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News Round-Up: June 21, 2021
Some news items you might have missed:
• The Gaily Grind: 18-year-old Gage Burlile has been arrested after stealing and destroying 25 Pride flags in Boise, Idaho.
• The Advocate: A gay couple in East Cove, Florida, are refusing to take down a small Pride flag flying from their mail box after their HOA informed them it was against neighborhood regulations.
• Kenneth-in-the-212: Kenneth’s weekly feature for ‘Manspread Monday’ is a cutie.
• The Hill: The defense fund for Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teenager who is accused of fatally shooting two people and injuring a third at a protest sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake last August, has raised $464,111 since March 1. His trial is scheduled for November.
• LGBTQ Nation: Mexico’s soccer team is begging fans to stop chanting homophobic slurs at their games. After receiving one of the toughest punishment from FIFA in recent years, Mexico’s team president scolded fans: “To those who think it’s fun to yell it out, I have news for you. It’s not.”
• CNBC: As more and more major corporations embrace the rainbow during Pride Month, more consumers are paying attention to the companies that are allies more than one month a year.
The right way for brands to approach Pride month (and all year round) https://t.co/mbX6oaLyJf
— CNBC (@CNBC) June 20, 2021
Soccer Player Gets Handsy With Opponent’s Junk (Twice) During Match
What up with athletes grabbing an opponent’s junk during a match?
Pro soccer player Darnell Fisher of Preston North End was captured twice grabbing Callum Paterson’s crotch during their 1-0 win over Sheffield on Saturday.
Paterson was clearly annoyed by Fisher’s first snatch and grab as you can see him turn to see if a referee saw what happened. Then Fisher continued to be handsy.
This is Darnell Fisher of Preston North End. On Saturday, he was captured twice grabbing Callum Paterson’s genitals in their 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday. The English FA is currently investigating the incident for a possible sanction #Ysports pic.twitter.com/H4EyVxwPVz
— YFM KUMASI 🇬🇭 (@y1025fm) November 23, 2020
Sky Sports reports the English FA is investigating the incident for possible penalties on Fisher.
You may recall England rugby union international Joe Marler was banned for 10 weeks earlier this year for similar hand action on Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones in a Six Nations match.
England prop Joe Marler caught on camera grabbing Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones' GENITALS during on-field melee in Six Nations clash at Twickenham..
Hang on thats just not cricket! pic.twitter.com/dNfvQa2GxF
— D.N.S. (@DubaiNameShame) March 8, 2020
US Women’s National Soccer Team Wins World Cup Over Netherlands 2-0
The US Women’s National Soccer team has won the World Cup beating the Netherlands 2-0.
Competing in its first World Cup final, few gave the Dutch hope. The reigning European champion it may be, but it had not yet come up against the best team in the world, the dominant force of its generation.
The Netherlands held on for over an hour but two goals within eight minutes sealed the underdog’s fate. In a tournament where she has transcended her sport, Megan Rapinoe coolly drilled home a penalty before a Rose Lavelle thunderbolt made sure of a second successive title for the US.
This win makes for back-to-back titles and the fourth championship in total for the US women’s team.
W ⭐️ O ⭐️ R ⭐️L ⭐️ D
C H A M P I O N S
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 7, 2019
ROSE. LAVELLE. 🌹🇺🇸
A beautiful solo effort doubles the @USWNT‘s lead in the #FIFAWWC final! pic.twitter.com/ToznvQiuxb
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 7, 2019
A reminder that @USWNT, which just won its fourth World Cup, is suing @ussoccer for fair pay and equal treatment https://t.co/f9SGiTJBNm
— L.A. Times Sports (@latimessports) July 7, 2019
Trump Twitter Rants At US Womens Soccer Team’s Megan Rapinoe
|Donald Trump (L) Megan Rapinoe (R)|
After hearing that the openly lesbian U.S. women’s soccer team co-captain, Megan Rapinoe told a reporter, “I’m not going to the f**king White House,” if her team should win the the World Cup, Donald Trump took to his Twitter to rant at the soccer legend.
“I’m not going to the fucking White House.” – @mPinoe pic.twitter.com/sz1ADG2WdT
— Eight by Eight (@8by8mag) June 25, 2019
Trouble is, Trump being Trump, he tweeted his rage at the wrong ‘Megan Rapino.’
“Women’s soccer player, @meganrapino, just stated that she is “not going to the F…ing White House if we win.” Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level…….in our Country’s history, and the poverty index is also best number EVER), leagues and teams love coming to the White House. I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job! We haven’t yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!”
It appears someone at the White House tipped off the Donald about his latest gaffe and he retweeted.
Women’s soccer player, @mPinoe, just stated that she is “not going to the F…ing White House if we win.” Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019
….in our Country’s history, and the poverty index is also best number EVER), leagues and teams love coming to the White House. I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job! We haven’t yet….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019
….invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019
Rapinoe isn’t the first athlete to decline a visit to Trump’s White House.
The Toronto Raptors shooting guard, Danny Green told the press a visit to the White House now that the Raptors are NBA champs is a “hard pass.”
