Jackie Robinson

The NFL and our sporting culture in general is willing to make excuses for moral failings in the face of talent, but somehow it's accepted that we overlook bravery in the face of bigotry.

I want to get this out of the way right off the bat. I find this story repulsive and I hope to never have to cover another like it. Sadly, I don't think this is a story that will go away anytime soon. Michael Sam, a senior defensive end at the University of Missouri, came out before the NFL Draft, paving his way to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. What a repugnant story. Let me rephrase, the story is not repugnant. That it is a story that needs to be covered 84 years after Hank Greenberg began his Hall of Fame career in the face of staggering anti-Semitism, 67 years after Jackie Robinson kicked down baseball's color barrier, and nearly 45...