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Falcons' Roddy White Apologizes For Anti-Gay Tweets

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White apologized Thursday night for making anti-gay comments on Twitter earlier in the day.

@roddywhiteTV said: “OK people I apologize for saying the word gay I know it’s a sensitive subject and a athlete of my stature should not use it.”

So, how did it all begin?

A fan asked White if he would rather lead the league in statistics than win a Super Bowl, and White tweeted: “Would u rather be gay or straight come on u know that answer?”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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April 13, 2012
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Dynamo's Clark Gets 3-Game Suspension, Fine For Anti-Gay Slur

Major League Soccer suspended Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark for three games with pay and fined him an undisclosed amount Wednesday for uttering an anti-gay slur at a ball boy during the Dynamo’s loss Friday at Seattle.

Five days after Clark screamed at a ball boy who refused to toss him a ball at CenturyLink Field, he became the latest professional athlete - and the first in MLS - to be fined for using a homophobic slur.

Houston Chronicle
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March 29, 2012
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Houston Soccer Player Apologizes For Gay Slur

Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark has apologized in a three-post Twitter statement for using a gay slur toward a ball boy during a 2-0 loss at Seattle on Friday night.

Clark, in his third season for the Dynamo and playing his eighth in the MLS, can be seen in a video replay jogging toward the sideline for a throw-in, appearing to signal to the attendant for a ball as the game ball skips out of bounds.

ESPN
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March 26, 2012
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NHL Stars Use PSA to Combat Homophobia

Philadelphia Flyers scout Patrick Burke recently created the "You Can Play" project, which aims to combat homophobia in sports. Several NHL players participated in a public service announcement that aired during Sunday's broadcast of a match between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins.

Associated Press
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March 5, 2012
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Martina Navratilova Joins Cast of "Dancing With the Stars"

The new cast includes out tennis player Martina Navratilova, “Melrose Place” actor Jack Wagner, telenovela star William Levy, operatic singer Katherine Jenkins and “Extra” co-host Maria Menounos. The cast was announced Tuesday on “Good Morning America.” The contestants will dance their first routines with their professional partners March 19 and March 26, and the first couple will be eliminated March 27.

Washington Post
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February 28, 2012
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