Says it all.
LeBron James, left, of the Miami Heat was guarded by Jimmy Butler, right, of the Chicago Bulls during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on Wednesday in Miami. The Heat won 94-91. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images via The Wall Street Journal)
(Source: The Wall Street Journal)
On May 4th and May 5th the Toledo Mud Hens, a minor league baseball team, will:
May the dorks be with them.
Tweets of support pour out for NBA center Jason Collins.
“The strain of hiding my sexuality became almost unbearable in March, when the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for and against same-sex marriage. Less then three miles from my apartment, nine jurists argued about my happiness and my future. Here was my chance to be heard, and I couldn’t say a thing. I didn’t want to answer questions and draw attention to myself. Not while I was still playing.
“I’m glad I’m coming out in 2013 rather than 2003. The climate has shifted; public opinion has shifted. And yet we still have so much farther to go. Everyone is terrified of the unknown, but most of us don’t want to return to a time when minorities were openly discriminated against. I’m impressed with the straight pro athletes who have spoken up so far — Chris Kluwe, Brendon Ayanbadejo.
“The more people who speak out, the better, gay or straight. It starts with President Obama’s mentioning the 1969 Stonewall riots, which launched the gay rights movement, during his second inaugural address. And it extends to the grade-school teacher who encourages her students to accept the things that make us different.
“…I’m glad I can stop hiding and refocus on my 13th NBA season. I’ve been running through the Santa Monica Mountains in a 30-pound vest with Shadow, the German shepherd I got from Mike Miller. In the pros, the older you get, the better shape you must be in. Next season a few more eyeballs are likely to be on me. That only motivates me to work harder.
“Some people insist they’ve never met a gay person. But Three Degrees of Jason Collins dictates that no NBA player can claim that anymore. Pro basketball is a family. And pretty much every family I know has a brother, sister or cousin who’s gay. In the brotherhood of the NBA, I just happen to be the one who’s out.”
Setting up for the NFL Draft at Radio City tonight and it’s ruining my morning commute.
Boston Red Sox hitter DAVID ORTIZ, in a pre-game speech to a sold-out Fenway Park on April 20th; it was the first pro sports game following the terrorist bombings a week earlier.
The remark, broadcast live on television and radio, will (apparently) not be sanctioned by the FCC, whose chair, Julius Genakowski, Tweeted support for the Boston slugger: “David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today’s Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston — Julius.”
Baseball is back at Fenway.
UNITED STATE Tonight, the Boston Bruins hosted the Buffalo Sabres in the city’s first professional sporting match since the marathon bombings, and the fans joined together in a stirring, defiant rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Not everyone sang along — some Yankee fans appeared quite confused as to what they should do once
Barry Manilow Neil Diamond started playing on the PA system — but many of them did sing “Sweet Caroline,” with glee.