It's a milestone! Sure, there have been plenty of closeted gay players who have retired, but until Jason Collins's announcement this morning, there had never been an openly gay player who retired after it became clear that no one wanted to sign him.
On Friday, the Nets debuted gray alternate jerseys in a game against the Celtics. On Saturday, in the notes section at the bottom of the game recap, the AP reported that the "Nets debuted an alternate gay, short-sleeve, V-neck home jersey with Brooklyn across the chest in blue lettering." Whoops.
After last night's 112-89 victory over the Nuggets in Denver, Jason Collins met briefly with the family of Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old from Casper, Wyo., who was tortured and murdered for being gay in 1998. Collins presented his signed N0. 98 jersey, which he wears as a tribute to Shepard, to Shepard's parents.
Jason Collins on Sunday became the first openly gay athlete to play in a major U.S. sport. In the 1970s, coming out was never an option for Dodgers outfielder Glenn Burke.
The most striking thing about Jason Collins's entrance, making him the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the four major sports, was the subdued applause. Not the cheering part; it's 2014 and fans have been ready for this for a long time. But the number of fans who sat on their hands during the brief break in…
As expected, Jason Collins appeared tonight in Los Angeles for the Nets and thus became the first openly gay player to appear in the NBA, and in any of America's four biggest professional sports.
NBA center Jason Collins will be the first openly gay active athlete in the four major American professional sports when the Brooklyn Nets reportedly sign him to a 10-day contract today, according to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.
Carolyn Moos is the former Stanford and WNBA player who dated Jason Collins for eight years, only to have him call off their engagement without explanation one month before their 2009 wedding. Back in April, after Collins told the world he was gay, Moos said she had had no idea. She's now written a piece for Cosmopolitan
Robert Lipsyte's first column as ESPN's ombudsman dissected the squirmworthy Chris Broussard-LZ Granderson showdown when Jason Collins came out. It's just as ombudsy as you like it, 3,300 words of media-ethics spinach. Lipsyte swings his prose like a lead pipe when he sees a deserving target; his reserved tone here…
Worth your time: MSG Varsity has a thorough report on 35-year-old Anthony Nicodemo's decision to out himself as a gay man. Nicodemo is the basketball coach at Saunders, a high school in Yonkers, N.Y. He was inspired to come out after having met Jason Collins at a recent LGBT sports summit in Oregon.
NBA center Jason Collins wore a pretty cool shirt to Boston's gay pride parade today.
Reddit user shreaderman posted this photo of Jarron Collins, brother of Jason Collins, who came out last month. Being identical twins, he now gets mistaken for his more famous brother, which can be a hassle when trying to get through airport security, or when he just wants to go out without getting hit on. (Jarron is…
At the network's upfront today, ESPN president John Skipper acknowledged the gross stupidity of Chris Broussard's comments on Jason Collins's coming-out day, when the NBA reporter declared gayness an abomination unto the Lord. (No, really.) ESPN shouldn't have given Broussard that platform, Skipper said, and that's…
The Westboro Baptist Church's protest of last night's Rockets-Thunder game—in response to Jason Collins's coming-out, naturally—was sad and trivial, as the WBC's protests always are. Six picketers showed up. Many more were there to greet them.
Outside the Lines is supposed to be the safe haven from all the bullshit. Bob Ley likes to call the show the Switzerland of ESPN. It's the thinking man's sports program—Bristol's answer to NewsHour. Sonorous reporters intoning Serious News. An air of calm, cool reflection about the issues of the day. Even on Monday,…