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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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JMG Reader Sean Chapin Convinces SF Giants To Create “It Gets Better” Video

JMG reader Sean Chapin has convinced the San Francisco Giants to become the first professional sports team to create an “It Gets Better” video. Chapin’s petition to the team on Change.org had drawn over 6000 signatures. In an interview Monday, Chapin, a 35-year-old accountant who lives in San Francisco and works in Oakland, described the team’s decision, announced Monday, as …

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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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Hero Collision: Rugby Star Ben Cohen Meets Champion Wrestler Hudson Taylor

Read this NYT profile on the two most well-known straight allies in the world of sports. The article begins: Ben Cohen is a world-class English rugby star, and Hudson Taylor is a three-time college all-American wrestler. They live on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. They barely know each other. But they have something quite unusual in common. They may …

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Tweet Of The Day – Uptown Hockey

Uptown Hockey, a Canadian sports agency representing dozens of NHL hockey players, yesterday tweeted their disgust with New York Rangers star Sean Avery, who has recorded a video clip in support of marriage equality. Canada’s National Post got this quote from Uptown Hockey’s president, Don Reynolds: “It’s sad. I mean, my personal position is that I do not support gay …

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Sean Avery For New York Marriage

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Atlanta Braves Suspend Pitching Coach Over Anti-Gay Slurs Directed At Fans

The Atlanta Braves have suspended their pitching coach after he heckled fans at a San Francisco game by shouting, “Are you a homo couple or a threesome?” and then simulating anal sex with a baseball bat. The Braves have placed pitching coach Roger McDowell on administrative leave while they continue to investigate allegations that he directed anti-gay slurs toward fans …

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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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Hudson Taylor: I Give A Damn

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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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Photo Of The Day – Pink Thundersticks

Thousands of Brazilian volleyball fans showed up with pink “thundersticks” emblazoned with the name of an openly gay player after he’d been taunted with chants of “Faggot, faggot!” by fans of an opposing team. Visit Matt Algren’s Asterisk for video and more amazing photos.

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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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Quote Of The Day – Ben Cohen

“It is disappointing to see this. As a professional athlete and rugby World Cup champion, I understand the heat and passion of competition at the highest levels. But we must all remember that strong bodies must be balanced with strong characters, and works toward that end. Our positions as role models demand it.” – Straight ally Ben Cohen, saying he’s …

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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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