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2NBA Star Jason Collins Comes Out; Basketball Players Tweet Their Reactions

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Jason Collins, NBA player since 2001, came out as gay. I don’t know anything about sports, like, at all, but I know that it’s a big deal for an athlete to come out. TMZ says that this makes him, “the first major active American male pro athlete to come out of the closet.”

Mr. Collins spoke to Sports Illustrated. Here’s what he had to say (via TMZ):

I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.

I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation.

I’m glad I can stop hiding and refocus on my 13th NBA season.

Kobe Bryant (ugh) and Ex Mr. Eva Longoria (that’s how we know him here in the celeb gossip world, tbh) Tony Parker tweeted their messages of support and congratulations. From Bryant:

Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others.

You know Bryant was the first to tweet something supportive after his incredibly stupid homophobic statement in 2011.

And from Mr. Parker:

Really hope people will RESPECT Jason Collins for his decision to come out. Just glad he can now relax and not be afraid to be who he is.

NFL player Mike Wallace (Miami Dolphins) tweeted a less than supportive reaction:

All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH (shakin’ my head) …

Jesus Christ, dude. Wallace retracted the tweet and then tweeted this explanation:

Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don’t understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended.

I kind of understand now where he’s coming from. He’s not a jerk, he’s just clueless. I guess?

April 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives

4Warren Sapp Arrested for Domestic Battery

Former NFL defensive tackle and Dancing with the Stars finalist Warren Sapp was arrested on Saturday and charged with domestic battery after police were called to Miami Beach’s Shore Club hotel.

Sapp’s girlfriend of 2 years alleges that he choked her and pushed her down after the two got into a heated argument about her hanging out with other men. Sapp’s version of the story is that he was “helping her off the couch when she fell backward and hurt her leg.” Yeeeeeaaaaaahhhh. Riiiiiiiight.

The scuffle supposedly took place at around midnight but police weren’t called until 5am. Afterwards, the girlfriend was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center and treated for a swollen knee and bruising on her neck.

Sapp’s explanation sounds pretty fishy, and it’s difficult to argue with the bruises on her neck. But I’m still skeptical, perhaps because I have this nagging feeling that we’ve been through this all before.

At any rate, Sapp’s employers aren’t taking any chances. He was in Miami to cover Super Bowl XLIV for the NFL network, but has been “relieved him from his weekend duties as an on-air correspondent.”

February 7, 2010 at 10:20 am by Kelly

10Gary Coleman Arrested for Domestic Assault

Gary Coleman doesn’t have much luck with the ladies– not because he’s short, but because he likes to punch them. Ladies usually don’t like that.

Back in 1998, he was arrested and charged with assault after punching a woman. In 2007, he was cited for disorderly conduct after getting into a heated public argument with an unidentified female acquaintance. And earlier this year, he and now ex-wife Shannon Price were arrested for disorderly conduct after the two got into a “discussion” that resulted in Price also being charged with domestic assault.

Now, the size 4 shoe’s on the other foot, and Coleman is the one who’s getting pinched for assault of the domestic variety.

Coleman was arrested yesterday in Sanquin, Utah on domestic assault charges.  Bail was set at $1,725, or $100 for every inch of Gary Coleman. You might think that joke is below the belt. But since it’s Gary Coleman’s belt we’re talking about here, it’s actually below the knee. Get it right.

The identity of the victim has not been released, but it very likely could have been his ex-wife, Price.

I’m not sure from whence Coleman’s anger towards the ladies originates, but I have a sneaking suspicion it might stem from deep-seated issues of inadequacy; again, not because of his height– but because of six time Stanley Cup winner Mark Messier’s penis.

See the picture after the jump (if you dare) for an explanation.

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January 24, 2010 at 6:57 pm by Kelly
Filed Under: Gary Coleman, Sports

21Tiger Woods Releases Statement

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After canceling an interview with the Florida Highway Patrol that was scheduled for today, Woods released a statement on his website, Tigerwoods.com, that didn’t do anything to clear up the sketchy circumstances surrounding his mysterious car crash early Friday morning, but basically told everyone to butt the hell out of his biznass.

