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Jason Collins, NBA’s first openly gay player, has risen into the spotlight as his No. 98 jersey flies off the racks! Some are singing songs of praise for Collins’ new found popularity. Others say he’s using his “gay card” for profit. But both sides must agree that NBA’s new move to donate No. 98′s proceeds is nothing but noble.
The NBA is giving away at least $100,000 of the proceeds of their top seller to the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which was formed in memory of Matthew Wayne Shepard who was brutally murdered in 1998 during a notorious hate crime. The latter nonprofit organization is fitting as Collins selected No. 98 for his jersey to pay homage to Shepard.
After Thursday night’s game with the Denver Nuggets, Collins met with the Shepard family — the mother, father, and brother — and gave ‘em a signed No.98 jersey, according to ESPN.
The basketball league also plans to auction off Collins’ game-worn, autographed jerseys for the two selected nonprofits.
“It’s cool to see that people are going out there and buying the jersey and, you know, wearing it with pride. So I hope that continues, and you know I’ll keep wearing the jersey and keep going out there and trying to, you know, do my job,” he told CNN.
Collins also expressed his gratitude for the NBA’s gift. ““I’m thrilled to work with the league to support two fantastic organizations, both of which work tirelessly to ensure LGBT youth get the resources and assistance they need to be successful in life,” Collins said.
Collins, a 12-year veteran, has played for Memphis, Atlanta, New Jersey, Boston, Minnesota, and Washington. He was a free agent when he came out about his sexuality last April. “He remained unsigned until the Nets inked him to a 10-day contract Sunday,” Business Insider reports.
Tonight, see Collins in action as he plays against the Chicago Bulls at 7:30 pm EST!
The ink isn’t even dry on Jason Collins’ new contract with the Brooklyn Nets, but his jersey is selling like there’s no tomorrow. No. 98, to be worn by Collins, the first openly gay, active player in the United States’ four big sports leagues, is the hottest selling jersey on the market. This makes Collins the NBA’s most popular player by jersey sales, reports CNN. Collins says he selected 98 in honor of Matthew Shepard, the gay University of Wyoming student murdered in 1998.
While some are excited by the news, others suggest Collins “was profiting because he is gay….Some questioned why Collins was being held out as an icon while, in their view, athletes who publicly profess their Christianity are criticized,” reports CNN. Those complaining point out that Collins is not considered a star player by any means.
Collins, 35, has had a varied career–having played for New Jersey, Memphis, Minnesota, Atlanta, Boston and Washington during is 12 years as an NBA player. Collins’ contract with the Brooklyn Nets is just for 10 days, though it is speculated he will be signed on for the remained of the season.
“Jason Collins’ return to the league represents a historic moment, and fans continue to show their support by (buying) Jason’s jersey,” said Picca.
According to NBA Senior Vice President Vicky Picca, Collins’ No. 98 Brooklyn Nets uniform is the top-seller on NBA.com, beating out LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin.
From The Grio
The Oprah Winfrey Network’s new series Mom’s Got Game, explores the relationship between former WNBA star Pam McGee, and her 25-year-old son, Denver Nuggets center, JaVale McGee.
Pam is not only JaVale’s mother, but also his business manager, overseeing his four-year, $44 million dollar NBA contract.
Meanwhile Pam is managing her own life, attempting to get back into the dating game.
In an interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, Pam recalled her son recently lavishing her with the surprise gift of new Porsche.
“He’s just a generous good soul and a good spirit, and he wants to surprise his mother because he’s so thankful for the sacrifices that I’ve made, but most the times he buys me gifts and I take them back.”
“I’m basically his balance,” Pam said. “Because when your twenty five, you don’t know what you don’t know until you know. It’s no way that a 20-year-old can know what to do with millions of dollars. I let him know, ‘you a signed a contract for $44 million but don’t you forget my mother cleaned toilets for $1.25 an hour, so let’s not get it twisted.’”
Read more on Mom Got Game on TheGrio.com
The mobile wars are fierce and Samsung is doing surprisingly well in sales due to cheap smartphones and high-demand memory chips. But Samsung isn’t stopping there. In attempt to slay their competition, Samsung is teaming up with the NBA to bring their technology to their forefront, The Wall Street Journal reports.
You know those monitors NBA referees use to review close calls in games? Those screens, along with other courtside tablets and TVs, will all be provided by Samsung as a result of a three-year $100 million deal. “The three-year deal will instantly make Samsung one of the most visible companies during NBA games, while bringing the basketball league into closer partnership with the electronics giant, which is the world’s largest seller of smartphones and flat-panel televisions,” The Wall Street Journal reports.
This is not the first time that Samsung has eyed the NBA to generate greater appeal for their products. Lebron James, a Miami Heat player, was handpicked for an endorsement deal to present the Samsung’s Galaxy Note II. Validating his clout as a marketable basketball figure, his commercial on YouTube pulled in more than 40 millions views. “The advertisement shows the league’s top player and two-time defending NBA champion playing with the Samsung device as he gets his hair cut and heads to a basketball game,” The Wall Street Journal says.
Samsung also snatched the second wealthiest rapper in America, Jay-Z, for a three-minute commercial during an NBA Final game four months ago. As part of the deal, Samsung also purchased one million copies of his album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” and made it available to its users for free. In turn, Jay Z was able to label his latest project as “platinum.”
