Archive for April, 2013

wbcNBABy now the whole world knows that NBA player, Jason Collins, has come out of the closet. His announcement has been met with mostly positive comments. It has appeared that America has turned a very important corner in tolerance and acceptance. Of course, you knew it couldn’t last long.

Enter the Westboro Baptist Church. You know them, they’re the “God Hates Fags” people. And they really do not like Jason Collins or the NBA, for that matter.

They have decided that since the NBA is now rampant with homosexuals the are going to protest the playoff games of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets and The Chicago Bulls vs. New Jersey Nets. Here is their tweet announcing a new sign made especially for the NBA:

I’m not sure why they have to pick on poor Kevin Durant but I guess they really don’t need a reason. It should be pointed out that this “church” is basically made up of the family of the Reverend Fred Phelps (no relation to Michael Phelps). So it is kind of hard to take them seriously. But they do seem to get a hell of a lot of media coverage. I guess I’m guilty of enabling them, too.

They may hate Jason Collins, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and David Stern but there is one sports personality they like; Chris Broussard:

This is probably not the endorsement that Broussard wanted but I guess you have to take what you can get.

Oklahoma City and Chicago better get ready for an onslaught of literally 8-10 protesters descending on the arenas.

It didn’t take too long for someone at the Worldwide Leader to make a fool out of himself regarding the Jason Collins announcement. Chris Broussard came in right on cue to prove once again that he is an idiot.

This is from my good friends over at Deadspin.

Well, after ESPN had a fairly terrible morningcovering the Jason Collins story, it looked like the network was making progress this afternoon: Smart news hour Outside The Lines would expand to a full hour to discuss the NBA player’s announcement. Fantastic.

Or maybe not. OTL booked Chris Broussard to have a discussion with openly gay correspondent LZ Granderson, and it rapidly devolved into a talk about whether or not gay sex is sinful. Huh? (Broussard’s let his thoughts on this matter be known before).

Read more and watch the video here: http://deadspin.com/espns-chris-broussard-says-being-gay-is-an-open-rebel-484708467

By now we all have heard about Jason Collins’ announcement that he is gay. He’s the first active player in any American professional sport to come out of the closet.

Of course, everyone on Twitter has an opinion. Here are some of the tweets that are out there:

 

 

 

But enough of the support and understanding, I know you really want to read the hate. Here you are:

 

 

 

Sometimes I hate humanity.

jasoncollinsNBA player, Jason Collins, has come out as the first openly gay player in any of the big four professional American sports.

When I first heard the news of Collins coming out my first reaction wasn’t, “This is a great day for tolerance in sport and America,” nor was it, “Oh my god, this is going to bring down American and decent society as we know it.” My first reaction was, “Who the hell is Jason Collins?”

If you had the same reaction here is Jason Collins. He has played for the New Jersey Nets, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics and most recently, the Washington Wizards. This may be the reason that most people have never hear of him.

He is 34-years old and is currently a free agent. It is being reported that he is an “active NBA player” but in reality he has no team to play for. Thirty-four is pretty old by NBA standards and being a free agent probably makes it easier for Collins to come out. To me it seems like Collins is announcing this because he is about to retire.

Even though he says he wants to continue playing his age makes it very unlikely that any team will pick him up. Plus there will probably be some outcry from religious nuts towards any team that even considers signing Collins. There will probably be some very ignorant comments coming from players as well.

I think what Jason Collins has done is a great thing. I have always said that there are gay players in every professional sport. They have just been too afraid to come out for fear of reprisals and a fear that they may be committing career suicide.

It’s tough being the first person to do anything and Jason Collins has paved the way for other gay athletes.  Hopefully, the reaction to Collins’ announcement will be positive. I’m sure there will be some negative, hurtful comments coming from the usual suspects but overall I think America is ready for this.

I had no idea who Jason Collins was before today but I am positive that I will remember who he is for the rest of my life. Good luck, Jason, and thank you.

While the Mamba’s away, the mice will play. The Lakers are fighting for their playoff lives Wednesday against the Houston Rockets but that has not stopped Dwight Howard from thinking up new nicknames.

Kevin Ding has reported that Howard now wants to be called, “The Chocolate Mamba.”

I’m not sure how Kobe Bryant will receive the news but already many Lakers fans are not taking to the new name.

Howard has a long history of keeping things light and joking around but with so much on the line it seems a little ill timed to be thinking up new nicknames. Of course, if the Lakers get into the playoffs no one will think twice about the name. And if the Lakers win a championship Dwight can call himself whatever he wants.

But for tonight, the Chocolate Mamba better have a hell of a game and lead the Lakers into the playoffs.