More from the Twitterverse:
U.S. Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe: ‘I’m Not Going To The F**king White House’- and I don’t blame you one bit, Megan. https://t.co/07SrnjDTOt
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) June 26, 2019
Guy who molests the flag regularly when he’s not raping someone or grabbing a pussy, and disrespects the country with his every vulgar utterance is sad that Megan Rapinoe doesn’t want his hamberders. https://t.co/dV6PpzcsEb
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 26, 2019
Trump is now going after Megan Rapinoe because the “fuck your feelings” president flips out when members of groups targeted by his policies criticize him rather than knowing their place.
— Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) June 26, 2019
Megan Rapinoe is an incredible athlete who for years has used her platform to speak out against police brutality and racial profiling. The President should not be attacking @mPinoe’s right to protest. https://t.co/QA5ee8loG7
— GLAAD (@glaad) June 26, 2019
Btw, Megan Rapinoe has been one of the greatest human-athletes on the planet since she showed up on the scene. She’s an advocate, she’s a wonder, she’s always been far ahead of the curve, like this 2014 op-ed. We have stanned, and continue to stan. https://t.co/6qKAij8TNp pic.twitter.com/tiWFCwu2k8
— Slade (@Slade) June 26, 2019
Pro Soccer Player Collin Martin Comes Out As Gay
|Minnesota United’s Collin Martin|
Minnesota United FC midfielder Collin Martin came out this morning in a tweet on his personal Twitter account.
“Tonight my team, @mnufc , is having their Pride night. It’s an important night for me — I’ll be announcing that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer. #soccerforall,” wrote the 23-year-old just hours before Minnesota United hosts their Pride Night playing FC Dallas.
Tonight my team, @MNUFC , is having their Pride night. It’s an important night for me — I’ll be announcing that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer. #soccerforall pic.twitter.com/cOJQXfrBiv
— Collin Martin (@martcw12) June 29, 2018
Attached to his tweet was a more detailed statement which read:
“I have been out as a gay man for many years to my family and friends, and this includes my teammates. I have played Major League Soccer for 6 seasons: 4 seasons with DC United and 2 seasons with Minnesota United. Today, I’m proud that my entire team and the management of Minnesota United know that I am gay. I have received only kindness and acceptance from everyone in Major League Soccer and that has made the decision to come out publicly that much easier.
“As we celebrate Pride night, I want to thank my teammates for their unconditional support for who I am. In light of my experience as a professional athlete, I want to take this moment to encourage others who play sports professionally or otherwise to have confidence that sport will welcome them wholeheartedly. June is Pride month, and I am proud to be playing for Pride, and to be playing as an out gay man.”
|Pro soccer player Collin Martin comes out as gay|
Martin is now the second openly gay professional soccer player in MLS history following Robbie Rogers, who came out in 2013.
That same year, Jason Collins came out as the first openly gay professional basketball player. And in 2014, Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams becoming the first openly gay football player to be drafted by an NFL team.
Rogers, Collins and Sam have retired from their sports, which means Martin is currently the only openly gay active player in any major pro sports league in the United States.
Don Garber, MLS commissioner, said in a statement, “We admire Collin’s courage, and are proud of him and of the support from the soccer community.”
Visibility is the key to acceptance, so here’s opening more pro athletes step up and come out.
Congratulations, Collin, on living your authentic life! #BeTrue.
His team followed up Collin’s announcement with a tweet of support with the hashtag #SoccerForAll:
— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) June 29, 2018
And his old team tweeted their support as well:
Sending you love and support from D.C., Collin! Have fun tonight!
— D.C. United (@dcunited) June 29, 2018
And Robbie Rogers also tweeted his support:
Love this! So so inspiring thank you Collin! Good luck this season, except against the @LAGalaxy https://t.co/trkAO9YI2i
— Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) June 29, 2018
U.S. Soccer Teams To Wear Rainbow-Themed Uniforms In Honor Of Pride Month
In recognition of LGBTQ Pride month in June, U.S. Soccer will activate a number initiatives in partnership with the You Can Play Project, along with the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association and the Women’s National Team Players Association.
The You Can Play Project is an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches, and fans without regard for sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
As the highlight, the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams will wear pride-inspired rainbow numbers during the June friendlies.
The MNT will debut the look for the World Cup Qualifying tune-up against Venezuela on June 3 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
The WNT will wear the kits in away friendlies against Sweden on June 8, and Norway three days later.
After the games, the shirts will be auctioned off for charity. In addition, fans will be able to purchase the customized rainbow jerseys online at USSoccerstore.com.
🇺🇸 x 🏳️🌈. To celebrate LGBTQ Pride month, the #USMNT and #USWNT will wear pride-inspired rainbow numbers.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) May 26, 2017
FIFA Fines Five Countries Over Anti-Gay Chants
FIFA fined Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay on Wednesday for anti-gay chants by their national team’s fans.
The “insulting and discriminatory chants” came during qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup, FIFA said.
Chile’s fine is the biggest at 70,000 Swiss francs ($70,000) over cases at four different matches. The governing body imposed fines of 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,000) on Argentina, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. Proceedings continue against Honduras for what FIFA described as “apparent homophobic chants by its supporters.”
The fines were imposed despite FIFA for several years insisting that financial sanctions alone were not enough for discriminatory cases.
Naked Soccer Players Get Ballsy In Photo Shoot
The Gaily Grind tips us to Spanish soccer team “Club Deportivo Lealtad,” who go “au natural” for a ballsy photo shoot.