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Reacting to Gay Kiss During NFL Draft Should Not Get You Suspended, Says ESPN's Stephen A. Smith
Christian Post ^ | 05/14/2014 | Morgan Lee

Posted on 05/14/2014 7:05:20 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith blasted the Miami Dolphins' decision to suspend safety Don Jones after he tweeted "omg" and "horrible" after watching footage of Michael Sam celebrate becoming the first openly gay NFL player by kissing his boyfriend live on TV. Smith has said people should not be punished just for reacting negatively to a homosexual couple kissing, and insisted that those with views that do not condone homosexual behavior should also be respected.

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Smith, who appeared to talk about ESPN's coverage of Michael Sam, on FirstTake on Monday, stressed that the kiss "didn't bother me," and that he was celebrating in a similar manner to how "we see with heterosexual couples all the time."

The commentator said that he had not seen footage of Sam and his boyfriend Vito Cammisano smashing cake into one another's faces in celebration but "if I saw all of that... I would say the same thing I would say to a heterosexual couple: 'Get a room'."

Earlier this week, the Miami Dolphins announced that Jones would be fined and suspended from team activities until training camp because of his negative social media reaction to Sam, which did not sit well with Smith.

"When it comes to the players and their tweets, I don't believe they should have been punished for it. I'm of the mindset that there is freedom of speech. People have the right to say what they feel and if there are ramifications for it, so be it. If advertisers and sponsors and them, they don't want to endorse them or something like that, then that's the price you clearly was willing to pay and you have to pay it," Smith explained. "But I think it's a very, very dangerous thing when people see something and they have a problem with what they're seeing and they express themselves and ultimately they're fined."

Fellow ESPN commentator, Skip Bayless, who is a Christian, also chimed in, saying that while to the gay community, Sam's display of affection may have been "tender," "compelling and powerful," those who did not find it the same way, were equally entitled to their opinions.

"I also defend the right of those who believe that the Bible says a man should not be with a man and a woman should not be with a woman. If you believe that, then because your country was founded on religious freedom, then you have the right to believe that. But again, those in the locker room, who hold that spiritual or Christian view, that biblical view, they still, they need to be tolerant of Michael Sam," said Bayless.

Having spoken to prominent pastors on both sides of the issue, Bayless said he is personally split, but noted, "For those who don't believe it, the repetition on this and other networks was cringe worthy after a while: 'Gee it's again and again, you're sort of rubbing our nose in it here'."

Smith also added: "If we're going to call ourselves a Christian nation, then we have to be sensitive to some of the beliefs that emanate from the Christian religion," and that the public has overall become much more educated about the LGBT community in recent years.

"[When a person is] in the process of learning it Skip, when someone is willing to say....'I was watching the NFL draft. I didn't expect to see that. It just shocked me. And oh by the way, it was shown over and over and over again and I wasn't ready for that.' Is that wrong? Is that a crime? Is that something that warrants a fine and being ostracized from team activities until training community?'" he added.

Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams as the 249th pick in the seventh round.

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KEYWORDS: espn; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; liberalfascism; liberalmedia; michaelsam; nfl
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1 posted on 05/14/2014 7:05:20 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The homosexual agenda is starting to unravel, as I see it. This whole event, a very public spectacle, has turned normal Americans into “homophobes” for simply voicing an opinion. It is now considered disrespectful for one to voice dissent. America’s darkest days are nearing.


2 posted on 05/14/2014 7:07:14 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Exactly. If a homosexual commentator were aghast at a heterosexual couple kissing and expressed that on nationwide TV, would he be suspended?


3 posted on 05/14/2014 7:08:06 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

We learned that Michael Sam is more interested in being a gay activist than he is in being a football player.


4 posted on 05/14/2014 7:08:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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5 posted on 05/14/2014 7:09:06 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The commentator said that he had not seen footage of Sam and his boyfriend Vito Cammisano smashing cake into one another's faces in celebration but "if I saw all of that... I would say the same thing I would say to a heterosexual couple: 'Get a room'."

But you see, Sam has made it all about his gay-ness, so he needs to flaunt flaunt flaunt his gay-ness twenty-four-seven. How that is going to translate to on-the-field performance I don't know. Maybe he'll kiss the opposing O linemen?

6 posted on 05/14/2014 7:09:27 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I won’t watch NFL again.


7 posted on 05/14/2014 7:11:19 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No conservatives should be watching NFL games or participating in any NFL related events. At least no conservative that is willing to do more than talk.


8 posted on 05/14/2014 7:11:20 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: SeekAndFind

Just curiously, will football sponsors now be Leggs panty hose, Revlon, Cover Girl...etc.??


9 posted on 05/14/2014 7:11:45 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: SeekAndFind

Solution - just say your wife, girlfriend, daughter, son, cousin, brother, father, etc. was on your twitter.

