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May 1, 2013 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - With the simplest of sentences, NBA veteran Jason Collins set aside years of worry and silence to become the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. In a first-person article posted yesterday on Sports Illustrated's website, Collins begins: "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay. " Collins has played for six teams in 12 seasons, most recently as a reserve with the Washington Wizards after a midseason trade from the Boston Celtics.
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May 1, 2013
Support, Cheers, Respect, and a Bit of Trash Talk "If you have learned anything from Jackie Robinson, it is that teammates are always the first to accept. It will be society who has to learn tolerance. " - Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue. " - NBA commissioner David Stern. "Hopefully he can pave the way for other gay men in sports to be able to live free.
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May 1, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Jason Collins' historic revelation Monday suggested a knack for diplomacy, it's probably not surprising given the identity of the recruiter who nearly two decades ago persuaded him and twin brother Jarron to attend Stanford. According to Lewis Katz, who owned the New Jersey Nets when they drafted Collins out of Stanford in 2001, it was a future secretary of state who drew the towering twins to Palo Alto, Calif. "They were high school phenomena. Both 7-footers," said Katz, the co-managing partner and director of Interstate General Media, which owns The Inquirer.
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May 1, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Rep. Brian K. Sims, a Philadelphia Democrat, was cocaptain of the Bloomsburg University football team in 2000 when he confirmed to his teammates that he was gay. They didn't mind. It was not until 2009 that Sims told that story to the world in an interview with Outsports.com. He already was a gay-rights advocate in Philadelphia, but the football revelation was a sensation. "I still hear from people all over the world every day because of the article," said Sims, who last year became the first openly gay candidate to win a Pennsylvania legislative race.
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May 1, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
REVIEW the tweeters and the commenters and you will realize just how unremarkable Jason Collins' declaration is. Collins will appear on the May 6 cover of Sports Illustrated , the subject of a first-person piece in which he announces his homosexuality. He presents himself as the first active male professional athlete to come out. Unless you are a severe hoops junkie, you probably do not know who Jason Collins is. Unless you are severely socially retarded, you probably do not care he is gay. For decades, the United States, home of a sports mania that has eclipsed all other forms of entertainment and information, has wondered what sort of social earthquake would erupt when a superjock acknowledged his sexual orientation was not hyper-hetero.
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April 30, 2013 | By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - With the simplest of sentences, NBA veteran Jason Collins set aside years of worry and silence to become the first active player in one of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. In a first-person article posted Monday on Sports Illustrated's website, Collins begins: "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay. " Collins has played for six teams in 12 seasons, most recently as a reserve with the Washington Wizards after a midseason trade from the Boston Celtics.
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May 3, 2013
THE CARTOON that was widely disseminated this week depicting Jackie Robinson hugging Jason Collins completely distorts the significance of Robinson's legacy and Collins' act. We're all aware of the social juggernaut that is the gay-rights movement. Anyone who refuses to stand up (or come out) and support same-sex marriage, public funding for gender-reassignment operations, punitive actions against the Boy Scouts and the inclusion of gay-friendly provisions in immigration legislation is a bigot.
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August 14, 1996 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rarely, if ever, had the pain of a serious injury to a college football player been felt so sharply by so many people. Most of the gifted Collins family of Cinnaminson, including Frances and Charles and darn near the entire roster of their 19 children, was at Giants Stadium the night of Sept. 23, 1995, when Penn State strong safety Jason Collins went down in a heap, his lower left leg bent at an unsightly angle after the seventh play from scrimmage against Rutgers. Jason looked at the damage, knew his season was over, and told himself, "It's going to be a long road back.
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September 12, 1996 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
When the 1998 Penn State Nittany Lions take the field, there will be a giant void, something missing that has seemed, at times, to be the very essence of Penn State football. No, Joe Paterno is not retiring, not now, not then, maybe not ever. There will not be, for the first time in a dozen years, a member of the Collins family from Cinnaminson, N.J., on that Penn State team. And that will take some getting used to. Andre Collins came to Penn State in the mid-1980s, the first of five Collins brothers to play for JoePa.
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December 1, 1991 | By Rich Fisher, Special to The Inquirer
After a week of not practicing, it took Jason Collins just one half of a football game to work out the kinks. In the second half, the senior running back showcased his talents, sparking Cinnaminson to a 34-8 victory over Clearview yesterday in a South Jersey Group 2 semifinal game. The Pirates will meet Hammonton (a 38-8 winner over Collingswood yesterday) in the championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cinnaminson. It was the first football playoff win in the school's history and Collins had much to do with it by rushing for 141 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.
