College football star Michael Sam came out earlier this month and hopes to be the first openly gay player in the NFL. He has received support from his fellow Mizzou classmates, the football world, and even the White House.
Though discrimination charges were later dismissed by a judge, Deen lost her show and several endorsements for using the racial slur and saying she wanted black men to play the role of slaves for a themed party.
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