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Houston Texan’s Owner Bob McNair Withdraws Support for Anti-Hero Campaign! Demands Return Of Contribution!

Houston Texans owner Robert McNair
Houston Texans owner Robert McNair

(Houston, TX) (AboutNEWS) The owner of the Houston Texan’s just released the following statement to About Magazine

“I recently made a personal contribution to Campaign for Houston because my thorough review of the HERO ordinance led me to believe that a thoughtful rewrite would provide a better ordinance that would provide strong non-discrimination protections for all Houstonians, which I would support, and would be less divisive of our city.”

“It was on these principles that I made my personal contribution to Campaign for Houston.  To my great dismay, Campaign for Houston made numerous unauthorized statements about my opposition to HERO in print, broadcast and social media – including attributing certain statements of belief to me.  Their actions and statements were never discussed with nor approved by me. Therefore I instructed the Campaign to return my contribution.”

“I do not believe in or tolerate personal or professional discrimination of any kind.  I also believe that we Houstonians should have an ordinance that unites our community and provides a bold statement of non-discrimination.  I encourage all Houstonians to vote on November 3.”

Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work together to change a small portion of events, and in the total of those acts will be written the history of our generation.”

Robert C. McNair

October 23, 2015

For Robbie Rogers and other openly gay athletes, organizational support is key

San Jose Earthquakes's Shea Salinas, left, pulls the jersey of Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Rogers during the second half of an MLS soccer match on July 17. (Jae C. Hong / AP)
San Jose Earthquakes's Shea Salinas, left, pulls the jersey of Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Rogers during the second half of an MLS soccer match on July 17. (Jae C. Hong / AP)

For Robbie Rogers and other openly gay athletes, organizational support is key


Whether minor leaguer David Denson succeeds or fails as affiliated baseball’s first openly gay player could be determined less by Denson’s talents and more by the attitudes of those around him.

Jason Collins, who in April 2013 became the first pro basketball player to come out, went nearly a year without a contract and then played limited minutes in 22 games the following season for the Brooklyn Nets before retiring from the NBA. And football’s Michael Sam, who was drafted and cut by the St. Louis Rams last year, played one game in the Canadian Football League before quitting earlier this month.

But soccer’s Robbie Rogers, who briefly retired after coming out in an emotional blog post in 2013, is thriving in his third season with the Galaxy, with whom he won an MLS Cup last winter.

“It’s been mostly the support system around me,” Rogers, 28, said of his success. “I have a great family and friends. The Galaxy has been absolutely amazing with me.”

The team stood aside as Rogers delved into fashion, wrote an autobiography and signed on to produce a single-camera sitcom, “Men in Shorts,” inspired by his soccer experiences, for ABC. Bruce Arena, the Galaxy’s coach, and Dan Beckerman, chief executive of AEG, the Galaxy’s parent company, were generous in giving Rogers the support he desired.

“There’s an owner in Los Angeles who said, ‘I am going to be the Branch Rickey of Major League Soccer and we are going to have a gay player on our team,'” Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of the gay sports website, said in likening Beckerman to the Dodgers general manager who signed Jackie Robinson, major league baseball’s first African American player.

“What has to happen with these other leagues is they need that same Branch Rickey-type owner or general manager. The guys in the suits are the difference now. Teammates don’t care.”

Rogers isn’t so sure. The decision to come out is a personal one, he said, so it would be difficult for teams to actively recruit gay athletes.

“I had to kind of find that courage and become comfortable with myself before I was willing to share that with other people. And I’m sure that’s the case with a lot of other athletes,” he said.

That comfort already exists in women’s sports, where sexual orientation has ceased to be a major issue. Sheryl Swoopes, a three-time MVP in the WNBA, is gay, as is Brittney Griner, one of the league’s current marquee players. In soccer, Jill Ellis, who coached the U.S. to a World Cup title last month, is gay, as are many players on her team.

Rogers says MLS is approaching that level of acceptance and he’s hopeful other leagues will follow.

“These guys aren’t treating me any differently, so why I am thinking of myself differently?” he said.

Tom Daley First In 10 Meter Diving Prelims

Tom Daley First In 10 Meter Diving Prelims 

Tom Daley, the British diver who so many remember as a 14-year-old in Beijing but who has steadily risen up the ranks in the diving world, finished the preliminary round of the men’s 10-meter platform in first place.

Daley, who is openly gay, beat out some of the favorites, including Chinese divers Qiu Bo and Chen Aisen, as well as American diver David Boudia, who won Olympic gold in this event four years ago.

The semifinals of the 10-meter platform will be Saturday morning, with the final coming Saturday afternoon.

 Unfortunately for Daley, his lead will be back to zero once the next round begins as scores are reset each round. Still, with a bronze for 10-meter synchronized diving this year, and a bronze from the 10-meter platform in London, he has a great shot to medal.

Daley is one of a couple dozen LGBTI athletes who have won a medal in these games. He is openly gay and is engaged to marry screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

Beyonce Expresses Interest In Owning Houston Rockets

Beyonce Expresses Interest In Owning Houston Rockets

Music Icon Beyonce Rumored To Want The Houston Rockets Basket Ball Team

(HOUSTON) — Mega pop star, and Houston native and diva, Beyonce is considering becoming an investor in the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets.

Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander announced is a surprise media conference last month he was selling the team. Alexander paid nearly $85 million for the team in 1993, but the team sale could reach $2 billion.

Beyonce’s husband, Jay-Z, at one time, owned a small percent in the New York Nets. Many celebrities do. For example, Justin Timberlake owns a piece of basketball’s Grizzlies.

Beyonce, who has performed wearing a Rockets jersey, would add superstar sizzle to any ownership group, likely helping the team with local and international marketing.