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thepoliticalfreakshow:

The Washington Post’s editorial board will quit using the name of Washington’s professional football team, it announced in an editorial Friday afternoon.

The editorial board has called for a name change since as far back as 1992, a fact it notes in the editorial explaining its decision today:

“THIS PAGE has for many years urged the local football team to change its name. The term ‘Redskins,’ we wrote in 1992, ‘is really pretty offensive.’ The team owner then, Jack Kent Cooke, disagreed, and the owner now, Daniel M. Snyder, disagrees, too. But the matter seems clearer to us now than ever, and while we wait for the National Football League to catch up with thoughtful opinion and common decency, we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves. That’s the standard we apply to all offensive vocabulary, and the team name unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too,” the editorial board wrote, adding that “we’ll do our best not to contribute to the disrespect.”

The editorial board’s decision will not affect the paper’s news or sports reporters and readers can still use the name in letters to the editor, the editorial said.

Still, the editorial board is adding itself to a growing list of outlets and journalists choosing to avoid the name. Other publications, like the San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City Star, The Oregonian, Slate, and the Washington City Paper, avoid the name in both news and opinion writing. Columnists at outlets like USA Today and the Buffalo News, meanwhile, have made individual decisions to avoid it. CBS Sports’ Sean McManus said last month that he would give his broadcasters the option to avoid the name during NFL games this season, and CBS analyst Phil Simms and NBC’s Tony Dungy have both said they plan to quit using the name on air.

Source: Travis Waldron for ThinkProgress Sports

thepoliticalfreakshow:

When NFL referees visit the St. Louis Rams on as part of a training camp swing this week, players will be shown a 12-minute video that stresses a"zero tolerance" policy for “players’ on-field use of racial slurs or abusive language relating to sexual orientation.”

The new emphasis takes on a new meaning with Michael Sam in training camp for the Rams, the first openly gay player in league history. The Washington Post’s Mark Maske obtained the video and provided this transcript:

"As the most visible and influential sports entity, we have an obligation to set the standard for sportsmanship," a narrator says during the NFL’s officiating video. "The use of abusive, threatening or insulting language directed at opponents, teammates, game officials or representatives of the league is covered under unsportsmanlike conduct in the playing rules. This includes racial slurs, comments regarding sexual orientation or other verbal abuse. Actions such as these will result in 15-yard penalties and potential discipline. Coaches, game officials and other league personnel will be held to the same high standard."

In addition to the officials visit, the Rams are also having the team attend a meeting on workplace conduct, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Linebacker James Laurinaitis said he’s sure some players will complain about having to sit through another meeting. 

"But I don’t think it ever hurts to just talk about general respect for other people and other players," Laurinaitis said. "Obviously with having Michael (Sam) in the locker room, there’s a need to talk about just general respect for people. … There’s not a problem in our locker room. However, it doesn’t hurt to go around and remind people about it. And just be sensitive to it. Everyone deserves to be treated as a human being and with respect."

The Rams are also among a growing trend in NFL teams not submitting their rookies to hazing, long a tradition. As Eagles coach Chip Kelly said last year: “Everybody is a professional, everyone is on the same team. We don’t have a rookie show, we don’t do those things. We’re all on the same side.”

justinssportscorner:

h/t: Travis Waldron at Think Progress Sports

thepoliticalfreakshow:

While the NFL was getting reamed for the weak punishment it handed down to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for allegedly beating his then-fiancée unconscious — a two-game suspension, really? — baseball’s Minnesota Twins dealt with a similar issue in a way that should make its fans proud.

In a month’s time, four-time All-Star and Twins legend Chuck Knoblauch was scheduled to be inducted in the club’s Hall of Fame prior to a game at Target Field. But on Thursday, the organization announced it was canceling the event.

That’s because the previous night Knoblauch had been arrested for allegedly attacking his ex-wife by throwing her head into the wall and hitting her in the arm and chest.

