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Outsports: The Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets are the teams most interested in drafting Michael Sam, the Baltimore Sun reports. If drafted, Sam would be the first openly gay NFL player.

The NFL Draft will be held May 8-10 and has seven rounds. Depending on what analyst you read, Sam is projected to go anywhere from the third to seventh round. It’s possible that teams other than the six listed by the Sun are interested in the University of Missouri defender. There are a lot of feints thrown about in the weeks leading up to the draft.

This is my year…the year that I stop slicing the ball into another fairway and shave off mucho points on my back 9. I have chosen to do this by going to a virtual golf establishment and hire a lesbian golf pro to stand close behind me and walk me seductively through my swing. In this way I will be far ahead of my competition once the snow up here finally melts and I can get on a golf course. I could have gone another direction in my practice though…I could have done this:

“Golf Tee In Butt” Stunt Leads Model To Sue Playboy

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Deadspin: Model Liz Dickson is suing Playboy and a radio host for an alleged botched stunt at an event involving a golf ball, tee, and her butt.

Dickson has filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court against Playboy Enterprises and Kevin Klein, co-host of the Playboy Morning Show. According to TMZ, Dickson is seeking $500,000 and “punitive damages” for battery and negligence.

The incident happened at the Playboy Golf Finals on March 30, 2012, an event Dickson was invited to help host, according to the complaint. From CBS Los Angeles:

Dickson agreed to have a photo taken of her lying on her stomach “with her buttocks partially exposed” so that Kevin Klein, co-host of the show, could hit a golf ball put atop a tee that was inserted between her butt cheeks, the suit alleges.

However, Klein missed the tee and “struck plaintiff on the buttocks, causing her injuries and damages,” the suit states.

Dickson suffered pain, suffering, worrying and anxiety as a result of her injuries, the suit states.

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Arizona may lose 2015 Super Bowl if bill to legalise anti-gay discrimination becomes law

PinkNews: The US state of Arizona could run the risk of losing the Super Bowl if a law is enacted to allow business owners to legally discriminate against gay people.

Senate Bill 1062 would prevent the state from taking action against individuals and businesses who refuse services to people or groups based on their religious beliefs if such enforcement would “substantially burden” the free exercise of their religion.

The bill was given final approval by the legislature on Friday, but State Governor Jan Brewer has not said whether she will sign it into law.

Currently Arizona is set to host the Super Bowl, the NFL’s championship game, in 2015. That could all change, however, as SB 1062 breaks the NFL’s nondiscrimination policy.

“Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other improper standard,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA Today.

“We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law, but will decline further comment at this time.”

Even the Super Bowl Host committee released a statement condemning the bill.

“On that matter we have heard loud and clear from our various stakeholders that adoption of this legislation would not only run contrary to that goal but deal a significant blow to the state’s economic growth potential,” a committee spokesperson said. “We do not support this legislation.”

Jan Brewer has until Friday to decide on the bill, but is expected to take action sooner.

 

TheAdvocate: Out NBA player Jason Collins will wear number 98 during his time with the Brooklyn Nets as a tribute to Matthew Shepard, reports the New York Daily News.

Collins, who made history as the first openly gay athlete in any men’s major league team sport when he played with the Nets for the first time Sunday, wore the number last season with both the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards as a silent sign of gay pride before coming out. Since publicly revealing that he is gay, Collins acknowledged that he chose the number in reference to the year of Shepard’s murder and the rise of hate-crime laws.

 

Out.com: Jason Collins, the 35-year-old free agent, became the first openly gay athlete to sign to the NBA. Nearly a year after coming out, Collins signed with the New York Nets.

Within hours of sigining, Collins appeared in his first game.

“Right now, I’m focused on trying to learn the plays, the game plan assignment,” Collins told The New York Times. “I don’t have time to really think about history right now.” Collins was brought in a few weeks before when the Nets was adressing its need for interior defense.

“The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision,” General Manager Billy King said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Collins had this to say to gay athletes:

“My message to other athletes, period, is just be yourself. Be your true, authentic self and never be afraid or ashamed or have any fear to be your true authentic self.”

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