Who is this year’s Top Jock–off the field? There’s a revolution in sports equality these days–with athletes, coaches and executives coming out in droves–so it’s not an easy choice.
Is it former major league outfielder Billy Bean, who was appointed by Major League Baseball this year to level the playing field for gay players, baseball personnel and fans?
Is it Chris Kluwe, the non-gay punter and advocate who exposed the homophobia of his former team, the Minnesota Vikings?
The courageous Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL?
Olympian Ian Thorpe, who came out this year? Perhaps the entire UVA swim team, for standing up publicly for its gay teammates? And who could ignore the great Jason Collins, who made history by simply clocking into an NBA game, the first time an openly gay player had touched the hardwood?
VOTING IN THE QUEERTIES IS EASY: Just head over to the ballot page and click on your favorite nominees.
You can come back and vote once every day until the contest closes on November 02, 2014, at midnight Eastern.
It’s sad that there’s a good chance Michael Sam will simply fade into oblivion without a NFL team. People will forget about him.
@trelin: Yes, it is sad. Hopefully something else will open up for him – even if it is not football.
Alan down in Florida
Michael Sam’s bravery will be well-rewarded even if it is not by the NFL.
You know I wish we as a community could give an award to all the sportsmen and women who choose to come out and stand proud, every closet door flung open makes it a little easier for each succeeding generation to be who they are.
Maybe it’s the “revolution”, and not one single person. The NFL seems hopeless, almost insurmountable.
An openly gay player is more of a controversy than the systemic protection and covering up of: domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, rape, child abuse, DUI, felony weapon charges, and the list goes on and on.
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