Tag Archives: basketball

NCAA Basketball Player Comes Out

ESPN has the story: Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team, stepped forward Wednesday as the first openly gay player in Division I men’s college basketball, sharing his story with ESPN and Outsports. The 22-year-old shooting guard came out to his family, coaches and teammates in the span of just a few days at …

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NBA Auctions Signed Collins Jerseys

The NBA just emailed to tip me that they have launched an auction for autographed Jason Collin jerseys. Sales will benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation and GLSEN. Each jersey is authenticated by the NBA and MeiGray Game-Worn Authentication Program. MeiGray Group, the official game-worn partner of the NBA, offers collectors the highest standards of authenticity, integrity, and reliability for all …

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Brooklyn Nets Clinch Playoff Berth

Last night the Brooklyn Nets clinched a berth in the Eastern Conference playoffs with their 14th consecutive home win at Barclays Center, setting the stage for Jason Collins to add a another item to his list of first-ever accomplishments when he enters a playoff game with his Matthew Shepard-honoring jersey. Most of the hubbub about the NBA’s first openly gay …

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Headline Of The Day

Nobody is claiming that Jason Collins is responsible, but neither can anybody say that the NBA’s first openly gay player is jinxing the team as the Brooklyn Nets have been on a wild winning streak ever since Collins was signed. In fact, the previously languishing Nets are now very close to clinching a spot in the playoffs. The Brooklyn Nets …

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BROOKLYN: Jason Collins Debuts In First Home Game, Sources Claim He Will Get Second 10-Day Contract

Via the Associated Press: A person with knowledge of the situation says the Brooklyn Nets will sign Jason Collins to a second 10-day contract. Collins signed his original deal on Feb. 23, becoming the NBA’s first openly gay player, and it expires Tuesday. The Nets then will re-sign him for another 10 days on Wednesday, the person tells The Associated …

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NBA To Donate Proceeds From Jason Collins Jersey Sales To LGBT Groups

Via the Associated Press: The NBA plans to donate proceeds from sales of Jason Collins jerseys to the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. Collins became the league’s first openly gay player when he signed with the Brooklyn Nets last Sunday, and his No. 98 jersey has been the top seller on NBAStore.com. He chose …

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Jason Collins At Pre-Game Presser: I Know How To Play Basketball, I’m Ready
UPDATE: Standing Ovation As Collins Enters Game At Start Of Second Quarter

At this writing, the first quarter has ended and Collins has not yet entered the game. Fans and assholes are tweeting up a storm from the arena. UPDATE: Collins has entered the game. And THAT, folks, is LGBT history being made tonight. UPDATE II: Sports reporters on Twitter are calling it a standing ovation but the clip below only catches …

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Headline Of The Day

“The Portland Trail Blazers are in support of the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection ballot initiative. We do so as believers in individual choice as a fundamental right of all people.” Source. (Tipped by JMG reader Glenn)

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WNBA Ref: Technical Foul For Kissing

USA Today reports: Well, this is new. Diana Taurasi and Seimone Augustus were defending each other during Thursday night’s WNBA conference finals game between the Minnesota Lynx and the Phoenix Mercury. As the commentators note, Taurasi and Augustus have known each other for a very long time and there is genuine affection to complement the competition. Apparently, that affection crossed …

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Michael Jordan’s Daughter Comes Out

The daughter of basketball superstar Michael Jordan has come out via her Instagram account. On 29 August, Jordan’s only daughter Jasmine, 20, posted a photograph of herself and girlfriend Tyson-Thomas on the site with the caption: “This Little Closet Is Holding Me Back.” Responding to users’ questions on whether or not she was gay, she confirmed that it is true. …

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Barkley & Shaq Chat With Jason Collins

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Jason Collins’ #98 Jersey: Top Seller

The Washington Wizards announced today that 100% of its online custom jersey sales in the last 48 hours have borne the name and number of Jason Collins. Washington Wizards center Jason Collins’ jerseys got a boost in online sales after he became the first openly gay athlete on a major U.S. team sport. Team spokesman Scott Hall told ABC News …

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Athlete Ally Thanks Jason Collins

Featuring Hudson Taylor and Brendon Ayanbadego.

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Obama On Collins: I Couldn’t Be Prouder

Wingnut sites are losing their shit. Heh.

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Quote Of The Day: Andy Roddick

“Yesterday was an incredible day for athletes everywhere. Jason Collin’s courage and leadership in coming out reminds me of how important it is for an athlete to be able to be true to him or herself. As an Athlete Ally, I want to support every athlete to feel comfortable and confident being themselves and to make sure that all people …

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Dan Savage On Jason Collins’ Coming Out: This Feels Almost As Big As DADT Repeal

With Athlete Ally founder Hudson Taylor on the panel.

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Jason Collins On Good Morning America

Jason Collins appeared on Good Morning America today. Sitting down with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos for his first interview since coming out in a Sports Illustrated editorial published on Monday, Collins admitted that he finds it “kind of mind-boggling” that he became the first active openly gay athlete in major U.S.team sports. “I never set out to be the first,” Collins …

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Ellen Cheers Jason Collins

“I’m gonna hug your knees so hard.”

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Frank Bruni Knows When Gay People Will Stop Talking About People Coming Out

“Many of us want to, and will: when a gay, lesbian or transgendered kid isn’t at special risk of being brutalized or committing suicide. When the federal government outlaws discrimination against people based on sexual orientation, which it still hasn’t done. “When immigration laws give same-sex couples the same consideration that they do heterosexual ones. When the Defense of Marriage …

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Red Sox Make Pitch To Jason Collins

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