Each week we’ll be taking a look at the NFL teams involved in the Sunday Night Football game and track their record — team, coaches and players — on LGBT issues.
- The Dallas Cowboys missed a chance to register the Cowboys.com domain name, which instead for a while was a gay male dating site for real cowboys. Basically, a representative for the Dallas Cowboys screwed up an online auction in 2007 and the domain name went to a higher bidder. In 2012, Cowboys.com debuted as a dating site.
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- In 2014, the Cowboys (the team, not the gay dating site) signed openly gay defensive end Michael Sam to their practice squad after he was cut by the St. Louis Rams. Sam had come out prior to the draft. The Cowboys released Sam a few weeks later.
- Former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman has long been the subject of rumors that he is gay, and he has consistently denied them. “It is not my lifestyle,” he said in 2015.
- Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood apologized last year for a tweet from 2011 when he used a gay slur. “The stuff on Twitter — I was young," said Smallwood, according to Pennlive.com. "It's real embarrassing. I don't believe anything I said. I've definitely grown since that stuff was sent out. I've learned from it."
- In 2004, then-Eagles wide receiver insinuated that Jeff Garcia, his former teammate with the 49ers, was gay. Owens was asked in a Playboy interview if he thought Garcia was gay. “Like my boy tells me: If it looks like a rat and smells like a rat, by golly, it is a rat," Owens said.
The next day, Owens backtracked, saying, “To my knowledge, I'm not sure if Jeff is gay or not.” Garcia, whose sexuality had been the subject of rumors, scoffed at Owens’ claim. “It’s really a waste of my time to sit here and have to answer to such ridiculous, untrue comments that are made out there in the world today,” he said.
Outsports prediction for the game: Eagles 30, Cowboys 20. Fair warning — I have been wrong on every one of my Sunday night picks for this column this season, which ensures a Cowboys win. But I think that without starting left tackle Tyron Smith and running back Ezekiel Elliott the Cowboys will struggle to move the ball, while the absence of star linebacker Sean Lee will make it hard for Dallas to contain QB Carson Wentz and the high-flying Eagles offense.