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.

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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.

bquinnI am not sure what is going on with the New York Jets. They went from a Super Bowl contender to an absolute joke in about three years. And now they have finally put on the big red nose with their latest acquisition. According to reports they have just signed Brady Quinn. Yes, THAT Brady Quinn.

I’m still trying to figure this out.

Bringing in Tim Tebow was an absolute bust. Mark Sanchez is inconsistent at best. So I don’t understand what Quinn brings to the table. The guy has been around the league more than Kim Kardashian.

Word has it that Jets QB coach, David Lee, like Quinn and that is why they are bringing him on board. But what are they really getting? If he is the replacement for Tebow then this is a lateral move. Quinn has had a lackluster career so far. He is Tebow without the religion.

And he is certainly not a replacement for Mark Sanchez. As bad as Sanchez has been, Quinn is not an upgrade. This signing, if it goes through, makes no sense. But then the whole Jets organization has not made much sense lately.

2010 -- Skip BaylessDuring the Washington Redskins playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Redskins QB, Robert Griffin III, suffered a knee injury.  Going into the game there was much speculation as the weather RG3 was healthy enough to play. Specifically, team doctor James Andrews stated that he thought RG3 was brought back too quickly.

Immediately after the injury the Internet exploded with accusations from Skins fans that head coach Mike Shanahan left RG3 in the game too long and he was to blame for the injury. It was another example of a coach (and by extension, the NFL) not caring about the health and safety of a player.

And it’s a valid argument. Most rational people would make that connection.

But what if you are a complete idiot with no real grasp on reality and you just want to create some controversy? Then that do you do? Professional instigator and part time Internet troll, Skip Bayless, decided to weigh in with one of the most idiotic sports takes ever. He came to the asinine conclusion that Dr. Andrews was to blame for the injury when he unleashed this spectacularly moronic tweet.

“@RealSkipBayless: Hope Dr. Andrews is pleased w/ self, publicly going after Shanahan, creating doubt in RG3’s mind by saying still nervous about RG3’s knee.”

There is a lot of insanity packed into those 140 characters.  First off, he makes it seem like Dr. Andrews has concocted some kind of diabolical plan to wreck Mike Shanahan’s career.  Bayless is so used to coming up with idiotic sports takes just to piss people off and get some publicity for himself, he thinks that’s the way everybody operates.  Unfortunately for him that’s not the way normal people (e.g. Non-egomaniacs) operate.

And to say the Doc put doubt in RG3’s head is ridiculous. Pro athletes are some of the mentally tough people on the planet (with the exception of Tony Romo). RG3 knows his body better than anyone else. He knows what limitations, if any, he has on any given day.

But Skip got what he wanted; he used a player’s injury to bring attention to himself. Never mind that in order to get that attention he has to come up with an opinion that is so devoid of logic that even members of the Tea Party think he is insane. It’s all about getting the spotlight on himself. At that, he’s brilliant. He just sucks at everything else.

I have never been big on birthdays. As I get older they simply remind me that I am getting older (and nobody wants to be reminded of that.)

So this year, I’m giving my birthday up.

This year instead of asking for gifts, I’m asking for donations for a great cause. The money is not going to me, though. All of it is going to build freshwater projects for people in developing countries.

Almost a billion people in the world are living without clean water — but how much are they really living? Millions contract deadly diseases from contaminated water. 30,000 people will die this week alone. The lucky ones won’t, but still have to walk hours each day to get dirty water for their families. It’s a daily struggle.

These people cannot survive without clean water. It’s easy for us to simply go the the faucet and get clean, safe water. It is something that we all take for granted.

I have been blessed enough. I get to sit at home and write about sports all day. I get paid to do what I love. And I get to interact with some really great people. It’s time that I start giving back. My birthday wish this year is not for more gifts I don’t need; it’s to give clean and safe drinking water to some of the billion people living without it. I want to make my birthday matter this year.

Just know that 100% of all donations go directly toward water projects. And about 18 months after this campaign ends, charity: water will show us where and how every dollar we raised ended up helping in the field. We’ll see GPS coordinates, photos and more details about the communities we’ve impacted.

Please join me. You can contribute by clicking on this link http://mycharitywater.org/operation-bday

NBA players have STILL not learned that they can’t call refs or fans “fags.” And I’m not sure they ever will. (And yes, I’m actually using the word fag. I don’t censor. I think it’s important to use the words we’re talking about. I’ve done it before and I will continue to do it.)

This latest incident came to light when deadspin.com published tweets allegedly from Amare Stoudemire to a fan where he drops an F-Bomb on the fan.

Reportedly, the NBA is looking into this matter and I fully expect Amare to be fined just like Kobe Bryant and Jokim Noah were when they used the same slur.

I know a lot of people out there don’t think it’s a big deal for someone to use the word fag in a derogatory fashion. But it is a big deal. The NBA has a whole campaign that is against using homophobic slurs. And if it’s a big deal to the NBA you better believe David Stern is going to make sure it’s a big deal to the players.

So how did all this start?

Apparently the Knicks fan was trolling Amare and sent him this tweet; “you better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season mannnnnn deadasss!!!” Now when it comes to nasty tweets sent to pro athletes, that’s pretty tame. Los Angeles Lakers’ Steve Blake and his family got death threats after he missed a game winning shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder in this year’s playoffs. Now that’s harsh.

So, it’s surprising to me that Amare would respond the way he did. I’m sure he received worse tweets when he put his hand through a piece of glass and sliced his hand open during the series versus the Miami Heat.

Maybe he was just having a bad day. Who knows? But he, and all other players, have to know that the NBA will not tolerate this kind of language.

To his credit, Amare did apologize. But it may be too little, too late. It’s going to be interesting to see how the league responds.