3rd June 2013
NBA’s Roy Hibbert fined $75,000 for homophobic slur and swearing
2:26 PM — Professional basketball player Roy Hibberts has been fined $75,000 (£49,173) by the National Basketball Association for swearing and using homophobic language in a press conference.
2nd June 2013
NBA player Roy Hibbert apologises after using homophobic slur 7
8:01 PM — Professional basketball player Roy Hibbert has apologised for swearing and using homophobic language in an interview, saying the remarks were "not a reflection of my personal views".
29th May 2013
US: First college men’s basketball player to come out: ‘You’ve got to be comfortable with who you are’ 5
2:08 AM — Following the lead of other professional athletes to come out and continue playing in a US professional team sport, a Kansas college men's basketball player, appears to have become the first to come out during a college career, and said: "If you are comfortable with yourself, you can do anything."
21st May 2013
Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins honoured with courage award
12:52 PM — Jason Collins, the NBA star who came out as gay earlier this month to a huge amount of media attention, and became the first openly gay player in a US major team sport, has received a courage award from leading gay-straight alliance organisation GLSEN.
20th May 2013
Brittney Griner: University basketball coach told me not to come out 1
5:42 PM — Recently out, openly lesbian US basketball star Brittney Griner, has spoken out to say that her college basketball coaches asked her not to come out, in case it damaged the reputation of the team for prospective recruits.
16th May 2013
US columnist: Homosexuality ‘has destroyed every civilisation it has touched’ 39
6:17 PM — Christian Post contributor Ken Hutcherson has attacked another contributor to the site for commending Jason Collins for coming out as gay, saying that homosexuality "has destroyed every civilisation it has touched", as well as "the family", and "the soul".
US: Basketball star Jason Collins’ twin says he missed ‘red flags’ signalling that his brother is gay 2
4:14 PM — Appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, recently out gay NBA star Jason Collins and his twin brother Jarron, discussed their brotherly relationship, the latter joking that he missed "red flags" which suggested Jason was gay.
10th May 2013
US: Jason Collins to receive courage award from LGBT organisation 2
1:59 PM — Jason Collins, the NBA star who came out as gay last week, to a huge amount of media attention, and became the first openly gay player in a US major team sport, is to receive a courage award from a leading gay-straight alliance organisation.
9th May 2013
Poll: Over two thirds of Americans support Jason Collins’ decision to come out
1:15 PM — A new poll has revealed that over two thirds of Americans support NBA star Jason Collins' decision to come out as gay last week.
US college football star: Why can’t I be on the winning team, as well as being openly gay? 6
3:01 AM — A former University of Richmond American football star has come out as gay, asking why he can't be a successful, professional athlete, as well as being open about his sexuality.
6th May 2013
US: Jason Collins and Michelle Obama to headline Democratic LGBT gala
10:38 PM — US First Lady Michelle Obama, and recently out openly gay NBA player Jason Collins, are to headline a gala held by the Democratic Party.
Jason Collins to Oprah Winfrey: I had ‘so much angst’ about coming out as gay 1
5:38 PM — NBA star Jason Collins, who last week came out as gay, and became the first active player in a major US team sport to come out as gay, has spoken to Oprah Winfrey about the "angst" he had about taking the steps to coming out, but has said he is glad he did it.
Rapper Lil Wayne: Jason Collins coming out ‘is opening a lot of doors’ for gay sports people
3:14 PM — Rap star Lil Wayne, has become the latest hip-hop musician to speak out in favour of NBA star Jason Collins, who came out as gay last week, saying that the massive support he received showed that "it's a fair world out there".
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.
2nd May 2013
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
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".