PROBLEM SOLVED - IF WEINER COULD DO IT, SO CAN YOU!


10 posted on 05/14/2014 7:12:38 AM PDT by struggle
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To: dfwgator
We learned that Michael Sam is more interested in being a gay activist than he is in being a football player.

You just nailed it. BIG TIME!

11 posted on 05/14/2014 7:12:41 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: SMARTY
ESPN just hired two new hosts for ESPN NFL GameDay....


12 posted on 05/14/2014 7:12:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Rummyfan
But you see, Sam has made it all about his gay-ness, so he needs to flaunt flaunt flaunt his gay-ness twenty-four-seven. How that is going to translate to on-the-field performance I don't know. Maybe he'll kiss the opposing O linemen?

Maybe the opposing offensive linemen will get so annoyed by his antics that they will award him a career-ending injury.

13 posted on 05/14/2014 7:14:45 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Poor old Stephen A. Smith will be looking for a job tomorrow. I agree with him wholeheartedly.
14 posted on 05/14/2014 7:15:33 AM PDT by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Miami Dolphins’ decision to suspend safety Don Jones after he tweeted “omg” and “horrible”’

I suspect this is what most NFl platyers were thinking. Let’s hope they speak out in Jones defense.


15 posted on 05/14/2014 7:17:01 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: SeekAndFind

The NFL goes “all in” for Michael Sam and gets some new cheer leaders for the games.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRDOdXbWpW8


16 posted on 05/14/2014 7:21:08 AM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hahahah this is hilarious.

The only reason any of this type of commentary is being allowed is because now black people are getting all upset that it is black people being portrayed and/or highlighted as being homosexual.

When it was/is all white people, you only hear crickets.

This will be a great knot to watch the lib coalition wrestle with.


17 posted on 05/14/2014 7:21:58 AM PDT by Individual Rights in NJ (I don't even know what to say anymore...)
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To: stinkerpot65

The NFL has made a pact with the devil. They will rue the day.


18 posted on 05/14/2014 7:25:21 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Individual Rights in NJ

It’s always fun to watch the left turn on itself...


19 posted on 05/14/2014 7:26:39 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This whole thing is getting weirder by the day. Is there REALLY any heterosexual that is not, at least on some level, repulsed at the sight of two grown men snogging? Sorry all you Nancy boys, it will NEVER be normal.


20 posted on 05/14/2014 7:28:52 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: rarestia
The homosexual agenda is starting to unravel, as I see it. This whole event, a very public spectacle, has turned normal Americans into “homophobes” for simply voicing an opinion. It is now considered disrespectful for one to voice dissent. America’s darkest days are nearing.

I don't see how it's unraveling....looks to me like it's picking up steam and advancing.

21 posted on 05/14/2014 7:29:11 AM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: Rennes Templar
What I am wondering is why more lower draft selections did not declare them self gay, whether they are or not. It was already set up that if Sam was not selected it was because he was gay. This virtually assured him being selected by someone to cover the NFL’ s rear.

There were several other players with better performance numbers and stats than Sam, and they were not drafted. No one speaks about that. Because Sam is gay, he possibly took a spot from someone who deserved to be drafted. I dare say his chances of being cut are nil. This is the real problems people have with the gays. Not their gayness, but the special accommodations made for them. Just ask anyone in the military.

The greatest coup could have been Jadaveon Clowney declaring himself gay, whether he was or not. His personal endorsement could have triple. I guarantee he could have made $200 million in endorsements his first year. He is not gay, but financially and career supporting, he would have been better off to be gay.

Gay is a positive now, not a negative.

22 posted on 05/14/2014 7:30:51 AM PDT by lynn4303
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To: lynn4303

That’s what the NFL wants people to believe, but I still suspect privately, at least 90% of the players are disgusted with it.


23 posted on 05/14/2014 7:31:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams as the 249th pick in the seventh round.

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24 posted on 05/14/2014 7:34:26 AM PDT by dragonblustar ( Psalm 103, Psalm 37:7, Ephesians 6:12)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Why Mr. or Miss. Sam decided the world needed to see him kiss on Film is beyond me. The boy got his wish to play in the NFL but that was not enough. He had to force his sexuality on the world. Why the Gay agenda is to purport this on the world is outrageous. I don’t care what goes on in his private world Never been a Rams fan and prob never will! As far as the suspension The NFL is totally nutz!


25 posted on 05/14/2014 7:35:01 AM PDT by DocJhn
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To: ealgeone

Meaning it’s no longer being pushed surreptitiously. It’s right out in the open and they’re daring us to challenge them.


26 posted on 05/14/2014 7:36:10 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: DocJhn

Sam knows his NFL career will be very short, so he want to make himself an icon in the short time he has....I suspect he’ll try to enter politics or go into the entertainment industry afterwards.


