2nd May 2013
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".
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.
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.
Obama: ‘I couldn’t be prouder of NBA player Jason Collins’ decision to come out as gay’ 19
5:56 PM — President Obama says he told basketball player Jason Collins that he "couldn't be prouder of him" for coming out as gay while playing in a major US sports league.
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.
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.
29th April 2013
Bill Clinton congratulates NBA star Jason Collins for coming out and says ‘it’s an important moment for sport’ 1
5:34 PM — Bill Clinton has praised Jason Collins for going public about his sexuality, becoming the first NBA player to come out as gay and continue their career.
Jason Collins becomes NBA’s first gay player to come out and continue playing 23
4:39 PM — American basketball star Jason Collins has become the first openly gay athlete in one of the big-four American team sports to come out as an active player.
14th April 2013
Gay former NBA chief: The first openly gay US athlete will be amazed at opportunities given to them 4
9:14 PM — The former executive of a National Basketball Association (NBA) team has said that the first professional sports player to come out in the US will benefit rather than suffer,potentially earning millions in endorsements for being openly gay in the field.
12th April 2013
US: National Hockey League announces formal partnership with anti-homophobia organisation 4
2:23 AM — The National Hockey League has become the first major professional team sport in the US to announce a formal partnership with You Can Play, an advocacy group aiming to reduce homophobia.
4th April 2013
Fired US basketball coach: There was ‘no excuse’ for my physical violence and anti-gay abuse 20
1:20 PM — A New Jersey basketball coach has delivered a highly emotional apology after he was sacked for subjecting his players to physical and homophobic abuse.
19th February 2013
Video, NBA star: ‘No one can tell me I can’t have two mothers, because I really do’ 3
1:49 PM — An American NBA star has recorded a video introducing his two mothers, and in it he says "Nobody can ever tell me that I can't have two mothers, because I really do."
12th February 2013
US: Basketball player Kobe Bryant chastises Twitter fan for using ‘gay’ as an insult 8
1:55 AM — A US basketball player has been commended for voicing his disapproval at a fan's use of the word "gay" as an insult.