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Where is Michael Sam? Apparently he has been battling drug addiction and trying to repair his relationship with his family after his short lived NFL career came to an end. As you recall, Michael was the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, facing backlash and scrutiny after being picked up by the Saint Louis Rams, he was subsequently released. One scene included him kissing his then fiance on air. Then he was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys only to be released before playing a single down for the team. Since then, Michael states his life has fallen into despair, and in part blames the LGBT community for his trials, feeling he was made the poster boy for the movement and then abandoned.

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In an emotional interview published on Yahoo News, former NFL player Michael Sam recounts how his life fell apart after he was celebrated as the first openly gay player in the NFL.

Sam also criticizes the LGBT community, among others, for not helping him after his life had spiraled out of control…

Sam says he began to abuse drugs and alcohol and lost control of his life.

When he found himself in a one-bedroom apartment in Dallas by the Fall of 2016, he reached out to the LGBT community who had championed him before, as well as other sports organizations and businesses.

Despite the previous support they had shown him, “no one would give me a job,” he said.

“Where was the support that I got for coming out?” Sam added. “I felt like I was used by everyone.”

He was partying, working out and hooked on cocaine. “I felt lost and worthless,” he said.

Sam has since stopped abusing hard drugs after an ayahuasca retreat in Peru. He is working to heal his broken relationship with his family.

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We honestly are not sure how to feel about Michael Sam’s placement of blame on the LGBT community. Yes, he is a member of the community, but may feel he did not move strategically with his draft process, let alone the timeliness of his coming out. We are glad he has gotten the help he needs and even happier he is reconnecting with his family, but we honestly feel there needs to be some deep introspection on his part. What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments’ section below.

You can see Michael Sam’s entire interview at the head of this article, happy viewing!

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Yikes! NASCAR Racer, Bubba Wallace Discovers Noose in Team Garage

Recently NASCAR made the controversial decision to ban Old Dixie, the Confederate Flag, from all of their events.

This act has not come without consequence as now Bubba Wallace, the only Black racer in NASCAR’s top series, reportedly found a noose in his team garage in Talladega, Florida on Sunday afternoon.

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Recently NASCAR made the controversial decision to ban Old Dixie, the Confederate Flag, from all of their events.

This act has not come without consequence as now Bubba Wallace, the only Black racer in NASCAR’s top series, reportedly found a noose in his team garage in Talladega, Florida on Sunday afternoon.

via TMZ

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“Today’s despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism,” Wallace says.

“Over the last several weeks, I have been overwhelmed by the support from people across the NASCAR industry including other drivers and team members in the garage.”

“Together, our sport has made a commitment to driving real change and championing a community that is excepting and welcoming of everyone.”

“Nothing is more important and we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hate. As my mother told me today, ‘They are just trying to scare you.’”

“This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in.”

NASCAR also issued a statement saying the org. is “angry and outraged” and have launched an immediate investigation.”

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This heinous act comes after the race was delayed due to rain and a plane was flown over the track with the Confederate flag in protest of NASCAR’s decision. Also weeks before, part-time racer Ray Ciccarelli decided he would not return after the 2020 season in protest.

We are sure this noose is also in response to Bubba’s decision to wear Black Lives Matter paraphernalia, but we support his stance wholeheartedly. We hope NASCAR does a proper investigation and the person or people responsible are found.

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No NFL Teams Have Reached Out to Kaepernick Since His Workout

We really wish we could say we are surprised to report this, but no NFL teams have reached out to Colin Kaepernick since his workout last week. 

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We really wish we could say we are surprised to report this, but no NFL teams have reached out to Colin Kaepernick since his workout last week.

Kaepernick definitely showed he still has the skills, form, and shape to play in the NFL, but that has not seemed to lift their exclusion of him.

via Complex

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As of Sunday, Kaepernick is still looking for a roster spot. According to the ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kaepernick’s team sent out footage of his work out to the 25 franchises that weren’t present for his session at Charles R. Drew High School in Riverdale, Georgia. The teams haven’t extended any offers.

Following his workout, sources claimed that teams were interested in moving forward with Kaepernick. Initially, insiders speculated that it could take weeks for him to anchor a contract. Now, it’s rumored that nothing is expected to be presented to the quarterback.

Kaepernick decided to forgo the NFL orchestrated workout in exchange for the session that was held in Riverdale. When it was first presented to the public, Kaepernick was scheduled to work out in front of 25 NFL teams at the Falcons’ practice facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia. The NFL also promised to send footage of his workout to the other franchises that weren’t in attendance. But Kaepernick cited issues with a liability waiver and media availability as the motive for him to move the session to a venue that was nearly an hour away.

The NFL released a statement following Kaepernick’s decision that claimed it was informed of the move at the same time as the media and it was “disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout.”

The venue change had a polarizing response NFL fans and analysts. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and the Panthers’ Eric Reid went back-and-forth about the topic after Smith stated that Kaepernick’s motive was to merely “control the narrative.”

Whether Colin is picked up or not he is still a hero for Black and Brown people everywhere who have been victims of police brutality. This man simply took a knee in protest. All we can do is shake our heads and in the words of Phaedra Parks say, “Fix it Jesus.”

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#DamageControl! Jay-Z Allegedly Pressured NFL Commissioner to Hold Workout w/ Kaepernick B/c His Reputation Took a Hit After Announcing Roc Nation Partnership

Optics is the “name of the game” as it is being reported that Jay-Z allegedly pushed the NFL Commissioner to hold a workout for Colin Kaepernick to repair his reputation.

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Optics is the “name of the game” as it is being reported that Jay-Z allegedly pushed the NFL Commissioner to hold a workout for Colin Kaepernick to repair his reputation.

As you may recall, Jay-Z’s reputation took a hit when his company Roc Nation partnered with the NFL. The rapper/mogul was labeled a sellout and even harsher, a “race traitor,” by some of his staunchest supporters.

via Complex:

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According to my source, JAY-Z said that he took a reputational bullet for the commissioner when they had that press conference [with] his new role in the NFL,” Patrick said on The Dan Patrick Show, referencing the criticism JAY faced when the partnership was first announced. “Social agenda. Social injustice. He was gonna help with the entertainment for halftime. All of this. My source said that JAY-Z was pressuring the commissioner to do the right thing and have this workout for Colin Kaepernick.” 

He continued, “JAY-Z said, ‘Hey, look, I don’t want to be viewed as a sellout here. Now those are my words, not his, but he was saying ‘reputational bullet.’” In a follow-up tweet, Patrick added that other sources have called the “JAY-Z narrative” another “distraction to take away from the opportunity facilitated by the NFL for Colin Kaepernick.” 

We are just happy to see Colin is getting the workout he deserves. We are not going to trick ourselves into believing that he will get signed by a NFL team, especially since some of them are backing out. However, I guess in Jay-Z’s case it will be the “effort” that counts.

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