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Michael Musto speaks to Zeke Thomas, the gay son of NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas in an OUT magazine interview. Zeke is a DJ who has been chosen to play the NBA All-Star Game in February.
Said Zeke to Musto:
I came out in 2008, my sophomore year at college. My parents like to say they always knew I was gay. I came out to them, and they were very accepting. I always knew they would be accepting. Growing up, I had gay uncles, like every kid in America. I never was so scared that my parents were going to shun or disown me—the horror stories you hear. I was just nervous about, “Are my friends gonna accept me?” because I was a jock kid, so to speak, with an athlete father.
Read Musto's full interview here.
Kansas City sportscaster and avowed Missouri fan Jack Harry made waves on social media over the weekend after he used the term 'Gayhawks' to mock the University of Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.
SB Nation notes the clip "does not remotely appear to be doctored."
Harry later posted a video to YouTube denying that he ever made the remark, even though there is a clip online of him making the slur.
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The Orlando Magic have teamed up with Chick-Fil-A for their Hot Shot Promotion:
Magic fans will be able to enjoy Chick-fil-A® for free with the help of the Orlando Magic during the 2013-14 NBA season with the Chick-fil-A Hot Shot Promotion. The Magic are partnering with Chick-fil-A to offer a free spicy chicken sandwich to any Magic fan in attendance at any home game in which the Magic hit five or more 3-pointers. To redeem their free sandwhich, fans can take their ticket stub or seat locator stub/sheet into any participating Central Florida Chick-fil-A location the day after the team hits the mark.
Enjoy the taste of hate chik-in with every 3-pointer.
Chick-fil-A and its WinShape foundation have not stopped giving to anti-gay causes.
Almost six months after Jason Collins' historic coming out, the player has yet to sign with a team in the NBA.
The New York Times has published an interview with Collins and poses the question everyone wants answered: Is he still a free agent because he is openly gay?
“You don’t want to speculate — I don’t go there,” (Collins) said while picking at a bowl of greens in a cafe in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, near where he lives. But while conceding he would be at the lower end of a team’s depth chart at this stage of his career, he admitted being perplexed because, he said, “I feel there are players in the league right now that, quite frankly, I’m better than.”
As teams firmed up their rosters in late summer, Collins’s agent, Arn Tellem, received inquiries from at least three teams in the market for a reserve big man who understood positional defense. One of them, the Detroit Pistons, settled on Josh Harrellson, a third-year player who cost the Pistons more than $500,000 less than the nearly $1.4 million Collins would have earned — the minimum salary for a player with his experience.
Several league executives said the number of teams interested in Collins had shrunk because of new penalties for teams exceeding the luxury tax threshold.
Brooklyn was thought to be a potential landing site because Collins spent roughly half his career with the Nets when they played in New Jersey, where he was a trusted teammate of Jason Kidd, now the team’s coach. But with the Nets’ soaring payroll, Collins would have cost the team almost four times his salary in taxes.
Collins acknowledged that signing younger players would be more prudent financially, but he asked how experience could be discounted in such a competitive sport.
In an article titled "What we're learning from Jason Collins" published this past National Coming Out Day, ESPN NBA writer Kevin Arnovitz is a bit more blunt in his assessment:
League trends aside, nearly a dozen execs say privately that the media glare that would come with a Collins signing just isn’t worth the distraction to most teams. Locker rooms are fragile places already and not always receptive to change, and though NBA players as a whole are extremely professional with the media, it’s not their favorite half hour of the day. The easier it is, the better. If he were a rotation player or better, the thinking goes, the cost/benefit analysis might produce a different outcome.
In other words, the market for Collins would be bigger if he weren’t openly gay.
Why do you think Collins remains an unsigned player?
San Antonio Spurs player Tony Parker apologized over the weekend for saying that France was playing like "tapettes" (fags) during a match-up with Spain in the Eurobasket 2013 semifinals in which they were trailing by double digits, Spurs Nation reports.
Said Parker: "J'ai l'impression qu'on avait peur, qu'on jouait comme des 'tapettes.'"
Parker later apologized:
“I’d like to apologize to the gay community. I did not want to offend them. If I have offended the gay community, I apologize. It was not my intention at all. It is not right to say what I said I’m sorry. And apologize.”
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