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May 27, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, For the Daily News
THE DESCRIPTION is perfect, given the occasion. Longtime journalist Franz Lidz likens his childhood friend Arn Tellem, the iconic sports agent, to a traditional Jewish dish. "What separates him from others is he's kind of a gefilte fish in a sea of sharks," Lidz says. Tellem and Lidz, friends since the age of 9 at Belmont Hills Elementary School in Bala Cynwyd, are among seven notables who will be inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday at the Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St. Tellem, who graduated from Haverford College in 1976 and Michigan Law School in 1979, has a client list that includes Chase Utley and Yu Darvish in baseball and Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook in basketball.
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July 22, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
IS TONY DUNGY a hypocrite? You make the call. The former NFL coach turned mentor told the Tampa Tribune that he would not have taken defensive end Michael Sam in the 2014 draft because he wouldn't want to deal with all the drama the first openly gay NFL player is likely to bring to a team. Sam was drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams. A lot of so-called experts think he fell so far because he announced he was gay only 3 months before the draft. "I wouldn't have taken him," Dungy said.
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February 11, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
LAST NIGHT, as we drowsily monitored tape-delayed ski-jumping and figure-skating highlights from Sochi, suddenly, there it was. "I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: I'm a college graduate. I'm African American, and I'm gay," the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year, so voted by the Associated Press , told ESPN. "I'm comfortable in my skin. " Sam, who also gave an interview to the New York Times , revealed he had told his Missouri football teammates he was gay before the 2013 season began.
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June 4, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
PACERS CENTER Roy Hibbert apologized yesterday for using profanity and a gay slur after Saturday's Eastern Conference finals win over the Heat. After the game, which forced tonight's Game 7 in Miami, Hibbert was asked why he finished 10th in Defensive Player of the Year Voting. "I mean, you know what? Cuz y'all [incestuous expletives] don't watch us play throughout the year, to tell you the truth," Hibbert said. "Alright? So that's fine, you know. I'm going to be real with you, and I don't care if I get fined.
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May 9, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
SO MUCH FOR that notion of the Miami Heat being in trouble. Sure, they've lost homecourt advantage in these Eastern Conference semifinals. But an absolute domination of the visiting Chicago Bulls last night made the reigning NBA champions look like the clear-cut team to beat in this title race once again. "We're still in the hole," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, whose team will need to win at least one game in Chicago if it's going to prevail in this series. But given how one-sided last night's game was, that wouldn't seem like too tall a challenge.
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May 8, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
CARMELO ANTHONY scored 32 points, 16 during a 30-2 New York onslaught in the second half, as the Knicks beat the visiting Indiana Pacers, 105-79, last night to even their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece. Iman Shumpert added 15 points and Raymond Felton scored 14 as the Knicks turned a close game into a blowout over the final 15 minutes. Paul George scored 20 points for the Pacers, who had a two-point lead and momentum when coach Frank Vogel called timeout with a little more than 3 minutes left in the third quarter.
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May 7, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
NATE ROBINSON scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 14 rebounds while playing every second for the third straight game, and the visiting Chicago Bulls stunned the Miami Heat, 93-86, last night to take Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Trailing 86-83 with 2 minutes left, the Bulls scored the final 10 points of the game to beat the Heat once again. Joakim Noah added 13 points, Taj Gibson had 12 and Marco Belinelli added 10 for Chicago, which snapped a 27-game Miami winning streak during the regular season, and handed the Heat its first loss in its last 13 games in this one. LeBron James scored 24 points for Miami, which got 14 from Dwyane Wade.
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May 3, 2013
Surprise ruling in al-Qaeda case CHICAGO - In a rare move for terror cases, a federal judge agreed Thursday to release on home confinement an Illinois teenager charged with seeking to travel abroad and join an al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, 18, of Aurora, was arrested at O'Hare Airport last month as he allegedly prepared for the first leg of a trip to join al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusrah, which is fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. In arguing for continued detention, prosecutors also noted that Tounisi had allegedly spoken with a friend last year about bombing targets in Chicago.
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May 3, 2013
THE CARTOON that was widely disseminated this week depicting Jackie Robinson hugging Jason Collins completely distorts the significance of Robinson's legacy and Collins' act. We're all aware of the social juggernaut that is the gay-rights movement. Anyone who refuses to stand up (or come out) and support same-sex marriage, public funding for gender-reassignment operations, punitive actions against the Boy Scouts and the inclusion of gay-friendly provisions in immigration legislation is a bigot.
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May 2, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Spend enough time around elite athletes and you come to realize something that you'd otherwise miss. While many wrongly assume they are all mostly narcissistic, self-centered, intolerant and out of touch, I've always felt that they have, in some regards, a better perspective on some things than the fans who complain about the salaries they help to pay. Athletes operate in a world where many of the picayune barriers we erect - racism, sexism and...
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