playing is.
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One of the funniest comments that I saw (can't recall where, likely Gateway Pundit) was to the effect that the Rams thought they were getting a tight end, instead they had a wide receiver.

Yes, I denounce myself. And although I live in Texas, football (high school, college and pro) always left me severely uninterested.
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Looks like Jerry Jones has decided to buy himself a new distraction from his own incompetence.
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If Sam was good enough or had played well enough to make the cut he would have been on the team or on the practice squad or somewhere in the Rams organization making a contribution. In today's America of hyper-sensitivity to anyone and anything "Gay" the Rams would have been shooting themselves in the foot if they had cut Sam because of his sexual preference. It's simple; he was cut because he wasn't good enough. Maybe Sam had all along played on the idea that no team would cut him if he came out as the first openly gay player in the NFL; I guess a winning record and the bottom line were more important to the owner of the Rams then who Sam was sleeping with.
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Most of the players cut are black cuz racism.
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There is no such thing as homophobia. It's the apex of cultural marxism.

The real fear for some, is to be mistaken for a homosexual.
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I feel sorry for Sam. He must be under a lot of pressure. He no doubt feels like a failure at such an early age. Must be a lot going through his head. Gay, Inc. is no doubt advising him of his options. The question is are they the best options for him or for Gay, Inc.?
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There must thousands of affirmative action lawyers trying to contact Sams to try and convince him to SUE, SUE, SUE the Rams for getting rid of him because he was a tinkerbell. One of them will convince Sams that it's only way he will ever get a decent NFL pay day.
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