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NBA 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?

Warren 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.”

Gary 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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