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'Homophobic' Sam Newman labels NFL player's gay kiss an 'annoyingly gratuitious act'
May15

'Homophobic' Sam Newman labels NFL player's gay kiss an 'annoyingly gratuitious act'

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:05 Written by // Sabine Brix

Sam Newman has again caused outrage on the Footy Show after labelling a kiss between NFL player Michael Sam and his partner as an "annoyingly gratuitious act."

The kiss (which was broadcast live on U.S TV) between openly gay NFL player Michael Sam and his partner came after Sam was drafted by the St Louis Rams. The kiss was an expression of joy from Sam, who lovingly kissed his partner after he received news he had been drafted by the NFL team.

Newman commented on the kiss on Wednesday night's Footy Show stating:

“It was an annoying, gratuitous act. Kissing your boyfriend ... No heterosexual couple would do that.”

The kiss that caused the controversy.

Newman's Footy Show co-host James Bradshaw quickly stepped in ridiculing Newman's archaic views, calling him 'homophobic' and quickly shutting him down.

"You're off the pace on this. It's a natural thing to do."

Audience members quickly took to Twitter to tweet their disgust regarding Newman's comments.

[Cover image] Michael Sam kisses partner

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Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

Comments (2)

  • Jezzamay

    16 May 2014 at 14:02 |
    After viewing the footage, I have to say that I don't think Sam's comments are offensive at all. It was not the fact that the footballer embraced his partner that was 'gratuitous', but that he planted a cake and proceeded to eat/lick it off his face. I mean seriously - that is something that is best done OFF SCREEN, and no, I do NOT want to see a heterosexual couple do that on camera either. Save that type of 'kiss' for date night! A warm embrace and a quick kiss would suffice! Also, we need to accept that we simply cannot attach the word 'phobic' to anyone who doesn't share our view or opinion. We do not call those who dismiss climate change as 'climaphobic', and we do not call those who choose not to have children as 'childaphobic'. Phobia is a VERY strong word, which denotes physical states of debilitating anxiety and certainly does not apply to situations where there are differences of opinion. Right or wrong - opinions and the freedom to express them is a human right. It takes maturity to accept that differences of opinion exist and graciousness not to resort to labelling/name-calling.

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  • Wayne

    15 May 2014 at 18:01 |
    I am simply bemused as to why people are so eager to encourage sports people to come out- WHY is it so important for this to occur??

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