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Retired QB Kurt Warner of the Super Bowl champions St. Louis Rams, who is well-known Christian, talks about gay players in the NFL. What he says may or may not surprise you - depending what you believe it means to be a Christian.
WATCH: NHL to Fight Homophobia with You Can Play Project
The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League today announced a historic partnership with the You Can Play Project that formalizes and advances their long-standing commitment to make the NHL the most inclusive professional sports league in the world.
“The NHL sets the standard for professional sports when it comes to LGBT outreach and we are incredibly grateful for their help and support,” said Philadelphia Flyers scout Patrick Burke, the founder of the You Can Play Project, an advocacy organization that fights homophobia in sports. “We will work with League and NHLPA officials, teams and players to ensure that we create a more inclusive hockey community at all levels.”
Said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: “Our motto is ‘Hockey Is For Everyone,’ and our partnership with You Can Play certifies that position in a clear and unequivocal way. While we believe that our actions in the past have shown our support for the LGBT community, we are delighted to reaffirm through this joint venture with the NHL Players’ Association that the official policy of the NHL is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the stands.”
“NHL players have supported the You Can Play Project since its inception, which we are pleased to formalize and expand upon with today’s announcement,” said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director. “The players believe our partnership with the NHL and You Can Play will foster an inclusive hockey environment from the grassroots level to the professional ranks.”
The official partnership with You Can Play includes a significant commitment to education and training for teams, players, media and fans plus the production and broadcast of more public service announcements.
The London Olympics are over, but the Paralympics start next week, which means we get to see my current obsession, Oscar Pistorius, who made Track & Field history by being the first double-amputee athlete to race against fully able-bodied athletes in the Olympics. The 25-year-old South African is not only a treat to look at but a gracious and articulate individual who, in my own opinion, was the most inspiring story of the London Games.
We are the verge of March Madness of college basketball, and so, daniel extra celebrates it with the inclusion of the adorable Balba, a Turk who plays for the University of Texas. Of course, we can’t cheer for Texas (Duke Blue Devils own our hearts), but we’ll be watching Doğuş.
It’s a short list because, well, we didn’t want to do too much research on this!
1. Bear Grylls - English accent, great bod, and would give himself an enema to survive (see below), we don’t know if he’s a wingnut, but in the spirit of Christianity, we could forgive him for being a Christian.
2. Tim Tebow - This slab of collegiate mancake is known for noting Bible verses under his eyes at games (see below) and kissing a teammate on the field on national television (also see below). He’s a guy who makes his eye makeup his own and give another man some bromantic PDA. We’re definitely down with that!
3. Kurt Warner - 38 year-old starting QB of the Arizona Cardinals had a tremendous season last year bringing the Cards to their first Super Bowl and nearly pulled off the win that he would have no doubt thanked God for, but he’s also a total do-gooder, for which he won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which is given to an NFL player in honor of their charity work and/or volunteerism. Also, did he see him dance on Ellen?! I mean…do it white boy!
4. Bryan Clay - Blasian and beautious, the U.S. decathlete went to an Evangelical Christian college in Cali (yikes!). But so far, it doesn’t appear (and we could be wrong) that he’s putting any of his coins in Prop 8 or any hateful, DOM campaign.
5. Jim Gruenwald - The truth is that we don’t know much about Jim except that he’s a wrestler, woofy and loves Jesus Christ.