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Roy Hibbert reaches out to Jason Collins after ‘no homo’ drop

Roy HibbertRoy Hibbert must have been feeling the backlash for dropping a “no homo” comment during his postgame news conference on Saturday following the Indiana Pacers’ 91-77 win over the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, because he didn’t waste any time reaching out to Jason Collins over Twitter.

The Pacers center sent a tweet to Collins, a free agent center who recently became the first American athlete in a major team sport to come out as gay, likely so they could privately exchange messages about the subject. Here’s the tweet:

For many people, saying things like “that’s gay” or “no homo” is natural and casual, and they don’t realize that the phrases are offensive. But it looks like Hibbert is quickly realizing that some people find “no homo” offensive, and he’s going straight to a source to see the reaction.

Hibbert used poor judgment in saying “no homo”, but credit him for being willing to learn and adjust from his mistakes.

Here are his press conference comments, including him cussing at the media.

Jarron Collins announces he is straight with great T-shirt

Jarron Collins straight shirt

Jason Collins gained nationwide notoriety when he recently announced that he is gay. Collins went from being a relatively unknown professional basketball player to being pretty identifiable in a matter of weeks. Naturally, Collins’ fame has created a lot of confusion for his twin brother, Jarron, who is straight.

Late night television host Jimmy Kimmel decided to help solve that problem by giving Jarron a great T-shirt during the brothers’ interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday. Collins held up the shirt with a big smile and received laughs from Kimmel and his brother upon receiving the shirt at the end of the interview. He was even spotted wearing the shirt out in public. Jarron might have to continue wearing the shirt because he told Kimmel someone approached him at a urinal recently and asked if he was Jason.

In the interview with Kimmel, Jarron talked about when his brother broke the news to him about being gay. He said that he and his wife had been trying to set up Jason with women and totally missed all the “red flags” about the situation, such as Jason always finding a reason for why it didn’t work.

You can watch the full interview below:

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Carolyn Moos: Jason Collins’ announcement clears up a lot for me

Carolyn MoosOne of the more stunning aspects of Jason Collins’ announcement that he is gay is that he dated women and was engaged to be married for years. His ex-fiancee, Carolyn Moos, said on Tuesday that she never suspected he was gay. The two were together for eight years before Collins called off their wedding in 2009.

Even though the announcement likely stunned Moos, she said during an interview with “Amani & Eytan” on NBC Sports Radio that it helped clear up a lot for her.

“The biggest thing is not being aware of it or having something that is a little unexpected. It actually provided a lot of explanation for something that provided,” Moos told hosts Amani Toomer and Eytan Shander during the week.

Moos says Collins will be in her life forever and that she wants him to be happy because he is “an amazing person.”

“To hear that from him probably alleviated a portion of my confusion and my pain in 2009,” Moos told Toomer and Shander.

Moos says Collins was really good at pretending to be straight and projecting that image. She’s not mad at him for hiding something because she understands that he was struggling to understand himself.

Moos says the whole revelation has been difficult.

“This is probably the most challenging thing that I’ve ever gone through,” Moos admits.

“He’s a great person and he deserves to be happy as does any wonderful human being.”

Though the confusion in her personal life has been difficult, Moos says she is still looking to rewrite her “life script” and get married and have a family.

Moos is a certified personal trainer who also teaches yoga and is experienced with nutrition. You can learn more about her and her business at her website.

Former Packer Leroy Butler says he had church appearance canceled for congratulating Jason Collins

Leroy-Butler-PackersFormer Green Bay Packers safety Leroy Butler was one of many current and former athletes who complimented Jason Collins earlier this week after Collins made the decision to come out as gay. Unlike many others, Butler saw consequences for his support for Collins.

Butler is known for doing a lot of great work for charity and working with several churches in the Wisconsin area. He retired from the Packers in 2001 but has remained very active in the community. Butler’s message for Collins following his announcement on Monday was simple.

Apparently a simple congratulations was enough to irritate a local church in Wisconsin to the point where they canceled an appearance they had scheduled with him. He explained the situation in a series of tweets early Wednesday morning.

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Stephen Curry on having Jason Collins in locker room: ‘You’d have to think about it’

Jason CollinsJason Collins has received more support than criticism since he came out as openly gay on Monday, but there will still be a number of obstacles he will face going forward. During an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry commended Collins for having the “courage” to come out, but also touched on what could become a sticky subject.

While Curry was quick to note that he would never judge someone based on their sexual orientation, he did mention how there would have to be a discussion between Collins and his teammates about how his situation affects the locker room.

“You’d have to think about it, for sure,” Curry said. “Just because you haven’t really crossed that situation before and now it’s in the open. You want everybody to be on the same page about it in the locker room so that there aren’t any underlying problems. I think it’s a conversation that everybody can have.”

Patrick then asked Curry what would happen if the Warriors were to sign Collins next season.

“I think he’s confident enough now to sit in the locker room and have a conversation about if there’s any problems with any individual player … how to make everybody comfortable,” Curry added. “But also not to infringe on any of his rights as well. I don’t know how it would go because the conversation hasn’t happened yet.”

Curry makes a valid point. His opinion is nothing like the one Mike Wallace shared yesterday and he’s not saying the team should hang a sign that reads “no gays allowed” outside its locker room. There should be no elephant in the room. Just as Collins should be free to express himself and feel comfortable with who he is, other players should be able to voice their concerns in a constructive manner.

Jason Collins’ ex-fiancee Carolyn Moos: I never suspected he was gay

Carolyn-Moos-Jason-CollinsOne of the most fascinating aspects of the Jason Collins story is that he has had girlfriends throughout his entire life and was once engaged to be married. Former Stanford and WNBA star Carolyn Moos, who dated Collins for eight years and eventually became his fiancee, found out just last weekend that the NBA veteran is gay. She was shocked.

Collins was engaged to Moos until 2009, when he decided to call off their wedding. Moos told TMZ on Tuesday that she never was suspected he was gay, but he told her last weekend that his homosexuality was the reason he called off their relationship.

“It’s very emotional for me as a woman to have invested 8 years in my dream to have a husband, soul mate, and best friend in him,” Moos explained. “So this is all hard to understand. I care about [Jason] tremendously and only want the best for him. I want Jason to be happy for a lifetime and stay true to who he really is, inside and out.”

Moos added that Collins gave her a bunch of “BS reasons” for why he decided to break up with her back in 2009, so I’m sure in a sense she is relieved. It’s impossible to imagine how difficult it must have been for Collins to not only maintain a romantic relationship with a woman, but also to have to call it off and feel inclined to hide the real reason why. For more on his amazing story, click here.

Jason Collins was high school teammates with actor Jason Segel (Picture)

Jason-Collins-Jason-Segel-high-school

The life of veteran NBA center Jason Collins is a lot more interesting now than it was last year, with the 34-year-old becoming the first ever openly gay athlete to play in the four major American team sports on Monday. When you also consider the fact that Collins played high school basketball with actor Jason Segel, he may even start to give the Dos Equis guy a run for his money.

SI.com’s Extra Mustard did a little digging and discovered that Segel was teammates with Jason and Jarron Collins at Harvard-Westlake School, where they won back-to-back state championships together in 1996 and 1997. As you might expect, it sounds like Segel was hilarious back then, too.

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