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August 22, 2014

V. Stivanio says in court papers she never had sex with the billionaire who was ousted from NBA for racist comments

Donald Sterling, the one-time owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, was ousted from the league for being a racist bigot.

Now his ex-girlfriend is also claiming that he is also gay.

V. Stiviano alleges in court papers filed this week that she was the billionaire's beard and that the two never had sex.

She states that Sterling is 'homosexual and enjoys sexual and or sexual congress with males.'

August 19, 2014

'Father Time is undefeated against us all'

After playing part of last season for the Brooklyn Nets, the NBA's first openly gay player is hinting that his playing days could be over.

Jason Collins, 35, came out amid much fanfare on the cover of Sports Illustrated in April 2013 then, for the first time in his career, was not signed by a team.

But the Nets hired him mid-season and he was able to secure his place in history as the first out player in the league.

August 2, 2014

Violet Palmer and wife, Tanya Stine, have been a couple for the past 20 years
 

Violet Palmer, the first woman to referee a National Basketball Association game, married celebrity hair stylist Tanya Stine, her partner of 20 years.

The pair were married in Los Angeles yesterday (1 August).

August 1, 2014

Adam Senn character of Zero had been in relationship with team cheerleader

Is this the Jason Collins influence?

The new VH1 pro basketball drama Hit the Floor recently revealed that the star player on its fictional Los Angeles Devils team is bisexual and begun an affair with his agent.

The star player is named Zero and is played by an often shirtless Adam Senn. The agent, Jude, is played by Brent Antonello. Jude also happens to be the son of the team's owner.

Since Zero had been involved in an affair with a scheming cheerleader, the relationship with Jude came as a bit of a surprise.

April 18, 2014

'You've gotta praise this kid for his courage'

John Calipari, the men's basketball coach for the University of Kentucky, knows something about hoops at the University of Massachusetts.

He coached there from 1989 to 1996. One of his former players, Derek Kellogg, runs the program now.

April 11, 2014

'It seems to me, a lot of questions about gay athletes, were the same questions they used to ask about us'

National Basketball Association legend Bill Russell sees little difference in the concerns gay athletes face now and what black ball players faced when sport leagues were integrated.

'It seems to me, a lot of questions about gay athletes, were the same questions they used to ask about us,' Russell said, as reported by the Associated Press.

April 9, 2014

In his coming out, he has become the first openly gay National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 basketball player

Basketball player Derrick Gordon came out as gay today (9 April).

In his coming out, he has become the first openly gay National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 basketball player.

A sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball player, the 22-year-old has decided to come out at the beginning of his career.

‘I just didn't want to hide anymore, in any way,’ Gordon told ESPN.

March 21, 2014

'One player, one knucklehead from another team. He's a knucklehead. So I just let it go'

Out basketball player Jason Collins refuses to worry about the one opponent who taunted him with bigoted language.

The first openly gay athlete in the National Basketball Association has had no problems thus far,  minus one player he refuses to name.

February 23, 2014

Collins played for the Brooklyn Nets, when the team was in New Jersey, for seven years

Out basketball player Jason Collins has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

He now is the first openly gay athlete in the history of the National Basketball Association.

According to Yahoo Sports, the 35-year-old will be ready when the team meets for a game today, 23 February, against the Los Angeles Lakers.

February 18, 2014

'I think it's an insult to gay people to think that they are going to be looking at their teammates in a sexual way. That's an insult to all gay men'

When it comes to LGBTI equality, Charles Barkley has always been a vocal ally.

He supports same-sex marriage and has noted, multiple times, that when it comes to gay athletes all that matters is field performance.

November 11, 2013

Tells GSN: 'I couldn't be happier and more content with being able to live an authentic and genuine life'

This is the first fall in more than a decade that Jason C0llins has not been on the roster of an NBA team.

But no need to feel sorry for him.

'Whatever your situation you try to have a positive outlook on so everything is a blessing. I couldn't be happier and more content with being able to live an authentic and genuine life,' Collins told Gay Star News over the weekend.

'Life is good.'

November 2, 2013

Charles Barkley isn't certain that Jason Collins can bring enough scoring power to an NBA team

Charles Barkley, Hall of Famer and basketball analyst, doesn't think Jason Collins' sexuality is blocking him from being picked up by an NBA team.

In an interview with the magazine Sports Illustrated, the league's 1993 MVP, argued Collins' declining skills are the reasons he remains unsigned.

July 4, 2013

He had made anti-gay remarks when John Amaechi came out

Back in 2007, former NBA player Tim Hardaway made headlines when he made some anti-gay comments after John Amaechi came out publicly as a gay man.

Fast forward six years and Hardaway is a changed man.

