Tag Archives: NBA

Phoenix Suns President On Coming Out

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NBA Star Grant Hill Talks About His Anti-Bullying PSA

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Charles Barkley On Gay Athletes

“First of all, every player has played with gay guys. It bothers me when I hear these reporters and jocks get on TV and say, ‘Oh, no guy can come out in a team sport. These guys would go crazy.’ First of all, quit telling me what I think. I’d rather have a gay guy who can play than a …

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GLSEN And NBA Star Grant Hill Issue Anti-Bullying PSA

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Phoenix Suns President Comes Out

The president of the Phoenix Suns NBA franchise has come out. Rick Welts is the first such professional sports leader to publicly declare his gayness. Welts talked separately to NBA commissioner David Stern, Suns guard Steve Nash, Hall of Famer Bill Russell and founding WNBA president Val Ackerman to discuss the message he wished to convey in making his sexual …

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Openly Gay Former NBA Player John Amaechi On Kobe Bryant’s Fine

Openly gay former NBA player John Amaechi feels Kobe Bryant’s “fucking faggot” apology was insincere and that the NBA’s fine was appropriate. Amaechi came out in 2007 after his retirement. He remains the only openly gay current or former NBA player.

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Kobe Bryant: Word Can Be Hurtful

As penance for last week’s “fucking faggot” incident, the below PSA featuring Kobe Bryant and members of the Los Angeles Lakers will be played at the stadium during home games.

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Quote Of The Day – Ted Nugent

“If the NBA had any true gay convictions, the NBA should host a Homosexual Night. During halftime, the homosexuals could come down on the court, hold hands and prance around the court to music by the Village People. The NBA could then give each homosexual a pink basketball as a symbol of solidarity. Like other professional athletes, numerous NBA players …

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NBA To Partner With GLAAD

GLAAD and the NBA today announced a joint effort to quell homophobia in professional basketball. This new partnership arises out of an incident in which Los Angeles Laker star Kobe Bryant was captured by network television as he called a referee a “fucking faggot.” Bryant is appealing the $100K fine imposed by the NBA for his outburst. Via press release: …

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Kobe Bryant To Appeal “Faggot” Fine

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant announced today that he intends to appeal the $100K fine imposed by the NBA yesterday for his calling a referee a “fucking faggot” during Tuesday night’s game. Bryant, talking from Sacramento on the Mason & Ireland show on ESPN 710 Radio in Los Angeles, said the appeal is “standard protocol,” but also took responsibility …

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NBA Fines Kobe Bryant $100,000

In a move the Human Rights Campaign calls “unprecedented,” the NBA has fined superstar Kobe Bryant $100,000 for calling a referee a “fucking faggot” during last night’s game. Via press release: While Bryant acknowledged the outburst earlier today and said in a statement it did “not reflect my feelings toward the gay and lesbian communities,” he failed to apologize or …

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Kobe Bryant Calls Ref “Fucking Faggot”

Last night NBA superstar Kobe Bryant called a referee a “fucking faggot” after receiving a technical foul. The Human Rights Campaign reacts: “What a disgrace for Kobe Bryant to use such horribly offensive and distasteful language, especially when millions of people are watching. Hopefully Mr. Bryant will recognize that as a person with such fame and influence, the use of …

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ESPN Launches Homophobic Commercial

In a new ESPN commercial for their NBA coverage, Shaquille O’Neal reacts to Mike Breen’s request for a “fist kiss” by moving away from him, calling it “weird” and “disgusting”, and then mimicking Breen in an effeminate voice. Via John Aravosis at AmericaBlog: One simple question. If the ad called a show of affection between blacks and whites “weird” and …

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