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Michael Sam Takes A Break From Football To Center In On His "Mental Health"

Michael Sam revealed on Twitter that he's taking an extended hiatus from football. The ESPY award winner said this past year was a trying time for him, stating things became strenuous "to the point where I became concerned with my mental health."

READ: NFL Prospect Michael Sam Opens Up About Being Gay

He continued, "Because of this I am going to step away from the game at this time. I thank the Alouettes for this opportunity and hope to be back on the field soon."

Sam signed a two-year contract with Montreal's Alouettes, to which they also issued a statement to E! News on his resolution.

"The Montreal Alouettes fully respect Michael Sam's decision and rally around him to offer him all time and support needed. The team has left the door open and Michael is welcome to come back whenever he feels ready."

READ: Michael Sam Scores OWN Docu-Series

Sam made strides within the sports realm as the first openly gay athlete drafted to the NFL and was initially part of the St. Louis Rams' roster. He was later cut by the team in August 2014.

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VA Basketball Referee Banned After Inspecting 10-Year-Old Girl's Braids

A white, basketball referee has been banned from officiating children's games in a Virginia City after he reportedly singled out and publicly inspected a 10-year-old black girl's braided hairstyle on Saturday (Jan. 12), WAVY-TV reports.

The young girl was reportedly wearing braids with blue extensions during the basketball game. Erica Guerrier, the mother of the young girl and coach of the team, said the referee mistakenly stated that hair weaves and braids are against the rules. Guerrier claimed the ref then made a "spectacle" out of her daughter during the game.

"At the end of the day, they're 9 and 10, so why does it even matter?" she told WAVY-TV.

Following the incident, Virginia High School League Executive Director Billy Haun said that the referee should not have raised concerns publicly.  Hampton Roads Basketball Association commissioner Rick Ennis announced that the ref is under investigation and is banned from officiating future games in the Chesapeake, VA area. In addition, Guerrier said that she would like the ref to apologize to her daughter for the embarrassment.

This isn't the first incident to occur at a sports event involving a black player's hair. A New Jersey high school referee received backlash after chopping off a black wrestler's dreadlocks in front of the entire school prior to his match. The ref was fired following public outrage.

Guerrier hopes her daughter's incident will be a lesson for other refs.  "I'm hoping that if the refs can get more education, more training, than we can see a decrease in these issues," she said.

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Quavo Invites Clemson Tigers To QC Headquarters After White House Debacle

The Internet has been dragging Donald Trump and the White House after they treated College Football National Champions, the Clemson Tigers to Burger King and McDonald's during their visit to the nation's capitol. In the midst of their failed visit, Quavo has extended an invitation to the football team to visit the Quality Control headquarters, and he's assured them that they will be treated to far more than fast food.

"I wanna show Clemson Tigers and POTUS how champs are supposed to be treated," Huncho tweeted on Tuesday (Jan. 15). "Ya'll welcome to come by th QC headquarters anytime. Dabbin' Dabo still #GODAWGS. The Stir Fry Way."

As previously reported, the Clemson University football team visited the White House after beating the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 7. It's customary for the championship team to visit Washington, where they are usually treated to a catered dinner by the White House kitchen staff. Only under Trump's administration, the team was given an assortment of burgers and fries.

Following the backlash on social media, Trump and his team blamed the Democratic Party. "Because the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security, much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed — so the president is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

After that lackluster meal, Clemson might want to take QC up on that offer. Check out Quavo's message to the Tigers on Twitter below.

I WANNA SHOW CLEMSON TIGERS AND POTUS HOW CHAMPS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TREATED YALL WELCOME TO COME BY THE QC HEADQUARTERS ANYTIME Dabbin DABO STILL #GODAWGS The Stir Fry Way!

— QuavoYRN (@QuavoStuntin) January 15, 2019

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Gymnast Gets Perfect Score For Michael Jackson-Inspired Floor Routine

Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi is no stranger to a perfect 10.0 on the floor exercise. However, the UCLA team member's Michael Jackson-inspired floor routine for this season is setting the Internet ablaze.

The Seattle native scored yet another perfect floor score in her college career with her viral routine, which is set to a medley of MJ hits such as "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5. Musicophiles can also see and hear Ohashi tumble away to Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" and Tina Turner's version of "Proud Mary."

Not only were her tumbling passes impressive, her energy was not to be ignored. The video was shared to UCLA's Twitter page, where it's been favorited over 600,000 times as of press time, and has been viewed over 30 million times. Senator Kamala Harris, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Jemele Hill were among some of the high-profile names who shared the routine to their personal social media pages.

"Her whole floor routine is ridiculously hard," UCLA Women's Gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field told the university's newspaper, the Daily Bruin. "Every single thing about it including the backward split that she does after her leap pass — it's insane."

The 21-year-old gymnast has a lot to celebrate. Not only is this another perfect score under her belt, it's a personal victory; she almost quit gymnastics after experiencing intense burn-out. We're glad she stuck with it.

Watch her incredible routine above.

[email protected]_ohashi Congratulations! The ground is no place for a champion. There are no impossible dreams. Keep flying! Keep Hope Alive! https://t.co/lde94cDYYB

— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) January 14, 2019

This is just fantastic. Congratulations, @katelyn_ohashi and @uclagymnastics. pic.twitter.com/DfQW4W05gp

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 13, 2019

Note to self: Go to a UCLA gymnastics meet pic.twitter.com/nrwXtjmBVN

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 13, 2019

READ MORE: Simone Biles Becomes First Gymnast To Win World Championships Four Times

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