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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 as a Blazer? They'd name a street named after him? Maybe a parade?
It's the Portland way, man.
The Trail Blazer faithful would line the parade route from Cesar Chavez Avenue to MLK and finish on Drexler Drive at the Rose Garden.
Portland would gather in Pioneer Square and roar their approval loud enough to echo from Gresham to Beaverton, from Vancouver to Lake Oswego.
It worked for Greg Oden, sort of.
Portland cheers a big man who can walk and run. They know how fragile they are. From Bill Walton to Mychal Thompson to Sam Bowie, including Arvydas Sabonis and Oden, their wheels...
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Jason Collins stunned everyone Monday, when he revealed that he is gay in a personal essay in Sports Illustrated. And by everyone, we mean everyone -- even his ex-fiancee, according to one report.
According to the gossip website TMZ , Collins, who most recently played for the Washington Wizards, dated former WNBA player Carolyn Moos for seven years, and the two were engaged before...
Everyone is well within their rights to praise Jason Collins for coming out of the closet. I am sure it wasn’t easy thing to do, even though he will be handsomely rewarded financially for his decision.
But, just like any big announcement, there were casualties online the way. Collins spoke to Good Morning America and I thought it was interesting what he said about being engaged...
LeRoy Butler was all set to earn $8,500 to speak at a Wisconsin church — then he tweeted at Jason Collins.
Butler’s tweet read “Congrats to Jason Collins.” That was enough for the church to no longer want to be associated with the former Packers All-Pro safety.
After Butler sent his tweet on Monday, the church told Butler they were canceling his event. He asked why, and the...
LeRoy Butler had one church cancel on him for publicly congratulating gay NBA player Jason Collins, but now the former Green Bay Packers safety has added a church to his speaking schedule.
This church, St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Madison, Wis., has agreed to host Butler because of his public stance regarding Collins.
"LeRoy walked away from a good amount of money ...
When the site Ultimate Rockets broke the news on Tuesday that the Westboro Baptist Church intended to protest outside of Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday during Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals game between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder, it was assumed that an ugly scene was not only possible, but likely. The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious...
Opinions are ranging far and wide on Jason Collins becoming the first openly active athlete to admit that he is gay. The latest to weigh in is Los Angeles Lakers forward Antwan Jamison who chatted with TMZ about the topic as he walked through LA. Antawn — who’s been in the league since 1998 — [...]
With this being the slow time in the NFL, news on teams is little, most times it feels we reach for info that is not there. Even with this being a little break, the biggest news the sports world has heard that will influence other players in other sports to do the same came out. Jason Collins, a professional athlete who is still competing at the top level, came out as a homosexual... Read more
Caroline Moos dated recently out NBA player Jason Collins and was even engaged to him. Obviously, his admission of homosexuality came as a shock.
THE MAILMAN DELIVERS
Karl Malone made it perfectly clear with his statement of support of Jason Collins that he would have no problem with a gay teammate.
Former Green Bay Packers safety Leroy Butler was supposed to give a speech at a Wisconsin church this week. That speech has now been canceled after Butler tweeted out support to gay NBA player Jason Collins via Twitter.
Tuesday, Butler tweeted, “Congrats to Jason Collins.” Soon after that the church informed Butler that his services were no longer needed.
“Wow, I was scheduled...
Jason Collins has received more support than criticism since he came out as openly gay on Monday, but there are sure to still be a number of obstacles he will have to face going forward. During an appearance on “The Dan Patrick” show on Tuesday, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry commended Collins for having the “courage” to come out, but also touched on what could...
Chris Broussard took to Power 105.1 FM’s The Breakfast Club this morning to explain the comments he made on ESPN’s Outside The Lines in regards to homosexuality and his religious beliefs. The discussion on OTL began with Chris speaking on Jason Collins, the NBA player who recently revealed his sexual orientation. Watch Chris Broussard’s interview [...]
Jason Collins said he has gotten ''incredible'' support since coming out as the first openly gay player in one of the four major U.S. pro sports leagues, and hopes he may have made the path easier for others to follow.
Collins sat down for an interview that was aired by ABC's ''Good Morning America'' on Tuesday, one day after the veteran NBA center...
President Barack Obama says he told NBA center Jason Collins that he ''couldn't be prouder of him'' for coming out as gay while playing in a major sports league.
Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, Obama said Collins showed the progress the United States has made in recognizing that gays and lesbians deserve full equality. He said they deserve ''not...