Tag Archives: basketball

Haters Rally Around ESPN Sportscaster As He Flails About To Save His Job

“Today on OTL, as part of a larger, wide-ranging discussion on today’s news, I offered my personal opinion as it relates to Christianity, a point of view that I have expressed publicly before. I realize that some people disagree with my opinion and I accept and respect that. As has been the case in the past, my beliefs have not …

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Collins: I Secretly Chose #98 As A Tribute To Matthew Shepard & Trevor Project

The parents of Matthew Shepard say they are floored at the news that Jason Collins secretly chose 98 as his uniform number as a tribute to Matthew Shepard and the Trevor Project, which was founded in August 1998 two months before Shepard was murdered. “It made me cry,” Judy Shepard told FOXSports.com during an interview Monday afternoon. “It was really …

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Jason Collins Tweets Appreciation

Guess which word the haters are pouncing upon?

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President Obama Calls Jason Collins

Via Raw Story: President Barack Obama called NBA player Jason Collins on Monday to praise his courage after he became the first star in big-time American professional team sports to come out as gay.  Collins, currently a free agent who has played for six teams over 12 seasons, made the announcement in a blockbuster article in Sports Illustrated. “The President …

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ESPN Sportscaster Attacks Jason Collins:
The Bible Says He’s Not A Christian

Think Progress notes that the attack came in front of openly gay fellow ESPN sportscaster LZ Granderson, who fired back: “I really don’t need Chris or anyone else telling me if I’m a Christian because Jesus tells me I am.”

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TMZ: Boston Pride Wants Jason Collins

In today’s interview with Sports Illustrated, Jason Collins said that he was partially inspired to come out after watching Boston’s gay pride parade, an event he had longed to join. Long no longer, Mr. Collins: Well, that was quick … TMZ has learned Jason Collins has officially been asked to lead Boston’s pride parade this summer, hours after the NBA …

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Athletes Cheer Jason Collins

Navratilova’s responses are especially interesting.

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White House Praises Jason Collins

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Spike Lee Defends Jason Collins

Filmmaker Spike Lee, a rabid basketball fan often seen courtside at Madison Square Garden, is battling haters on Twitter after announcing his support for Jason Collins.

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Clintons: We’re Proud Of Jason Collins

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Ben Cohen Cheers Jason Collins

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Kobe Bryant Praises Jason Collins

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HRC Praises Jason Collins

“Jason Collins’ commitment to living openly is a monumental step forward toward greater equality and he immediately becomes a role model for youth all across this country. His actions today tell LGBT young people that what will define our success in life is our character and dedication, not our sexual orientation. At a moment when millions are reflecting on the …

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Twin Brother Of NBA Player Jason Collins:
I’ve Never Been More Proud Of Him

“I won’t lie. I had no idea. We talked, he answered my questions, I hugged him and I digested what he had told me. At the end of the day, this is what matters: He’s my brother, he’s a great guy, and I want him to be happy. I’ll love him and I’ll support him and, if necessary, I’ll protect …

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NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out, First Openly Gay Still-Playing Male Pro Athlete

America finally has its first openly gay and still-playing male major professional sports athlete.  Jason Collins writes today for Sports Illustrated: I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay. I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I …

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Rutgers Fires Coach For Homophobic And Physical Abuse Of Basketball Players

Rutgers University today fired head basketball coach Mike Rice after ESPN published videos showing Rice screaming homophobic slurs at players while kicking and pushing them. “Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice,” the school statement read. The footage, revealed by former director of player development Eric Murdock, …

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Quote Of The Day – Kobe Bryant

“Of course Magic is supportive of and loves his son.  Why should anyone be surprised? What I can’t tolerate is a lack of tolerance.” – NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, responding to yesterday’s TMZ story about Magic Johnson’s support for his gay son. TMZ ponders: “The strong implication — tolerance is not just limited to parents and their kids, but to …

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Denver Nuggets Star Becomes First NBA Player To Join LGBT Allies Sports Group

Denver Nuggets star Kenneth Faried, who has two moms, has become the first NBA player the join Athlete Ally, the group founded by former collegiate wrestling star Hudson Taylor. Amanda Terkel reports at Huffington Post: “Becoming an Athlete Ally gives me the opportunity to spread a message of inclusiveness throughout the NBA and our country,” said Faried in a statement …

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Photo Of The Day

Only one man tried out to become one of the Brooklyn Nets dancers. He was cut in the first round despite having college cheerleading experience.

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NBA Strike To End?

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