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In the wake of Jason Collins admitting that he’s an openly gay professional basketball player, the one former NBA player we were all aware of has come out with some startling information of his own according to Real GM.
Former Orlando Magic forward John Amaechi has been admittedly gay for almost a decade now. Amaechi recently admitted that his Orlando Magic teammates were “aware of his sexuality when he was a player, and simply protected him from scrutiny.”
“I just thought I would lose my job,” Amaechi said during an interview on Wednesday. “My teammates knew. We didn’t talk about, but they knew. … My teammates took care of me.”
Amaechi admitted that the climate towards homosexuality during his playing days made it impossible for him to come out.
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So, yesterday it happened. A male athlete, Jason Collins, of a major American professional sport announced that he’s gay in a cover story for Sports Illustrated. The reactions have been pouring in nonstop. Here’s my obligatory response.
Honestly, it bothers me that this is a thing. That gay athletes feel they must hide who they are from the world...
Don MacLean thinks Jason Collins is 'courageous' for announcing he is gay while still playing in the NBA.
MacLean, who works on the Clippers' pre-and post-game shows for FOX Sports West and Prime Ticket, played in the NBA from 1992-2001 and was named the league's Most Improved Player in 1994 while with the Washington Bullets.
"I know he did it for personal...
Columnist Howard Kurtz left The Daily Beast on Thursday, a day after the website retracted one of his blog posts about the coming out of NBA player Jason Collins.
Both Kurtz and Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown confirmed his departure over Twitter.
Kurtz did not acknowledge any link between the retraction and his departure.
He tweeted that ''as we began to move in...
Former Celtics center Jason Collins‘ announcement Monday morning that he is gay has been met with overwhelming support, with everyone from his fellow NBA players to former President Bill Clinton to average fans taking to social media to give Collins words of encouragement.
Collins, who is currently a free agent, chronicled his decision to come out in a column that was published...
Jason Collins is America’s first openly gay athlete in a major male team sport. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)Effective today as of when the online edition of Sports Illustrated went live, the major male American team sports finally have one openly gay player. Jason Collins, a 12-year veteran of the NBA, published a first-person essay in Sports Illustrated in which...
Jason Collins has put himself in the brightest spotlight of his career. He recently came out and said that he is homosexual, which makes him the first active athlete in all of the four main professional sports to come out as gay. As the days have gone on, discussions have come up that compared similarities between Jason Collins and Jackie Robinson as innovators in sports. In my opinion...
A couple more videos from today's practice. Jason Terry obviously isn't phased by Kenyon Martin's funeral trash talking. Doc says that Jason Collins had previously confided in him, so that yesterday's news that Jason Collins is the first active player in any of the four major American sports to come out as gay wasn't a surprise.
The star of recently announced gay athlete Jason Collins just continues to grow. Now, it appears he is set to really go prime time. Collins reflects on the worldwide reaction following his decision to reveal that he is a gay man and how he hopes his story will further the conversation around equality. Oprah and [...]
New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck supports Jason Collins’ decision to come out as a gay NBA player, but thinks things may be a little awkward in the player’s locker room for a while. The NFL star sounded like he feels there will be a period of awkwardness at the start.
"I think there’ll be an adjustment period," Tuck told The New York Daily News’ Molly...
Jason Collins received largely positive support in the aftermath of his announcement that he is gay.
Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Tony Parker, Kenneth Faried and Rudy Gay were amongst the dozens of players to publicly offer their support to Collins.
Collins also received encouragement on Twitter from Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Martina Navratilova and Spike...
Jason, no need to give Tristan a facial.
So we finally got our first active professional athlete to come out of the closet. Jason Collins gets the distinction of that. Good for him. Hopefully, he can spawn others to do what Mike Piazza never could. So far, the majority of the reactions to this news have been very positive (at least according to him) which is good to hear. As far...
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Tweet One of the more major announcements in the world of professional sports happened yesterday when SI released their cover story with Jason Collins becoming the first active athlete to come out as gay in professional sports. This sparked a mostly positive reaction for Collins’ courageous act from athletes across all sports. However, no one [...]
I would take credit for pointing out days ago this would happen, but it should have been so clear to anyone who uses their brain, so it wasn’t like I was going out on a limb.
These networks, media and entertainment sites could care less about Jason Collins is gay, all they see are dollar signs and ratings. They are going to milk this until every cow is begging for mercy. Collins...
NBA center Jason Collins announced Monday in a story for Sports Illustrated that he’s gay, becoming the first active player in a major American team sport to announce that he is gay.
One closet door flew off its hinges when an active player said, "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."
The last sentence defines the sort of fan you are.
You either react in horror and break out a bible verse, or wish Jason Collins the best for next season.
How would Portland fans react if he made his announcement to the Oregonian...