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If the idea sounds a little strange to you then you are not alone. When I first heard that the Westboro Baptist Church was going to hold a protest outside of Chesapeake Energy Arena Wednesday I thought, "Wow, what a horrible name for an arena" followed quickly with "What in the world do those people hate about basketball?"
The answer was pretty easy--Jason Collins.
Collins became the first active player in one of the four major American sports to announce that he is gay on Monday. Since the news broke you can hardly turn on a new-type program without hearing from Collins or someone's reaction to the news--both good and bad.
It is the kind of thing that transcends from the sports world into mainstream society with all sorts of talk shows commenting on it, the President speaking out in support of Collins, and people from all walks of life saying "its about time!"
And it is exactly the kind of thing that the Westboro Baptist Church likes to hate.
Since the news broke members of the church have sent threatening messages to Collins and for some odd reason Kevin Durant along with other people involved with the NBA. They've been using the hashtag "#GodH8sTheNBA."
I can't fine any reason why the Church is picking on Kevin Durant, but they are. Why the Thunder/Rockets game is a mystery as well (they are also going to be at Game 6 between the Nets/Bulls).
These folks are infamous for their beliefs and how they love to shove them on other people. For some odd reason they fail to see that while they are allowed their beliefs--as inflammatory and hateful as they may be--that others are allowed theirs as well.
If you want to see their hatred in full force check out the link to another article. I thought about including a tweet and a copy of their press release announcing their intentions, but that stuff is--well, there is no way in hell I could ever post that kind of crap (but if you want to see it follow the link).
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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...
Doc has always been extremely supportive of Jason Collins. On several occasions he referred to him as a great locker room presence and he even put him in the starting lineup at one point.
It's possible that Doc already knew the news we all learned about Collins today. Either way, he certainly liked what he brought to the locker room and somehow he might have also been possibly...
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...
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...
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...
In the wake of Jason Collins announcing to the world that he’s gay, everyone in the media business is scrambling to get the reaction of any and every athlete they come in contact with.Erik Kuselia is part of the media business and when former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward joined him on NBC Sports radio, Kuselia followed suit and asked about his reaction to Collins’...