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The fall out from Tony Dungy's comments about Michael Sam.
The fall out from Tony Dungy's comments about Michael Sam.

Outsports co-founder Cyd Zeigler joined Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss former NFL coach Tony Dungy‘s comments about Rams rookie Michael Sam. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Dungy, now an NBC football analyst, told The Tampa Tribune that he wouldn’t have selected Sam because, “I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it” and things wouldn’t go smoothly.

“I am so tired of this distraction nonsense. You have cameras and questions and screaming fans everywhere you go,” Zeigler said. “That’s the NFL. It’s the biggest game in town. You are always in the middle of a media circus no matter where you go or what you do.

“Will Michael Sam bring some extra cameras? One hundred percent he will. So will Johnny Manziel, so will Jadeveon Clowney, so will lots of other people. That’s just part of the game. And to make decisions based on whether some extra cameras are going to show up or people are going to ask you questions in a press conference, this is insane. You’re supposed to be at the top of your profession. If you make decisions based on that you shouldn’t be an NFL head coach.”

Zeigler said it’s hypocritical for Dungy to feel this way given his history of advocating for troubled players, including Michael Vick, to be given second chances. Zeigler also cited Dungy pushing for gay marriage to be illegal in Indiana.

“He traded for Keyshawn Johnson, who wasn’t known to be a quiet wallflower in the locker room and he said he didn’t agree with Jason Collins‘ lifestyle,” Zeigler said. “Everything adds up pretty clearly to Tony Dungy being a homophobe. He does not agree with people being gay. He has a moral problem with me marrying my partner of 11 years and he does not want that in the locker room.

“To me, it’s one thing to say that. But the problem is Tony Dungy was the head coach of an NFL team. He was making hiring decisions, and when you’re in a position like that you cannot allow things like religion, gender, sexual orientation and race to enter into your head when you’re making those hiring decisions. That is un-American and unfair.”

Zeigler said that Dungy being the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl makes the former Colts coach look like an even bigger hypocrite.

“If professional sports teams’ owners and leagues had not, 40, 50, 60, 70 years ago, said we’re going to ignore the race of people like Tony Dungy and we’re going to put them in positions to succeed, whether we’re going to be quote-unquote afraid or whether we’re going to be quote-unquote a distraction or whether the fans are going to like it or not. We’re going to do that anyway because it’s the right thing to do.

“The fact that Tony Dungy was a beneficiary of those very specific things and he would now say that Michael Sam and gay people should not be the beneficiary of those things. It would be stunning if it was anybody but Tony Dungy because Tony Dungy has a record of saying this and doing this. He raised tens of thousands of dollars to fight against equality for gay people in Indiana. For whatever reason, this issue is a bee in his bonnet and he doesn’t like it.”

Dungy released a statement later Tuesday afternoon saying he defended Sam’s right to play in the NFL and that his comments were made weeks ago when Oprah Winfrey planned to have a reality show chronicling Sam’s first season.

“I do not believe Michael’s sexual orientation will be a distraction to his teammates or his organization,” Dungy said. ”I do, however, believe that the media attention that comes with it will be a distraction. Unfortunately we are all seeing this play out now, and I feel badly that my remarks played a role in the distraction.”

With regards to Sam, Zeigler said all the gay community wants is to see him be able to play football.

“Michael doesn’t owe anything to the gay community, but I know, after talking to many people who are gay, all they want is one thing from Michael: from him to play in the NFL as long as he possibly can,” Zeigler said. “He will do more for LGBT equality than 100 activists could do in 10 years if Michael just makes that roster and plays and God forbid the Rams go to the playoffs or win the NFC West.

“That’s all people care about. He doesn’t need to try to bring media attention, he doesn’t need to talk about the issues, he just needs to go play football.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
Christian started the day by packing up his back pack as he always and heading to work. He noticed that the zipper was broken on one of the pockets. As the show was ending, he remembered this and reached into the bag and pulled out not ONE, but TWO New England Patriots Super Bowl rings. His response: "Oh! There they are." Much to the shock of Tim and Lou, Christian was completely unfazed by the fact that he hadn't seen his SB rings since the NCAA National Championship game 7 MONTHS AGO!

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A South Carolina mother was arrested for allegedly leaving her 9 year old daughter alone for hours at a local park while she worked a shift at McDonalds. This has sparked a national debate about whether or not the mother should have been arrested, since many are arguing that 9 years old is old enough to show dependency. The question arises: Where do we draw the line?

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Chase Headley

Chase Headley

The Yankees on Tuesday made a move to boost their infield, acquiring third baseman Chase Headley from the Padres for infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula.

The Yankees receive $1 million from the Padres along with Headley, who becomes a free agent in the offseason. He signed a one-year, $10.5 million contract in January.

Headley, 30, is in his eighth major league season, all spent with San Diego. He is hitting .229/.296/.355 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs in 77 games this year.

Two years ago he had his best season, batting .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs and a National League-best 115 RBIs. He finished fifth in the MVP voting and won a Silver Slugger as well as a Gold Glove. He was unable to replicate that performance in 2013, hitting .250/.347/.400 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs.

Solarte, 27, started the season strong, hitting .336 as of May 14, but he has batted .180 since then and spent a week in Triple-A this month. DePaula, 23, is 6-5 with a 4.15 ERA at Single-A Tampa.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

In Tuesday’€™€™s Three For All on Middays with MFB, Tim BenzLou Merloni and Christian Fauria discussed a story about a woman being arrested for leaving her 9-year-old daughter alone at a park, and they debated when a child is old enough to be left to play outside alone. To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Debra Harrell of North Augusta, South Carolina, was arrested and charged with unlawful conduct toward a child for allegedly leaving her 9-year-old daughter at a park for hours while she worked at a nearby McDonald’s restaurant.

“So she let her daughter go to the park by herself, a six-minute walk to their house. She has a key, she has a cell phone, and apparently the cops arrested her,” Merloni said. “She could face 10 years for this.”

Said Fauria: “If you’re doing your job as a cop you at least say, ‘Where’s your mom at?’ And you grab the kid if you think the situation is dangerous, bring it to work and say, ‘Listen, either you get off work right now and take control of your child, or I’m going to arrest you.’ You don’t arrest the mother.

“That’s asinine. That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. You don’t tell me how to take care of my kid and what is safe for her. If you see a scary situation that isn’t safe for that girl or boy, it doesn’t matter. Just grab the kid, put them in the car and take them to where they were.”

The story inspired a discussion amongst the guys about how old a child should be to be allowed to go outside alone, and when it’s OK to be without parental supervision.

“Obviously there’s a lot of factors in there,” Merloni said. “My neighbor has two kids, 12 and 10. My son is 4 1/2, 5. Obviously I would never do that right now. But I’m looking at the neighbors I see a 12- and a 10-year-old. I’m looking at the 10-year-old, he’s out there playing in the yard by himself, and I’m thinking, would I be comfortable letting him go to the park and shoot hoops there instead of in the backyard?”

Said Fauria: “If my kids want to roll out to the parks and shoot hoops, I’ll see you when I see you. Together, yes. Or even if they were with their friends I would let them go to the park.

“My daughter who’s 10, I don’t really feel comfortable about it even if I have a cell phone.”

Benz added: “Where I grew up in Guilford, Connecticut, no big deal as a 9-year-old by yourself. But going down to New Haven?”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas