The offensive assistant helped propel an offensive attack that was second in rushing and second in points during the regular season. She was once barred from coaching an amateur basketball team because she was a lesbian. She played professional football as a quarterback and defensive back in the Women's Football Alliance. Sowers led the U. In a semifinal win against Sweden, Sowers caught five interceptions with three pick-sixes. In an advertisement with a tablet company that will air during the Super Bowl, Sowers read from a journal she wrote as a child that expressed her desire to one day be a member of a professional football team.
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The incident took place when the San Diego Loyal, which Donovan co-owns and manages, played the Phoenix Rising in the final game of the season. The anti-gay slur was allegedly directed at Collin Martin, who is openly gay, at the end of the first half. Video caught Donovan and Rising manager Rich Schantz getting into a heated argument before the teams took their halftime break. At the start of the second half, Loyal players walked onto the pitch, took a knee, and then walked off in protest.
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Halftime had just started, and my teammates on the Anahuac High School football team in Anahuac, Texas, headed to the locker room. But I headed to the other side of the field where, still wearing my football uniform, I applied some makeup and got ready to do high kicks and splits with the drill team. I was the only guy in my school district to be on the drill team, which also made me the only gay guy on the team. The fans seemed a bit in awe and had no idea what to think seeing a guy out there doing drills. As we got in our formation and waited for the music to start, I was very nervous, but once the music started we got to dancing and my nerves went away.
He played college basketball for the Stanford Cardinal , where he was an All-American in — After the —13 NBA season concluded, Collins publicly came out as gay. He became a free agent and did not play again until February , when he signed with the Nets and became the second openly gay athlete to play in any of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada following Robbie Rogers who did so in with the LA Galaxy. Collins was born in Los Angeles , California , in the Northridge neighborhood. He was born eight minutes ahead of his twin brother Jarron , who also became an NBA player.