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Tony Dungy, Chris Kluwe re-ignite debate over NFL locker room culture
Former Super Bowl winning coach and current NBC commentator Tony Dungy made waves on Monday afternoon by saying that he would not have drafted Michael Sam, claiming he "wouldn't want to deal" with the inevitable attention surrounding the rookie linebacker's presence. Dungy, who frequently cites his Christian faith and has authored several leadership books, was mostly excoriated for his comments. SI's Doug Farrar and Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel provided incisive takes on the controversial topic, wondering why a man seemingly dedicated to courage and bravery would shy away from the potential distractions stemming from Sam's presence on the team.
The Dungy debate provided a nice setup for the potential firestorm surrounding ex-Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who announced that he'd be suing the Vikings after the team's response to his accusations of wrongful termination. The Vikings released a report claiming that Kluwe participated the same homophobic behavior he accused special teams coach Mike Priefer of perpetrating within the Vikings locker room, citing an insensitive joke Kluwe told about the Jerry Sandusky abuse scandal. In a candid interview with SI Now, Kluwe promised an imminent release of damning evidence of endemic homophobia within the Vikings organization, accusations which Minnesota has vociferously denied. Kluwe and the Vikings have feuded since the activist punter was released in 2013.
The Chargers: No. 1 in San Diego's hearts, No. 2 in softball
Do you think you could win a softball game against a team full of professional athletes? Well, the Randy Jones Invitational did. Stu Woo's story in the Wall Street Journal offers a pleasant look at the Chargers' attempt at offseason bonding and how a group of Average Joes can knock off some of the finest athletes on the planet. Check out yesterday's P.M. Hot Clicks for more photos and stories about athletes using softball as their offseason activity.
Jeter, he ain't
Funny or Die released an amusing spoof of the popular "RE2PECT" commercial with a more ... we'll say 'unkind' version dedicated to Alex Rodriguez. (Warning: Video contains a NSFW banner and countless unfriendly gestures)
Lovely Lady of the Day
Today, Prince George of Cambridge turns 1, so we'll celebrate the heir's birthday with a gallery of his always-elegant mother, Kate Middleton, or, if you prefer her royal title, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge. Unconventional for Hot Clicks? Probably. But it sure is difficult to deny her radiance. You can view the full-size gallery here.
Ride or Die
The crew over at Jalopnik uncovered an unbelievable video from Russia showcasing some kind of high-speed chase ... with a man laying on the front of the car's hood:
To aid with those football withdrawals
Odds & Ends
The good, the bad and the, well...
Forget it all, let's watch some puppies