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espnW -- Kate Fagan explains why covering openly gay athletes is news

espnW -- Kate Fagan explains why covering openly gay athletes is news | Sports Ethics Today | Scoop.it
We should listen to guys like Steve Elkington.


Really, we should.


Dismissing him is too easy. So is portraying him as some out-of-touch, past-his-prime professional golfer standing alone in the rough, wit
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This is a very well-written article. It brings attention to several very well-articulated arguments. This statement made by the writer specifically stuck out to me when reading it:

"This won't be news forever, but it's news today because civil rights have always been news, especially during those transcendent moments in history when longstanding barriers are finally smashed. The sad truth is, the sports world has long been a hostile place for gay men and lesbians."


I felt like this statement changed my personal opinions on this situation. I strongly agree with it. Homosexual athletes surely will not be news forever, but right now, it shouldn't be disregarded as NOT news. The fact that athletes are finally even able to come out now, whether that causes controversy or not, is news within itself. This is absolutely a civil rights issue, and as the author states, civil rights has always been news. Paying attention to these stories is important; it shows our progress and allows for more. 

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N-word has no place in NFL, society - ESPN

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Michael Wilbon and Jason Whitlock join Outside the Lines and examine the NFL's proposal to penalize the use of the N-word.
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Texas Tells NFL Their Gun Laws Don’t Apply Here

Texas Tells NFL Their Gun Laws Don’t Apply Here | Sports Ethics Today | Scoop.it

The National Football League passed a new rule that bans off-duty police officers from bringing guns inside stadiums – but Texas has chosen to adhere to the policy in its own way. Texas state law states that so long as off-duty law enforcement officers check in...

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I thought this article was discussing an undeniably debatable topic, although I was still able to form a clear opinion on this debate after reading through. I think that it is absolutely reasonable for police officers to feel the need to be armed with their firearms given their professions, even when in already secured public environments, such as heavily populated sports stadiums. Police officers, as the article states, take an oath to protect the people, and I agree that this is one of the few professions that is truly a never-ending shift. Therefore, police officers have every right to expect to keep their firearms on them in the stadiums. However, I do agree that if the stadiums are truly trying to monitor this, it is acceptable to expect any armed officials to be sitting in designated seating within the stadium. 

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Missouri Students Block Westboro Baptist Protest Against Gay NFL Hopeful Michael Sam — Give Him Standing-O in Arena

Missouri Students Block Westboro Baptist Protest Against Gay NFL Hopeful Michael Sam — Give Him Standing-O in Arena | Sports Ethics Today | Scoop.it
COLUMBIA, Mo. (TheBlaze/AP) — Westboro Baptist Church came to the University of Missouri's basketball game against Tennessee Saturday to protest NFL hopeful Michael Sam, who announced last weekend that he is gay. But many UM students, donning "Stand with Sam" pins, formed a human wall around Mizzou Arena...
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I think it is interesting to see that the majority of the firm supporters behind Sam are of the younger generation. Tolerance among different age generations clearly varies. 

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Cats follow Miller's code of ethics in dealing with fans : Basketball

Cats follow Miller's code of ethics in dealing with fans : Basketball | Sports Ethics Today | Scoop.it
Considering the current temperature of college basketball, maybe it’s not so good a time for the Arizona Wildcats to be playing at their in-state rival’s sold-out place on Friday.
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As mentioned in this story, the Marcus Smart/fan incident bring the ethics of sports into question. Dealing with nasty comments and negative energy on another team's turf is undeniably frustrating and can get the best of some. However, I really enjoyed this story because I feel like the Smart incident should be used as a reminder for universities to make it a priority to acknowledge to their athletes the difficulty of dealing with other fans. U of A's sports ethics shine through in this story, and I find that very respectable in today's heated college athletics environment, especially in college basketball. 

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Foes in the NHL, U.S. teammates are joining forces

Foes in the NHL, U.S. teammates are joining forces | Sports Ethics Today | Scoop.it
SOCHI, RUSSIA – Dustin Brown and Ryan Kesler traded punches to the head in a fight during an NHL regular-season game in mid-January
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Being part of a team brings a player a strong sense of pride and commitment to that team, and this is more than understandable and even expected. However, it is very reassuring to see these athletes, who see each other as rivals in terms of the NHL, come together as one to represent their country on the Olympic team with equal pride. 

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The Loss of Ethics, Morals, and History in the Sports World

If you look at the athletes in sports now and 30 years ago you might notice a little change in attitude, respect, and image...
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This is sadly spot on. In my opinion, money has changed the ways in the sports world. Money took the meaning and the pride and the common love for the game away. 

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Marcus Smart Pushes Fan In Not So Smart Move

Marcus Smart Pushes Fan In Not So Smart Move | Sports Ethics Today | Scoop.it

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Has money ruined ethics in sports? - SKNVibes.com

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Kelly Joey Seay's curator insight, September 14, 2014 7:42 PM

This is a major reason I feel that ethics has went down hill due to the importance of making more money. 

Richardson, A. 's curator insight, November 16, 2014 9:06 PM

Money and epic salary and endorsement deals certainly has not enhanced and increased ethics in sports.  With millions of dollars to be earned or lost due to wins, contracts and endorsement money, athletes are playing for much more than the love of the game.  In the words of Jerry Maguire, "show me the money."