As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I’m pretty sore.

This situation is my fault, and it’s obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I’m human and I’m not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn’t happen again.

This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.

The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false.

This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be.

And he’s absolutely right. There’s nothing unusual about one of Tiger Wood’s drives ending up in some trees. (ba-dum-ching!)

Seriously though, I didn’t know you could just cancel an interview with law enforcement. To  me, those repeated cancellations just reek of “I’m waiting for some kind of substance to clear out of my blood stream’  because he’s already lawyered up.

My personal theory is that there were drugs involved that rendered him unconscious before the crash and actually caused the collision. He was unconscious and mumbling when authorities arrived, but the airbags in his vehicle never deployed- meaning that the collision shouldn’t have been hard enough to knock him out.

November 29, 2009 at 11:27 am by Kelly
Filed Under: Sports, Tiger Woods

53Is Sammy Sosa Lightening His Skin?

Is Sammy Sosa Lightening His Skin?

Former Major League Baseball player Sammy Sosa might be pulling a Michael Jackson and intentionally lightening his skin. The photograph above shows Sosa at a red carpet event in October of 2003 on the left, and at a similar red carpet event on November 4th of this year on the right.

At first, Sosa denied that he was lightening his skin, and blamed the paleness on both the photographer’s bright flash bulbs and a cream he was using for a “skin condition.” Now, he’s admitted that he uses a cream to “soften his skin” that also just happens to also make it lighter.

Sosa appeared on a Univision program and shed light on his lightened skin:

“I’m doing well, doing well, thanks to God. A little surprised by the tsunami of attention,” Sosa said in a Spanish interview with Univision reporter Tony Dandrades Tuesday. “”It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin some.”

“I use a cream to keep my skin smooth and soft. I apply it before I go to bed. When I was playing for Chicago all those years, I was in the sun a lot for 1 o’clock games,” Sosa initially said. “The flashes (from the cameras) also made my skin look lighter. I’m surprised with the controversy this has caused.”

Sosa, who also wears colored contacts said he uses the cream as a moisturizer and is in discussions to market it.

And you know, who hasn’t used a moisturizer that also made their face several shades whiter? Sosa refuses to give the name of the skin scream, but I think we can all believe that he’s telling the truth. It’s not as if he has a history of telling big old fat lies, white or otherwise.

I’ve got some pics of Sosa in the gallery below that range in age from 1999 to present and it looks like the before & after chart on a box of Crest White strips.

November 15, 2009 at 3:54 pm by Kelly
Filed Under: Sports

8Some Famous People Reproduced

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People like to know when celebrities have babies. Maybe they’re genuinely interested in the birth of a new life. Or maybe they just want to know who’s had a kid so they’re prepared to mercilessly criticize their parenting when 5 years later someone fucks up and gives the kid an espresso. It’s like a preview of coming attractions.

The products of three sets famous zygotes splitting and reproducing exited the womb recently and were announced yesterday.

Former Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller vaulted a 7 lb baby boy, John Rocco Falconeti, out of the old uter-shoot on October 28th. The baby had good form on the dismount but couldn’t stick the landing.

Colin Farrell and his girlfriend (who can now officially be called his “baby mama”) welcomed a son, Henry Tadeusz Farrell on October 7th. This is the second kid (and the second baby mama) for Farrell, who doesn’t like to knock up the same vagina twice.

Finally, former Mets catcher Mike Piazza and his wife welcomed their second baby girl, Paulina Sophia Piazza, into the world on… August 3rd? Celebs are getting really adept at hiding their kids’ births from the media. (Either that, or no one gives a crap about Mike Piazza.) I picture Piazza squatting in front of his wife’s vagina in full gear, ready to throw the mask off if it’s a pop-up foul, but that’s just me. More likely, the doctor just pointed him at her splitting perineum and made some horrible joke about this being “the most important catch of his life.”

October 31, 2009 at 10:01 am by Kelly
Filed Under: Colin Farrell, Sports