Michael Sam, the only openly gay professional football player, was introduced at a news conference at Rams Park Tuesday.
Sam received unprecedented attention for a 249th pick in the NFL draft. He answered questions for nearly half an hour during the news conference. That's much longer than what even No. 2 draft pick, fellow St. Louis rookie, Greg Robinson, had to endure.
Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 2:18 pm
There's nothing like a ready-made crowd to help a group get its message out. That's why a conservative political organization set up shop Sunday outside the St. Louis Rams-Washington Redskins NFL football game.
Why mix politics and football?
"People are here," explained Patrick Werner, Missouri state director for Americans for Prosperity.
Football fans are used to encountering promotional tents for sports-talk radio stations and brands of beer and mixed nuts on their way to the game. Not so many of them expect to discuss politics as part of the pregame festivities.
Denver Broncos running back Laurence Maroney has been arrested in St. Louis on drugs and weapons allegations.
Maroney's publicist, Jane Higgins, confirmed the arrest Tuesday. St. Louis police would say only that five people in an Infiniti were arrested Monday night, and are accused of possessing marijuana and weapons.
Three, including a 25-year-old man, were accused of unlawful use of a weapon. Maroney, 25, is a native of suburban St. Louis. No one has been formally charged.