Mike Falvo's curator insight, January 19, 2015 4:29 AM

I don't think it has COMPLETELY ruined ethics in sports, but it is definitely a driving force in the decisions made on and off the "field" of sport.

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NFL is right to ban N-word, other slurs, from the playing field - Washington Post

NFL is right to ban N-word, other slurs, from the playing field - Washington Post | Sports Ethics Today | Scoop.it
New York Daily News NFL is right to ban N-word, other slurs, from the playing field Washington Post There's momentum within the NFL to institute a rule by which players would be penalized 15 yards for using discriminatory words on the field,...
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Banning gay players from NFL is absurd - Washington Post (blog)

Banning gay players from NFL is absurd - Washington Post (blog) | Sports Ethics Today | Scoop.it
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Michael Sam made history when he came out of the closet weeks before the NFL draft.
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Worse violation of NCAA student-athlete 'culture': North Carolina or Penn State?

Worse violation of NCAA student-athlete 'culture': North Carolina or Penn State? | Sports Ethics Today | Scoop.it
Education is a stated priority for an organization that has been heavily criticized for its uneven responses to recent scandals, from Miami's booster scandal to academic fraud at North Carolina to the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State.
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I think North Carolina's wrongdoings outweigh those of Penn State. I feel this way because as the article states, the reason behind attending college in the first place is to receive higher education. Therefore, UNC has been defying the true purpose of university level education to its athletes, therefore losing sight of the university's overall purpose: to educate. By literally creating classes to make academics easier on student athletes, the university is only cheating its athletes...STUDENT athletes. This situation would be different if these people were solely athletes, but this is not the case. The people being cheated in the end here are STUDENT athletes. The student comes first in that phrase for a reason, and harsh restrictions should be laid on UNC to remind the university's officials of this. 

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Major League Baseball execs would sign gay player

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Baseball is ready for a Michael Sam.
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"I don't think football is ready for (an openly gay player) just yet," an NFL player personnel assistant told SI.com. "In the coming decade or two, it's going to be acceptable, but at this point in time it's still a man's-man game.....It'd chemically imbalance an NFL locker room and meeting room."


This quote from the article threw me off guard. A few paragraphs above it, the article clearly stated that Sam had come out to his Mizzou teammates in a preseason meeting. And, as it continues, his teammates accepted him. Therefore, how can football not be ready for an openly gay player? Clearly the locker room was not an issue with Sam and his teammates despite their knowledge of his orientation, so what's to say that it would be so different in the NFL locker rooms where I'd like to assume mature NFL players would take on the same attitude as Sam's teammates. 


The sexual orientation of Sam, or any professional athlete for that matter, has absolutely no effect on their athletic performance. Chicago Cubs president, Theo Epstein, had the right idea based off his words included in this article:


"If the reports about his football ability and character are accurate, we would sign the baseball Michael Sam in a second and be a better organization for it," Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein said.

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Michael Sam's dad now says after son revealed he was gay, he 'went to Applebee's to have drinks' and doesn't 'want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment'

Michael Sam's dad now says after son revealed he was gay, he 'went to Applebee's to have drinks' and doesn't 'want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment' | Sports Ethics Today | Scoop.it
Michael Sam told his father, who is in a nursing home in Dallas, last week he was gay. The dad said the former Missouri star told him on Feb. 4, the father's birthday.
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While I will say that I do understand why this event is receiving so much spotlight in the media, I can't say I necessarily agree with all the attention this is getting. I see headlines all over the Internet, as well as this story on news stations every day. I think it is great that this athlete was brave enough to make his announcement so public, and I believe he has just set an example for many others in his situation that will use him as a sign of hope and a source of strength in following his lead. But aside from that, who cares? He is an outstanding athlete with exceeding potential, and his sexual orientation has absolutely no effect on his athletic performance. I do not agree with all the attention this is getting in the media because I feel like it is being blown out of proportion. 

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Ex-Red Sox Trainer Mike Reinold Injected Players with Controversial Substance

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Former Boston Red Sox athletic trainer Mike Reinold could be facing some major legal troubles including violating Massachusetts state law and medical ethics law after information ...
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Oklahoma State basketball: Marcus Smart loses cool in Cowboys' loss to Texas ... - NewsOK.com

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Point of the Game: Sports Ethics: Play Through Pain

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College Football Star Michael Sam Says He Is Gay; May Become First Publicly Gay Player in N.F.L.

College Football Star Michael Sam Says He Is Gay; May Become First Publicly Gay Player in N.F.L. | Sports Ethics Today | Scoop.it

Coaches at the University of Missouri divided players into small groups at a preseason football practice last year for a team-building exercise. One by one, players were asked to talk about themselves — where they grew up, why they chose Missouri and what others might not know about them.

 

As Michael Sam, a defensive lineman, began to speak, he balled up a piece of paper in his hands. “I’m gay,” he said. With that, Mr. Sam set himself on a path to become the first publicly gay player in the National Football League.

 

“I looked in their eyes, and they just started shaking their heads — like, finally, he came out,” Mr. Sam said Sunday in an interview with The New York Times, the first time he spoke publicly about his sexual orientation.


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