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Derogatory Monikers

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Redskins Donation

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R-Word

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Arizona Governor Expected to Veto Gay Jim Crow

Gov. Jan Brewer is a tea party darling, but she doesn’t want to lose the Super Bowl or Apple’s business.

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The NFL Proves Why America Needs to Update Its Civil Rights Laws

If ever there was a perfect example of how employment discrimination against gay people operates on a day-to-day basis—and why Congress needs to outlaw such discrimination—the National Football League just provided it.

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Openly Gay Football Player Michael Sam Gets a Standing Ovation From Missouri Fans

At halftime during a basketball game Saturday, Mizzou students and spectators gave a rousing ovation to their star footballer Michael Sam, who is widely expected to become the first openly gay NFL player when he is inevitably drafted in May.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Michael Sam

The NFL hopeful could be another nail in the coffin of sexual hate in professional sports.

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Out of the Closet

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Breaking NFL Barriers

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Will the NFL Make Way for Its First Openly Gay Player?

University of Missouri’s All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam is set to be picked in the early rounds of the National Football League’s May draft. But is the league, known for its “machismo and violence,” ready for an involuntary change in image?

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Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Kluwe

The Minnesota Vikings punter was fired after he began speaking out in defense of the political rights of gays and lesbians during the 2012 NFL season.

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Incognito

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Hail to the Washingtons

I’m a bit late to the topic, but the Washington, D.C., professional football team really ought to change its name.

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Washington Redskins

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Slap in the Face

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League of Denial

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WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

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WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

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Wendy Davis Won’t Back Down, Maher Rips Voting Rights Act Decision, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s latest fight against student loan rate increases and what the top two Senate Republicans are requesting of the NFL and other major American sports leagues.

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NFL Defends the ‘R-Word’

Responding to a plea from members of Congress to change the Washington Redskins’ bigoted name, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote, “The name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”

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‘I’m a 34-Year-Old NBA Center. I’m Black. And I’m Gay’

With those courageous words, longtime NBA player Jason Collins made history Monday by coming out as the first openly gay athlete in major professional sports.

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Chris Kluwe to NFL Players Worried About an Openly Gay Player: ‘Grow the F*** Up’

The Minnesota Vikings punter and staunch gay rights advocate also has plenty of advice for coaches, fans and anyone in the media who think an openly gay player in the NFL would be a “distraction.”

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It Gets Better for Whom?

The “It Gets Better” project is a grand achievement, and the abundant and various non-famous voices on the website offer much needed empathy and recognition. But we might consider how unhelpfully easy the lucky, privileged, “normal” few can make hope sound.

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Brendon Ayanbadejo and ‘The Other Team’

The Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens linebacker holds rank as LGBT hero-of the-moment. His postgame interview with CNN’s Don Lemon showcased his well-informed, well-spoken worldliness, as he declared equality for all, regardless of sexuality or gender expression. 

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Watch: Sandy Hook Chorus Performs With Jennifer Hudson at Super Bowl

“We have come to New Orleans to represent the Sandy Hook Family and the community of Newtown, Connecticut,” a statement from the school said. “Our wish is to demonstrate to America and the world that, ‘We are Sandy Hook and We Choose Love.’ ”

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Truthdigger of the Week: Brendon Ayanbadejo

Ahead of the 47th Super Bowl on Sunday, a jock has capitalized on his moment in the spotlight to continue his campaign of support for gay rights.

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49ers Players Deny Being in Anti-Bullying LGBT Video They’re In

As if the anti-gay remarks by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver weren’t enough to send the team’s management into a tizzy, two of its other players are adding to the controversy by denying that they were in a video produced to combat bullying experienced by LGBT teens.

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Hagel Clashes With McCain, Geraldo Contemplates Senate Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including details on the newest version of Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill and Denver’s mayor channels Ray Lewis after losing an NFL playoff bet.

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Jailbreak Your Smartphone, Go to Jail

As though we don’t have enough absurd laws in the U.S., a new one has passed criminalizing the unlocking of mobile devices; the U.S. is spending $400,000 a day to keep innocent people incarcerated in Guantanamo; and this Sunday is the Super Bowl, when we watch men cause one another brain trauma. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Ravens Player to Use Super Bowl to Advocate for Gay Marriage

Brendon Ayanbadejo has been an outspoken proponent of the cause, and for LGBT rights in general, since he became one of the first athletes from a major professional sport to publicly announce his support for same-sex marriage in 2009.

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Nate Silver’s Super Bowl Pick Falls Short

Silver, who writes The New York Times’ popular FiveThirtyEight blog, makes his living by predicting events. Oftentimes, he’s right, like he was during the 2012 presidential election when he correctly forecast how every state would vote. But even experts are wrong occasionally.

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Retired NFL Players at Risk of Brain Damage

Former football players are likelier to suffer “cognitive deficits and depression as they grow older,” and to develop abnormalities in the size of brain matter and blood flow, compared with a healthy control group, a new study suggested.

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Don’t Blame Mike Shanahan

If you are a football fan and are appalled by what happened Sunday and want to find someone to blame, look in the mirror. It is the fans—in the stands and in front of their television sets—who have made football our national sport. Risk and injury are not just a part of the game, they are at its heart.

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Fox News Host Tells Female Victims of Violence to ‘Make Better Decisions’

Former Bush administration White House press secretary Dana Perino offered up the piece of victim-blaming advice Wednesday while discussing the recent deaths of NFL player Javon Belcher and his girlfriend.

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Watch: NBC’s Costas Talks Gun Control on ‘Sunday Night Football’

It’s not often a televised professional football game gets purposely political. But Sunday night’s matchup did just that after an apparent murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher.

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The Replacements

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Replace This Greed

For friends of labor, the revolt against the National Football League’s replacement refs is the most remarkable event since the organization of Henry Ford’s car company into the United Auto Workers union.

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NFL Replacement Ref Outrage Grows After Botched Call Leads to Seahawks Win

Finally, President Obama and union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have found an issue that they agree on: getting the regular union officials back into NFL games.

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The Dangers of ‘Football Brain’

More than 3,000 former players and their families have filed a class-action lawsuit against the National Football League, alleging that the organization downplayed the risks associated with head injuries and “fostered a culture of violent play.”

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NFL Faces More Lawsuits Over Concussions

More than 100 former professional football players Thursday joined the growing list of those who are suing the NFL over concussion-related injuries.

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Junior Seau Death Latest in String of NFL Suicides

Junior Seau is the latest ex-NFL player to commit suicide, leaving some to question whether these cases may be related to brain injuries the men suffered during their playing careers.

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Tebow’s Prayers

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NFL Charges Broadcasters $20 for Every American

After negotiating various new agreements, Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN and DirecTV will altogether pay close to $6 billion a year to broadcast NFL games to a football-addicted America.

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