5th May 2013
Jason Collins and Michelle Obama to appear at Democrat LGBT fundraiser 3
11:48 AM — The first lady of the United States will appear along the recently-out NBA star Jason Collins at an LGBT fundraiser later this month.
3rd May 2013
NFL player LeRoy Butler: As a role model, I can’t take back my congratulations to Jason Collins 11
2:29 PM — Former NFL player and Super Bowl Champion LeRoy Butler, who had an appearance at a Wisconsin church cancelled over a congratulatory tweet to recently out gay NBA payer Jason Collins, has said he would not take back the tweet because of kids looking up to him.
2nd May 2013
NFL player: I respect Jason Collins but ‘why does everybody have to announce their sexuality?’ 95
6:25 PM — An NFL player has spoken out to congratulate NBA star Jason Collins for coming out as gay, but has questioned why gay athletes felt the need to "flaunt" their sexuality.
Former NFL player: Unlike the NBA, ‘football isn’t ready’ for a gay player 10
6:07 PM — A former NFL player and Super Bowl MVP, has spoken out on the news that NBA star Jason Collins had come out as gay, and said that "football isn't ready", for openly gay players.
US: University basketball league ‘believes strongly in supporting equality’ 1
5:18 PM — A US University basketball conference has reiterated its support for equality, and has said it supports gay players who wish to come out and continue playing.
Gay NBA player Jason Collins received Twitter death threats after coming out 9
2:29 PM — The first openly gay player in a major US team sport, Jason Collins, who came out on Monday, has been subject to a tirade of abuse on the social networking site Twitter, including a number of death threats.
US: Church to picket basketball playoff games because ‘the NBA is full of fags’ 38
12:50 AM — The adamantly homophobic US Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), synonymous with its “God hates fags” slogan, is to picket two NBA playoff games, denouncing Jason Collins for coming out, and saying that "God hates the NBA" because it is "full of fags".
1st May 2013
Rush Limbaugh: Jason Collins news ‘rammed down people’s throats’ 40
6:44 PM — US conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is not happy at the outpouring of support given to gay basketball player Jason Collins.
Rapper A$AP Rocky: ‘I have respect for gay men who come out of the closet’
6:28 PM — Rap star A$AP Rocky has commented on gay men coming out, saying that he has "more respect" for artists such as Frank Ocean, and sportsmen like Jason Collins, who come out as gay.
US: Church cancels former NFL player’s speech over congratulatory tweet to Jason Collins 13
5:50 PM — A former NFL player and Super Bowl Champion, has had a speaking appearance cancelled by a church over a congratulatory tweet he sent to recently out NBA star, Jason Collins.
US: ESPN regrets ‘distraction’ of reporter’s ‘rebellion to God’ comments about Jason Collins 7
5:14 PM — US television network ESPN has responded to criticism arising from a reporter's recent claim that, in coming out as gay, NBA star Jason Collins was living an "open rebellion to God", to say that it became a "distraction".
Before coming out, Jason Collins wore ’98′ jersey in solidarity with gay community 1
2:31 PM — NBA star Jason Collins, who came out as gay this week, had been making a quiet statement of solidarity with the gay community, every time he stepped out onto the court.
Sky Sports News host accidentally calls FIFA President Sepp Blatter ‘queer’ 11
1:25 PM — A Sky Sports News presenter was left embarrassed when he accidentally referred to FIFA President Sepp Blatter as “queer”.
30th April 2013
NFL player Chris Kluwe on why he supports the gay community: ‘It’s the right thing to do’ 5
5:59 PM — NFL player and human rights campaigner Chris Kluwe has written an impassioned opinion piece in which he addresses the question of why, as a straight man, he supports the gay community.
Bryan Fischer: Jason Collins will be rejected by teammates for ‘eyeballing’ them in the shower 26
5:00 PM — US Christian radio host Bryan Fischer, has weighed in on media attention surrounding NBA star Jason Collins' coming out, to say that teammates, and teams would reject him because he would be "eyeballing" men in the shower.
Video: ESPN reporter says Jason Collins’ coming out is an ‘open rebellion to God’ 37
3:33 PM — A reporter on US television sports channel ESPN, has commented on the coming out of NBA star Jason Collins, to say that he thinks it is an "open rebellion to God", and that "lifestyle", is "a sin".
NBA player Jason Collins: ‘I hope other sports stars will follow my lead and come out’ 7
2:04 PM — In his first interview since coming out as gay, basketball player Jason Collins says he hopes other professional athletes will follow his lead.
John Amaechi: The NBA is light years ahead of British football when it comes to dealing with gay players 8
11:05 AM — British football still has a long way to go in accepting gay players, retired basketball star John Amaechi has said.
US: NFL player tweets homophobic message hours after first NBA player comes out as gay 26
12:30 AM — Just hours after the NBA's Jason Collins became first openly gay athlete in any major US team sport came out, a player from the NFL tweeted to say that he didn't understand why a male athlete would "wanna mess with other guys".
Michelle Obama to first gay US basketball player: ‘We’ve got your back’ 4
12:04 AM — First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, as well as thousands of others, have tweeted their support for Jason Collins, the professional basketball player who became the first openly gay athlete in any major US team sport.