“It bothers me when I hear these reporters and jocks get on TV and say: ‘Oh, no guy can come out in a team sport. These guys would go crazy.’ First of all, quit telling me what I think. I’d rather have a gay guy who can play than a straight guy who can’t play.”
— NBA Hall of Famer and now sports analyst Charles Barkley (Washington Post, May 17)
“I was like, ‘Oh, my God, girls are so pretty and soft. No stubble burn! What am I doing with guys?’ I haven’t dipped back since, but I was very appreciative of the experience.”
— Actress Rashida Jones on kissing Zooey Deschanel in the upcoming film “Our Idiot Brother,” which she says was her first lesbian kiss both on screen and off. (The Advocate, June-July 2011)
Chicago Bulls Center Joakim Noah was fined $50,000 by the National Basketball Association for his use of an anti-gay slur during a playoff game on May 22, according to the Associated Press.
Noah, who was responding to fan heckling, appeared to use the same slur that cost Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant $100,000 in fines less than a month ago.
Noah apologized immediately after the game:
Chicago Bulls Center Joakim Noah apologized after last night's NBA playoff game for appearing to direct an anti-gay slur toward a fan during the game's first quarter.
The Miami Heat played host to the Bulls in the third game of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
Noah owned up to the choice of words, saying immediately after the game that he was sorry for using the slur: “A fan said something, and I said something back. I apologized. I don't know what's going to happen. I got caught up. I didn't mean any disrespect to anybody.”
Despite the fact he's widely regarded as one of the best players currently playing in the National Basketball Association, Los Angeles Lakers Forward Kobe Bryant has hardly been a role model for personal behavior.
Last night during a game against the San Antonio Spurs, Bryant received a technical foul during the third quarter and was not too pleased with the call. He took his frustrations out on his chair and a moment later the game's referee, shouting what appears to be “fucking faggot” at the official after finding his place on the bench.
Granted, you can't really hear what Bryant shouts in the video, but even an amateur lip reader can easily make out what he appears to say.
The Atlanta Dream is busy preparing for the upcoming 2011 season that kicks off in early June. But today, the city's professional women's basketball team is in the thick of the 2011 WNBA Draft.
It doesn't look like phenom Maya Moore will be available by the time the Dream takes its first pick. Atlanta has the eighth overall selection.
The WNBA is hosting a live chat session on its homepage, as well.
It was a disappointing end to a great season for the Atlanta Dream after claiming their first-ever Eastern Conference Championship.
The Dream lost game three of the best-of-five series in Atlanta last night after starting the first two games in Seattle. The Seattle Storm completed the series sweep and claimed their second championship by winning game three 87 - 84.
In the end, the Storm’s Lauren Jackson, named the Finals MVP, was too much for the Dream to handle. Jackson, Seattle’s center, put up impressive numbers in points, rebounds and blocks throughout the series. Seattle maintained a perfect record throughout the 2010 playoffs.