This is a much-needed approach for Samsung to combat its bloodthirsty rivals in a heavily competitive technology market. Samsung is gearing up to release the Galaxy S5 as early as February of next year.
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It’s been a tough couple of months for Khloe Kardashian. After four years of marriage to Lamar Odom (their anniversary was last Friday and they didn’t spend it together), it seems that the couple are slowly but surely going their separate ways. Odom has been caught in a whirlwind of accusations about the state of his life, including whether or not he’s been cheating on Khloe, or if he’s just been spending his free time (since he’s a free agent in the NBA) doing drugs. The youngest Kardashian sister hasn’t spoken about the rumors and issues she has going on with her marriage aside from a few angry Tweets, but during a Facebook chat with her fans, she thanked them for their support during an obviously tough time.
The 29-year-old held a chat with her Facebook followers yesterday, and though it was brief, it received thousands of comments from her fans and supporters. According to Us Weekly, about 12 of those who took part actually received a response from Khloe. One fan showed her a lot of love for being strong during her struggles with her estranged husband and they were one of the few to get some love back.
“I think you’re so amazing and beautiful and love how you carry yourself through all of these hard times!!! You are such an inspiration to me!!!
In a brief response, Khloe thanked the fan and revealed that she’s doing her best to keep her head above water.
“I’m trying my best! Kisses.”
There’s no telling how things will work out between the two, but with Khloe already dropping the Odom from her last name on Instagram and Twitter, and the fact that they haven’t been seen together in months, it’s not looking too hot. But let’s hope they can work things out because despite how fast they married, we really like these two together…
Whose smiling child with a full head of hair is this? Seriously, this kid’s hair is draping…
His father is a famous basketball star who most recently made waves by saying he’s the best player in the NBA. Named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2011 and the Rookie of the Year in 2009, he’s certainly one of the best indeed, but he has been sidelined for a while due to a torn ACL. He’s one of Chicago’s finest (literally *winks*) and if his recovery goes well, fingers are crossed that the star will return to the court this upcoming NBA season and give Lebron and Co. in Miami a run for their money. The mother of this little guy is the longtime girlfriend of the star baller (the two met when in high school) and they seem to be making a happy family with their growing boy. So whose cute kid is this?
In today’s WTF news, new LA Clipper J.J. Redick entered into an “abortion contract” with former girlfriend Vanessa Lopez. He agreed to carry-on a relationship with her or pay her $25,000 to abort the fetus she claimed was his. Once doctors confirmed that the pregnancy terminated, their relationship would begin again. The contract was leaked online.
To see the contract, read more at HelloBeautiful.com
Well ladies, another one off the market. And though many of you were looking at Kevin Durant for yourself, we hope that you can still manage a Congratulations for the OKC Thunder player. The Associated Press reported that the 24 year old forward is engaged to WNBA Minnesota Lynx guard Monica Wright.
We have to admit that these two kept their relationship under wraps as many of us didn’t even know they were dating. Smart.
That was until Wright, who is also 24, confirmed their engagement after the Lynx defeated the Phoenix Mercury 91-59 (ouch!) on Sunday night.
scrounging through a little light search on Monica’s Instagram, it’s clear that these two had a little something going on. The pictures (below) detail the two together or Face Time-ing one another. There are also messages of her support for the Thunder.
Dwayne Wade walked away a champion after an intense game against the San Antonio Spurs last week. Now the Heat guard has another reason to celebrate: the release of his new fitness app, reports Black Health Zone.
The app, “Dwayne Wade Driven” allows you to sculpt your body while simultaneously work on your basketball skills. During a press release, Wade explained that there was nothing else like his app on the market.
“[M]y Driven App provides a great workout program that guides you step by step through the exercises,” Wade said. “I’m excited for my fans and aspiring athletes to have access to the drills and moves that make me stand out on the court.”
Users will be provided with an opportunity to see a snippet of how NBA superstars train for the big games during the season. The app allows buyers to watch tailor-made training programs as well as videos of other basketball players.
Dwayne Wade acknowledges that many people do not workout at the gym, but would rather break a sweat at home. “So it’s kind of like I’m the personal trainer for basketball and fitness,” he said “I’ll show them a lot of things I do with my body and for my body.”
Jumping into the digital market is a very smart business move on Wade’s part and it will stack up nicely along with his $17 million salary. “Apps are so big now, so important and everyone has them on their phones,” Wade said. He believes this is the best way to broadcast his basketball training secrets.
Dwayne Wade Driven is now $3.99 in the iTunes Store. Will you purchase it?
Is it just me, or is this the season where all the NBA stars start showing love to their ladies all over Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? Hmm…blame it on time off after getting kicked out of the playoffs or not even making it in. Either way, we’re all for love, especially when we know of so many ballers out here with side chicks who can’t seem to choose one nice lady to settle down with. But these guys are either very serious about their lady loves, or have already put a ring on it, and we love it! Check out these guys with their favorite girls (groupies get back!).
New York Knick Iman Schumpert and Elle Varner
Looks like somebody is finally getting that refill she used to sing about…Was that corny of me? Ah well. Anyway, the very cute couple are pretty official these days, as the two have been seen vacationing in Aruba and as you can see above, getting cute, comfy and close with one another out in public. Just last year they seemed to be just friends, but in the year that this New York Knicks star’s high-top fade has grown to maximum heights, they’ve definitely become a whole lot more. And he’s not shy about showing her off on his social media. So cute!