27 posted on 05/14/2014 7:36:25 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

” If advertisers and sponsors and them, they don’t want to endorse them or something like that, then that’s the price you clearly was willing to pay and you have to pay it,” Smith explained. “

Huh? English as a second language?


28 posted on 05/14/2014 7:40:32 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: dfwgator

I agree. At least 90% are disgusted with that behavior. I bet they don’t have a problem with playing with him. But some do now. It’s the NFL that has to be all in on this, least they be persecuted.


29 posted on 05/14/2014 7:42:32 AM PDT by lynn4303
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To: lynn4303

I think Rams management after they saw Sam and his “friend’s” actions, must have thought to themselves, ‘My God, what have we just done?’


30 posted on 05/14/2014 7:44:40 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: lynn4303
It’s the NFL that has to be all in on this, least they be persecuted.

"Nice Anti-Trust Exemption you've got there, hate to see anything bad happen to it."

31 posted on 05/14/2014 7:45:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: lynn4303

Strongly feel that the network asked the boys to stage that kiss. It was so over the top, it was not natural.
Wonder why HGTV wasn’t there. Understand HGTV will run a story showing the boys finding a house together in St. Louis.


32 posted on 05/14/2014 7:46:43 AM PDT by Kozy
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To: SeekAndFind

The only surprise to me is that every player didn’t tweet “Eeewww!” when they saw that pic.


33 posted on 05/14/2014 7:48:00 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SeekAndFind


THE "FUDGE PACKERS" VS THE "DEMON SMACKERS"!!
34 posted on 05/14/2014 7:48:01 AM PDT by R AND R IN 2012
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To: SeekAndFind
If the whole team voiced negatively over this, would there be a game?
This is not teamwork. The Team needs to jump on this issue to see how they
selectively enforce their re-education.
35 posted on 05/14/2014 7:53:01 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes it should. Wake-up you stupid idiot.


36 posted on 05/14/2014 7:55:06 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: rarestia

Yep.


37 posted on 05/14/2014 7:55:13 AM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: rarestia

” This whole event, a very public spectacle, has turned normal Americans into “homophobes”.

IMHO, having a visceral reaction isn’t homophobic — more like homobarfic.


38 posted on 05/14/2014 7:58:38 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: SeekAndFind

This is just plain common sense. Smith tends to be a liberal, but he’s not a down-the-line lib. (He has appeared on Sean Hannity’s program from time to time.)

Needless to say, I agree with him on this.


39 posted on 05/14/2014 8:23:29 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
If a homosexual commentator were aghast at a heterosexual couple kissing and expressed that on nationwide TV, would he be suspended?

Of course not -- he'd be promoted.

Unfortunately, Sam is cut-proof and immune from criticism, simply due to his "orientation."

40 posted on 05/14/2014 8:24:27 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: PapaBear3625

I don’t know about career ending, but I would guess he is going to take a beating out there.


41 posted on 05/14/2014 8:41:51 AM PDT by cbvanb
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To: SeekAndFind

It wasn’t one kiss.

There were three. And the last one was lustful to say the least.


42 posted on 05/14/2014 8:42:05 AM PDT by skinndogNN
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To: SeekAndFind

Smith will now be punished.


43 posted on 05/14/2014 8:48:17 AM PDT by DesScorp
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To: cuban leaf

NFL=Thought Control Commissars, if you do not accept and promote homosexuality you will not play football until you go to a reeducation camp and rid yourself of your evil thoughts.


44 posted on 05/14/2014 8:49:18 AM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: R AND R IN 2012

Michael “Stinky” Sam


45 posted on 05/14/2014 9:09:18 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: dfwgator

I’ll bet 90%+ of the lib commentariat (those who aren’t homos) were disgusted with the lip lock...they just won’t/can’t admit it. They don’t want to lose their jobs.


46 posted on 05/14/2014 9:14:04 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
It’s always fun to watch the left turn on itself...

____________________________________________

Waiting for the gaykkk to turn on Sam for crying on television like a little French schoolgirl.

47 posted on 05/14/2014 9:14:49 AM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: SeekAndFind

From “acceptance” to “mandatory”.


48 posted on 05/14/2014 9:16:30 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

If a homosexual commentator were aghast at a heterosexual couple kissing and expressed that on nationwide TV, would he be suspended?

...no...but the heterosexual couple would...


49 posted on 05/14/2014 9:26:35 AM PDT by IrishBrigade (')
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To: dfwgator
I think Rams management after they saw Sam and his “friend’s” actions, must have thought to themselves, ‘My God, what have we just done?’

They're stuck with him too. After being the first team to draft an openly gay player, they're not about to be the first team to cut one.

50 posted on 05/14/2014 9:27:25 AM PDT by Drew68
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