The former Miami Heat player was the first signer of a petition proposing a constitutional amendment to legalize same-sex marriage.

There is an effort to put a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing same-sex marriage on the ballot in Florida in November 2014.

After Amaech's coming out, Hardaway was quoted as saying 'I hate gay people.'

June 26, 2013

Anthony Nicodemo becomes the first New York City area high-school boys basketball to come out

Basketball coach Anthony Nicodemo was  worried about what would happen if he came out to his high school team. He shouldn't have been.

The New York City area native has led the Saunders High School Devils since 2009. This Monday (24 June), he held a team meeting with players and their parents.

June 2, 2013

Center Roy Hibbert reaches out to Jason Collins on Twitter for the anti-gay comment made after Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals

Roy Hibbert, center for the NBA's Indiana Pacers, is in hot water for an anti-gay slur used in a press conference yesterday (1 June).

Hibbert's team had jut won Game 6 in their 7-game-series against LeBron James and the Miami Heat. A reporter asked Hibbert, a Georgetown University graduate, about his defense on James during a crucial part of the game.

May 31, 2013

'It’s a new world. Everyone should know that they can be themselves in sports'

Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the NBA team the Dallas Mavericks, is the latest high-profile name to join the effort of Athlete Ally.

The group, founded by straight wrestler Hudson Taylor, announced today that Cuban has joined the advisory board of the organization dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports and in general.

May 28, 2013

Becomes the first WNBA player in history to dunk twice in one game

Brittany Griner made a historic WNBA debut on Monday (27 May) becoming the first player in the pro league's history to make two slam dunks in a single game.

Griner came out publicly as a lesbian in April, a month before Jason Collins became the first active NBA player to come out publicly as gay.

The 22-year-old Griner plays for the Phoenix Mercury and was the number one pick in this year's WNBA draft.

May 8, 2013

'It’s an insult to gay people to think that they’re trying to pick up on their teammates'

Retired NBA star Charles Barkley said Tuesday (7 May) that he played alongside  at least three or four gay teammates during his career and that it was 'no big deal.'

'Of course I did. Everybody did. Everybody played with a gay teammate,' Barkley said on The Dan Patrick Show.

May 2, 2013

NBA star Jason Collins coming out has inspired the competitive sportsman languishing in one dad and he’s chosen his opponent, anti-gay marathon man Mike Huckabee

I have a confession to make. As much as I loathe clichés and generalizations, there is one that I live up to with incredible gusto. I typify the gay guy who doesn’t do sports. Not even a little bit.

From the pains of never getting picked for teams in PE to the days of racking up huge Trivial Pursuit momentum only to be demolished by the final Orange pie question (for those too young for the original Trivial Pursuit, that was the ‘sports’ category), I am the ultimate sports loser.

April 29, 2013

Basketball star Jason Collins has become the first openly gay athlete to continue playing professionally in a major US team sport

Basketball player Jason Collins has come out as gay, becoming the first openly gay athlete in a major US team sport.

The seven foot tall 34-year-old, who plays center for the Washington Wizards, has come out in an article for Sports Illustrated.

He said: ‘I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different."

‘If I had my way, someone else would have already done this.

April 19, 2013

The star of women’s basketball in America has come out as gay

Basketball superstar Brittney Griner has decided to acknoweledge her sexuality for the first time in public.

In a group interview with Sports Illustrated yesterday (18 April), the 22-year-old discussed her sexuality and her ambition to help younger members of the LGBT community. 

She said: ‘If I can show that I’m out and I’m fine and everything’s ok, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way.’

During the interview the 6’8 pro-basketball player voiced her personal advice to young fans.

February 11, 2013

LA Lakers forward had hurled gay slur during game in 2011

It was only back in 2011 that Lakers star Kobe Bryant called a referee a 'faggot' during the heat of a basketball game.

With Bryant being one of the biggest names in the National Basketball Association, the criticism was swift and he delivered the expected apology.

Over the weekend, Bryant took things a step further without any prodding.

In the middle of a Twitter exchange, Bryant told a fan to stop using 'you're gay' as an insult.

October 18, 2012

This week's Spirit Day to combat bullying getting unprecedented support

Just two years after the first Spirit Day took place, unprecedented support from the worlds of sports and entertainment is shaping up for the day to 'go purple' as a statement against LGBT bullying.

Observance of the day is on Friday (19 October) and participating will be the National Basketball Association (NBA) / Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), Major League Soccer (MLS) and NASCAR's diversity program.

October 13, 2012

Is coming out even worth the risk for a player in the National Basketball League?

This past Thursday (11 Oct) was National Coming Out Day in the US. ESPN, an international sports media corporation, published an essay  listing the hazards a National Basketball League athlete would face if he announced he were gay.