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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Sam’s father claims he was ‘terribly misquoted,’ offers support for son

02.14.14 at 7:58 am ET

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NBA: Rising Stars Challenge, 9 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Detroit at Oakland, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona at Arizona State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Canisius at Niagara, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Boston College at Vermont, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: Boston University at New Hampshire, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Miami (Ohio) at North Dakota, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: All-Star Bowl, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
Olympics: Men’s hockey, Sweden vs. Switzerland, 7:30 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s figure skating, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s hockey, Norway vs. Finland, noon (MSNBC)
Olympics: Men’s hockey, Canada vs. Austria, noon (USA)
Olympics: Men’s ski jumping, 2:15 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Women’s biathlon, women’s freestyle skiing, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s curling, United States vs. Russia, 5 p.m. (CNBC)
Olympics: Men’s figure skating, men’s Alpine, women’s freestyle skiing, women’s skeleton, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s ski jumping, men’s skeleton, 12:05 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s hockey, Slovakia vs. Slovenia, 3 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Women’s hockey quarterfinal, Finland vs. Sweden, 3 a.m. (MSNBC)


Michael Sam‘s father was in the news earlier this week when The New York Times ran a story that quoted Michael Sam Sr. as saying he was having trouble accepting the fact that his son is gay. Sam Sr. told the Times he was “old school,” “a man-and-a-woman type of guy.” Added the father: “I don’t want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment.”

On Thursday, Sam Sr. told the Galveston (Texas) Daily News that he was “terribly misquoted.”

“I did not say anything about my grandkids,” Sam Sr. said.

Addressing a comment he made that legendary Rams defensive lineman Deacon Jones would be rolling over in his grave, Sam Sr. said his quote was taken out of context.

“I told them Deacon Jones is going to roll over in his grave because here comes my son and that he’s going to be a star in the NFL,” Sam Sr. said.

The Times stood by its story, with sports editor Jason Stallman e-mailing the Galveston paper: “We generally are not inclined to discuss the details of our reporting, but I can assure you that we quoted Mr. Sam accurately and fairly. I’ve gone over it with our reporters, and everything was rock solid, beyond any doubt.”

Although Sam Jr. has said he has a complicated relationship with his family and he usually stays with friends when he visits his hometown of Galveston, Sam Sr. said he only has support for his son.

“My son did the right thing, and I am not against him at all,” Sam Sr. said. “He has made a great statement in coming out, and that he should be able to play in the NFL. I love him unconditionally.”

Added the father: “Once he gets on the field and hits [someone] once, they won’t think he’s gay.”

— Jets safety Ed Reed has had a rough few months. After being cast off by the Ravens and signing a three-year, $15 million deal with the Texans last offseason, Reed and the Texans struggled badly. The veteran lost playing time and openly criticized the coaching staff as the losses piled up. That led to him being unceremoniously cut by the team. He proceeded to sign with the Jets, and the losses continued until a brief season-ending surge.

Now comes a report that Reed was robbed of $50,000 in cash while in Houston on Wednesday.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Reed had a stack of $100 bills in a bag in the front seat of his car as he left one bank and entered another down the street. When he returned from the second bank, he discovered that someone had smashed a window on his 2006 Audi and taken the money.

There was no immediate explanation as to why Reed had $50,000 in cash — or even why he was back in Houston.

— A month after a member of the Raiders cheerleading squad sued the team for failing to provide proper compensation to current and former cheerleaders, a Bengals cheerleader filed her own class action complaint.

Alexa Brenneman, who was a member of the Ben-Gals for the past year, said she worked more than 300 hours for the organization between mandatory practices, public appearances, pregame responsibilities and calendar posing/promotions. Yet her pay works out to less than $2.85 per hour, far less than Ohio’s minimum wage rate of $7.85.

She accuses the Bengals of being in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 14, 2003, which Bruin set a record for the fastest two goals by one player from the start of a game when he scored 10 seconds in and again at the 27-second mark in a 6-5 road victory over the Panthers?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think everybody needs a break right now. Everybody’s played a lot of games. ‘€¦ I wish the break was a little bit longer, especially for us older guys.” — Nets guard Paul Pierce, after Thursday’s 92-76 loss to the Bulls in the final game before the All-Star break

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 — Goals for the U.S. men’s hockey team in the second period of its 7-1 rout of Slovakia on Wednesday

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Ex-NBA star Tracy McGrady, attempting to earn a spot on the Sugarland Skeeters independent minor league baseball team, works on his pitching motion.

Another former NBA star, Baron Davis, plans his “comeback” with help from Steve Nash.

Mavericks players sing their favorite songs for the “Mavs Music Mix.”


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Rob Thomas was born on this day in 1972.

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