Each week, Outsports stops the clock for an instant reply of the week that was. It’s our way of memorializing the glorious victories, the ignominious defeats, and the players and personalities who made them, lived them or just couldn’t avoid them.
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We realize our roster may differ from yours, and we welcome your comments, contributions and critiques. We read them all! Details on how to reach us are below, after our look at the week’s winners and losers.
WINNER: Ryan Russell
Free agent Ryan Russell wants to land back in the NFL. Being his true self is now paramount for his life’s next chapter. He announced that he is bisexual in exclusive interviews with ESPN and Outsports.
LOSER: LGBTQ fans of the USTA and U.S. Open
The U.S. Open hosted its very first Pride this week, and out tennis player Nick Lee was there to ask: where are the other gay men? “Why hasn’t even one man come out in professional tennis? We have several prominent women who have been out while playing, but no men.”
WINNER: SonicFox and The Trevor Project
The Evo champion raised over $22,000 for The Trevor Project while playing fighting games for 72 hours. When donations topped $20,000, he shaved his beloved mustache for the first time ever.
LOSER: Indianapolis Colts fans who booed Andrew Luck
The quarterback told reporters, the decision of whether to heal his body or to continue to play football was one that he ultimately said, “I choose me.” Shouldn’t everyone? Even closeted NFL players?
WINNER: Ryan O’Callaghan
“My Life On the Line” details O’Callaghan’s struggle to be himself in a world he felt wouldn’t accept him, and how it almost cost him his life. Ken Schultz called his memoir “an engaging, well-crafted, and ultimately heroic journey.”
WINNERS: Megan Rapinoe, Juniper Eastwood, Nathan Matthews and 7 out college football players
Nathan Matthews has thrived as a coach, player and student since coming out as gay. And he met his boyfriend on the team. He’s this week’s featured “Being Out” athlete.
That’s all for this week! We’ll bring you a fresh list of winners and losers next Saturday. Got a name we missed, or want to challenge our choices? Comment here or on Facebook or Instagram, tweet at us, message us via any social media, or just plain email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!