The reason for the former athlete’s anger? His ex-wife told police that he was upset that she had not been sleeping in the same bedroom as their child.

This isn’t the first accusation of domestic abuse levied against Knoblauch. He had previously been sentenced to a year of probation for abusing his previous wife in 2010.

At first glance, one might think that by canceling the Hall of Fame ceremony the Twins were just recognizing the poor timing of the event and would instead wait to induct Knoblauch once the uproar had died down.

That doesn’t appear to be the case.

"There are no plans to reschedule," Twins President Dave St. Peter said on Thursday.

St. Peter wouldn’t rule out Knoblauch ever being inducted: “Never is a strong word,” he allowed. Still, he explained that the club has no intention of honoring the former second baseman.

The prior generation of baseball stars (including longtime Knoblauch teammate Kirby Puckett) may have been able to largely get away with domestic abuse allegations, just like Rice escaped with a slap on the wrist this week.

Yet that’s not the case for Knoblauch. And rightly so.

Source: R.J. Rico for Mic

thepoliticalfreakshow:

ESPN2 host Keith Olbermann ripped former NFL coach and current NBC sports commentator Tony Dungy for anti-gay comments Dungy made about football player Michael Sam.

Dungy, an avowed evangelical Christian, recently told the Tampa Tribune that he would not have drafted Sam, the first openly gay football player in NFL history, because he “wouldn’t want to deal with” the media attention that surrounds trailblazing, barrier-breaking athletes like him.

The Washington Post's Cindy Boren rightly points out the stunning hypocrisy in Dungy’s sudden concern about “distractions,” since Dungy was the man who helped dog-fighting barbarian Michael Vick rebuild his career and rehabilitate his image.

In a segment on his show yesterday, Olbermann called Dungy out for his hypocritical and homophobic double standards, and named Dungy the “Worst Person in the Sports World.”

From the 07.21.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show

STFU, Tony Dungy! 

h/t: Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Michael Sam, the first out gay NFL player, received the Arthur Ashe Award for courage at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night. He received a standing ovation as he took the stage and delivered this powerful acceptance speech while fighting back tears:

“To anyone out there, especially young people feeling like they don’t fit in, and would never be accepted, please know this, great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself,” he said.

Source: Michael Rusch for Buzzfeed

NOTE: On the term “Profiles in Cowardice” in the headline, it refers to the Vikings’ actions related to the independent review on Chris Kluwe. 

h/t: Travis Waldron at Think Progress Sports

The offending 1992 ad in question:

h/t: Isaac Saul at HuffPost Women

Porno Pete, I hope someone puts a fucking ballgag over your mouth! 

H/T: Brian Tashman at RWW

H/T: Brian Tashman at RWW

See Also: Dana Busted: Dana Loesch defends Washington NFL Team’s racist name, slams USPTO for denying “Redskins” trademark

H/T: Gary Legum at Wonkette

h/t: Dave Rappoccio at The Guardian

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

In May, Michael Sam became the first openly gay man to be drafted into the NFL. Seconds later, he became the first openly gay man to kiss his boyfriend after being drafted into the NFL. A handful of Americans complained about the latter; you get the sense they were just as upset about the former.

Through a FOIA request, we’ve received the indecency complaints received by the FCC regarding Sam’s kiss (which also included some cake-smushing). There were 20 legitimate ones, a decent haul considering it was a Saturday-afternoon cable broadcast over which the FCC doesn’t even have jurisdiction. (Also among the messages were a bit of satire from PFT Commenter and a message for Deadspin.)

First, some of our favorite, apparently genuine complaints:

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

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Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

And then there’s this. We’ll take it under consideration.

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

Below are all the complaints. Dive in.

Previously in FCC complaints: Beyoncé | M.I.A.’s middle finger | Miley Cyrus |Shirtless RHCP | David Ortiz’s f-bomb | Richard Sherman | Kevin Ware’s injury

Source: Barry Petchesky for Deadspin