Top 5 Sports stories of 2014

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Michael Sam in, out of NFL
Michael Sam became the first out gay player to be drafted by an NFL team. The former University of Missouri defensive end was picked late in the 2014 draft by the St. Louis Rams, but that team failed to pick up for the roster. He then worked with the Dallas Cowboys practice squad until he got cut in the fall. A documentary on his experience is scheduled to air on OWN Dec. 27.

The anti-gay Winter Olympics
In February, all eyes were on Russia—and it’s anti-LGBT policies. President Vladimir Putin wooed the Olympic Committee with a $51 billion mega-project meant to showcase modern Russia. However, what was showcased was the country’s ongoing intolerance toward its LGBT citizens and protestors showcasing the harsh anti-LGBT laws.

Collins becomes NBA’s first out player
In February, Jason Collins signed a contract with the Brooklyn Nets, making him the first, out, active NBA player in history. The 36-year-old center showed that sexuality didn’t matter in the game. After 13 seasons in the league, Collins announced his retirement in November.

Kluwe vs. Vikings
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe accused his former employer of firing him because of his vocal support of marriage equality. in Jan. 2 column to, Kluwe highlighted examples of extreme homophobia and claimed his activism eventually led to his termination. Over the summer, Kluwe and the Vikings reached an undisclosed agreement, but the Vikings were required to implement stronger diversity training.

Church school fires coach tied to beating of gay couple
Church officials fired assistant basketball coach Fran McGlinn of Archbishop Wood High School after surveillance video showed his involvement in the September beating of two Philadelphia gay men McGlinn, 25, along with several other former Wood students, allegedly participated in an attack on a gay couple as the men were walking near Rittenhouse Square.

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