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Tony Dungy won the Super Bowl as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts in 2007.

But he didn't win over a lot of fans this week when he said he would NOT have drafted Michael Sam for his team, explaining that the first openly gay player in NFL history would be too much of a "distraction."

"I wouldn't have taken him. Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it," Dungy told The Tampa Tribune, adding:

"It's not going to be totally smooth ... things will happen."

This remark especially caused a stir because Dungy openly campaigned for Michael Vick to be given a fair chance in the league after he served two years in prison on dog fighting charges awhile back.

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The Michael Sam reality show has been indefinitely placed on hold.

The former Missouri defensive end and SEC Defensive Player of the Year became the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL this month.

A few days ago, he announced that he had signed on for a series with OWN that would chronicle his journey to making the team.

It was a move met with criticism by those who cited Sam himself as saying he wanted to be known as just a football player, not a gay football player - and how many seventh round draft picks star in reality shows?

Michael Sam Image

Now, following an admission by the St. Louis Rams that they were unaware of Sam’s deal with OWN prior to choosing him and were afraid he could become a "distraction," Sam has pulled out of the series.

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From Lindsay Lohan to... Michael Sam?

Let no one accuse Oprah Winfrey's struggling television network of not being diverse.

OWN announced today that that it will air a series which chronicles Sam’s journey as the first openly gay player in the NFL, with a press release describing the program as "a deeply personal, up-close look at the remarkable man at the center of this groundbreaking moment in professional sports."

Sam was drafted in the 7th round of last week's NFL draft and will head this summer to the St. Louis Rams training camp.

Michael Sam Pic

He still must make the 53-man roster this fall.

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Yesterday, former Ole Miss basketball star Marshall Henderson called for a boycott of ESPN in response to the cable network's coverage of Michael Sam being drafted by the St. Louis Rams.

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  • Vito Cammisano Kisses Michael Sam

Henderson was so disgusted by an on-air kiss between Sam and his longtime boyfriend Vito Cammisano that he tweeted about his plans to stop watching the network and referred to the kiss as "nasty" and "sickening."

Shortly after that comment, Henderson began making the highly questionable claim that his homophobic tirade was part of a psychological experiment he was conducting as a favor for a gay friend:

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Over the weekend, Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, thus making history as the first openly gay player to enter the NFL.

Vito Cammisano Kisses Michael Sam

Most of the social media responses to the news were overwhelmingly positive, with Sam's boyfriend Vito Cammisano leading the pack of congratulatory tweeters.

Sadly, a handful of homophobes were more than happy to rain on the parade with some even calling for a boycott of ESPN for showing a kiss between Sam and Cammisano on air.

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by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Michael Sam made NFL history on Saturday.

The defensive end became the first openly gay player to be drafted by this professional football league when the St. Louis Rams took him in the seventh round.

Watch Sam's emotional reaction to receiving the news here:

But while the Internet was abuzz over this development, Tweeting congratulations to both Sam and the Rams, many stopped to wonder:

Who's that guy Sam is kissing?!?

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Out magazine released its 8th annual list of the most powerful figures in the LGBT community this week and the choice for number one may surprise...absolutely no one.

Robin Roberts
Sports journalist Robin Roberts. Out magazine ranked her as the tenth most powerful member of LGBT community.

Naturally, Queen of all Media Ellen DeGeneres took the top spot for the second year in a row.

The magazine's editors explained their decision by pointing out that Ellen's daytime show continues to break its own ratings records, her famous Oscars selfie became the stuff of Twitter legend, and - perhaps most importantly - "everybody loves Ellen."

Runner-up on the list may be less famous, but he's certainly no less successful. Out dubbed Apple CEO Tim Cook "the most powerful gay man America." 

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Someday, the following list will not be necessary.

Someday, celebrities will not need to make any sort of official announcement regarding their sexuality because, quite simply, no one will care and society will be fully accepting of all orientations.

But that day hasn't arrived yet, for reasons explained so eloquently by Ellen Page when she came out as a lesbian on Friday:

Perhaps these stars can make a difference. Maybe they can positively influence others struggling with their sexual identity, using their public platform to push for tolerance.

So, with all that in mind, we join many in Hollywood in saluting Page and other famous folks who are very out and awfully proud:

Ellen Page
Ellen Page made a major announcement in early 2014: She's gay. We applaud her for it.

by Free Britney at . Comments

Dale Hansen, a Dallas-area sports anchor, has offered an epic defense of Michael Sam, the former Missouri star turned NFL prospect who just came out as gay.

Sam, "the SEC defensive player of the year and expected to be a third to fifth-round pick in the NFL draft, tells the world he's gay," Hansen began his most recent commentary."

"The best defensive player in college football's best conference only a third to fifth round NFL pick? Really? That is shocking, and I guess that other thing is, too."

Several NFL officials tell SI that Michael Sam coming out will hurt his draft status, due to its effect in the locker room; it would be uncomfortable, because that's a man's world.

Watch Hansen obliterate that argument in the monologue below:

"It wasn't that long ago," the 65-year-old recalls, "when we were being told that black players couldn't play in 'our games because it would be 'uncomfortable.'"

"And even when they finally could, it took several more years before a black man played quarterback. Because we weren't 'comfortable' with that, either."

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On Sunday night, Michael Sam came out as gay.

Assuming he gets drafted in May, the former Missouri defensive end will become the first openly homosexual player to suit up in the NFL.

That's cause for celebration and admiration, right? Wrong, according to some outspoken morons on Twitter.

Consider some of the backlash against Sam in the form of the following Tweets, but consider yourself warned: These contain strong language... and may impart on you a desire to flee the planet:

Michael Sam father has failed. Fuck all his accomplishments, records, and etc.. yo sons a...

Michael Sam father has failed. Fuck all his accomplishments, records, and etc.. yo sons a faggot.

@_TreyMal
Michael Sam father has failed. Fuck all his accomplishments, records, and etc.. yo sons a faggot.

Along similarly depressing lines, a series of racist Tweets were posted soon after Coca-Cola played a heartfelt commercial during this month's Super Bowl.

People can just totally suck sometimes, can't thy?