December 29, 2012 |
Early in Wade Davis' first NFL training camp, in 2000, a teammate with the Tennessee Titans approached the rookie defensive back with some helpful advice. If you want to make the team, he whispered, stay away from people who are "different" - a code word Davis instantly knew referred to players suspected of being gay. So that night Davis, who realized he was "different" during his sophomore year in high school, followed a group of teammates to a nearby strip club where he spent $1,500 to prove he was one of the guys.
April 29, 2013 |
NBA center Jason Collins made headline news Monday for revealing in Sports Illustrated that he's gay But who cares? I don't want to sound flip. I absolutely admire his courage. I just find it lamentable that in this day and age, Collins, who played for the Washington Wizards last season, is still the only active male athlete in a major professional sport who's come out . Worse, Collins worries about the reaction. When asked about how he thinks other players will respond to his sexual orientation, he says: “The simple answer is, I have no idea....
December 10, 2012 |
It was the worst free throw ever. Apologies to Appalachian State center Brian Okam. We know that sounds rather harsh. You could very well be a nice person. You might be a decent basketball player. You are definitely very tall. Hopefully you have a good sense of humor. Otherwise, you are probably pretty embarrassed by the video of your mind-boggling free throw attempt against Western Carolina University on Sunday that has been viewed nearly 3 million times on YouTube.
January 30, 1986 |
The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis (Simon & Schuster: $17.95) A fundamental problem plagues this book. At the "public," or external level, it manifests as a quirk of merchandising: the author, Wade Davis, is touted on the jacket copy as "a real life Indiana Jones" and as "a Harvard ethnobotanist who penetrated the dark world of Haitian Vodoun as no other outsider before." Davis' "mission" is funded by David Merrick, the Broadway producer (?!).
April 29, 2013 |
Jason Collins had long been keeping a secret. As a standout high school player at Harvard-Westlake School, as a star at Stanford and through a 12-year NBA career, he had hidden something fundamental about himself from his family, friends and teammates. On Monday Collins came out, becoming the first active male athlete in a major U.S. professional team sport to acknowledge he was gay. The reaction was swift. President Obama, who just last year gave his support for gay marriage, called Collins to say "he was impressed by his courage," according to a White House Twitter post.
February 9, 2014 |
Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from Missouri, could soon become the first openly gay NFL player, and he took to Twitter on Sunday night "to thank everybody for their support and encouragement. " Sam, the co-defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference, came out to his Missouri Tigers teammates in August but did not go public with his sexual orientation until interviews published Sunday by the New York Times and ESPN's "Outside the Lines. " "I didn't realize how many people actually knew, and I was afraid that someone would tell or leak something out about me," Sam told ESPN.