He tried to insult an opposing player by calling him 'gay,' but the ref didn't stand for it.

Using "gay" as a slur is something that most kids grow out of by the time they're old enough to know right from wrong.

"Yeah, no." — A baby. Image via Thinkstock.


Sadly, some folks never learn.

It's an epidemic that seems to run especially rampant among among pro athletes.

Oh, Kobe. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images.

For years, the script was pretty much always the same: Athlete makes homophobic comment, outcry ensues, athlete offers halfhearted apology and faces zero-to-minimal consequences.

That was the old script.

But now it's 2015.

And when Norwegian soccer player Simen Juklerod tried to insult an opponent by calling him "gay" during a recent match, he wasn't ignored, or tolerated, or slapped on the wrist.

The ref threw him out of the game. On the spot.


Boom.

According to some accounts, this is the first time a player has been ejected from a professional soccer game for using a homophobic slur. Which is awesome. 'Cause it's about time.

Good change: It's good!

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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