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Judge Tosses Out Anti-Gay Suit Against Houston Rockets

Earlier this year, food server Rasean Tate filed a lawsuit against the Houston Rockets, charging that several of the team's players taunted him with anti-gay slurs before a game in 2013. Tate was setting up catering in the Rockets locker room when he alleges he was harassed with ugly words and phrases such as "get this f—– out of here!" and "He’s trying to catch a sneaky-peeky!" He says he complained to management but instead saw his work hours cut and was then eventually fired from his job.

HrThis week, a Brooklyn judge rejected Tate's claim against the Rockets. The New York Daily News reports:

Federal Judge Jack Weinstein ruled Monday that since Rasean Tate was not a Rockets’ employee, there is no basis to sue the team for the alleged retaliation that ensued after he complained to his employer, Levy Restaurant Holdings, about the harassment. Tate claims he was barred from working in the locker rooms and his overtime was curtailed.

However, the judge ruled that Tate could pursue a case against the catering company he was employed with at the time of the incident: Levy Restaurant Holdings.

Weinstein said the suit can proceed against Levy. “We respect the judge’s decision but it doesn’t take away the culpability of what Houston Rockets players and staff did in the locker room that day,” said Tate’s lawyer Marjorie Mesidor.

“The comments were discriminatory and they happened.”

Specific players were not named in the original lawsuit.


'How It Got Better' for Jason Collins: VIDEO

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Jason Collins appears in a new episode of the "How It Got Better" series, joining Tegan and Sara, Jane Lynch, Tim Gunn, George Takei, and Laverne Cox in the story series which dives a bit deeper into the lives behind out and proud public figures.

In the inspiring clip, Collins talks about growing up as a twin in L.A., his entrance into sports, realizing he was gay at 16 and trying to fit in while not feeling right about it (he describes it as "having a CIA cover story and you just believe it"), how Matthew Shepard's murder influenced him, a trainer he saw in an 'It Gets Better' video, finally coming out to his family, his jersey #98, and his road to happiness.

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Donald Sterling Digs Himself a Deeper Hole in Anderson Cooper Interview: VIDEO

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Last night CNN aired the full Anderson Cooper interview with banned-for-life LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, none of which helped Sterling out of the hole he has dug himself following the release of a recording in which he told his girlfriend not to bring black people to his games or appear with them in photos.

Some of Sterling's most jaw-dropping comments last night were about Magic Johnson:

"What has he done, can you tell me? Big Magic Johnson, what has he done?...He's got AIDS. Did he do any business? Did he help anyone in South LA?...Well, what kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV? Is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background. But what does he do for the black people? He doesn't do anything.

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Ole Miss Basketball Star Boycotting ESPN Over ‘Nasty’ Michael Sam Kiss, Backtracks Following Outrage

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Former Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson woke up Monday morning and decided the best way to start his week was by sharing with the world his thoughts on ESPN’s coverage of Michael Sam’s emotional reaction to being drafted into the NFL.

Tweeted Henderson:

Shortly after Henderson’s initial tweet went viral, he sent out a series of additional tweets to elaborate on his homophobia before doing some serious backtracking and claiming it was all just a psychology project for a friend.

Feel free to head over to Henderson's Twitter page to read the hilariously panicked stream of consciousness in full.

CBS Sports adds that although Henderson no longer plays college basketball, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork has already tweeted his disappointment with the school’s former star.

Luckily, Henderson is not expected to be drafted into the NBA this June.

This is also not the first time that Ole Miss has had to deal with homophobia among its students. Towleroad readers may recall last October when 20 Ole Miss football players were involved in a mass heckling incident at a University of Mississippi production of The Laramie Project, with the players calling cast members 'fags.'


Donald Sterling Makes Pathetic Beg for Forgiveness, Insults Magic Johnson in Anderson Cooper Interview: VIDEO

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In an excerpt from an interview that will air on Monday, L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling apologizes and begs for forgiveness but can't tell Anderson Cooper why he has waited until now to do so.

Asked Sterling: "Am I entitled to one mistake, am I, after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake?”

He then insults Magic Johnson, telling Anderson that he has spoken with him:

“He’s a good person. I mean, what am I going to say? Has he done everything he can do to help minorities? I don’t think so. But I’ll say it, he’s great. But I don’t think he’s a good example for the children of Los Angeles.”

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With Regard to Donald Sterling, What About the NBA's Homophobic Owner?: VIDEO

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Donald Sterling worked the entire nation into a righteous anger when a recorded conversation of him making extremely racist remarks to his girlfriend was leaked to the world. It wound up costing Sterling his basketball team the L.A. Clippers, millions of dollars in fines, and being permanently banned from the NBA. Justice was served.

However, Craig Crawford at Huffington Post notes that in stark contrast to the furor over Sterling, little was said over the DeVos family, who owns the Orlando Magic, collectively donating millions to anti-gay causes. For a bonus dose of victim-blaming cruelty, patriarch Richard DeVos said of people with AIDS:

At the end of that I put in the document, it was the conclusion document from the commission, that actions have consequences and you are responsible for yours. AIDS is a disease people gain because of their actions. It wasn't like cancer.

That was said 5 years ago, and yet, crickets.

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