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The Soapbox: Too Chunky To Cheer?

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On April 22, Anna-Megan Raley, under the pseudonym of Claire Crawford, wrote a blog post for CBS Houston titled, “Is This Girl ‘Too Chunky’ To Be An OKC Thunder Cheerleader?” In the post, she spotlighted Kelsey Williams, a three-year veteran of the Thunder Girls, the dance team that performs during the home games of the NBA’s Oklahoma Thunder. Referring to a picture showing Williams in her uniform — a bra-like halter top and short shorts — Raley questioned whether Williams was “bad-looking,” noting she had “pudginess around her waistline.” Although she praised Williams for being “comfortable wearing that tiny little outfit,” she wished the dancer had “a little more on top, if you know what I mean,” and asked readers, “Is this chick ‘too chunky’ to be a cheerleader?” Then the half-assed statement, “We think she’s beautiful,” followed by a poll allowing readers to vote on the options: “She has no business wearing that outfit in front of people” or “She could use some tightening in her midsection.”  Keep reading »

NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out As Gay

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In a moving piece in the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated, veteran basketball player Jason Collins came out as gay today. The center, who’s spent the past 12 years playing with the New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets, among other teams, says he was inspired to go public in the wake of the Boston bombing.

“The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn’t wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully?” he wrote. “No one wants to live in fear. I’ve always been scared of saying the wrong thing. I don’t sleep well. I never have. But each time I tell another person, I feel stronger and sleep a little more soundly.”

Collins is the first openly gay NBA player. Keep reading »

The Lakers Win The NBA Title, Hollywood Is Happy

If you happen to need a favor from an A-, B-, or C-Lister in Hollywood, today would probably be a very good day to ask for it. Last night was the seventh and final game in the NBA Finals, with the Lakers taking on their rivals, the Boston Celtics, in the tied series. And after coming from behind in the fourth quarter, they eeked out a lead and won the game 83-79 to become the NBA Champions. Ron Artest, who scored 20 points in the game, gave our favorite post-game interview of all time, saying, “I definitely want to thank my doctors. My psychiatrist, she really helped me relax a lot.” [NYMag.com]

So what do other stars and famous folk have to say about the victory? Find out, after the jump. Keep reading »

The Daily Hotness: Kevin Garnett Of The Boston Celtics

I don’t follow basketball but I know it was kind of a big deal that the Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA Championship. I’ve always hated the Lakers because they’re like the Yankees of basketball — almost always awesome and annoying. Also, I really enjoy the lovely St. Paddy’s green of the Celtics outfits, er, uniforms. Anyway, Kevin Garnett is, like, the Celtics superstar. I tried to find a really attractive photo of him but apparently it’s very hard to make a sexy face while slam-dunking so I decided to pick out the most enthusiastic photo instead. Keep reading »

Rejected On The Jumbotron

There was a new player on the NBA court, but her game isn’t basketball. During halftime at a Rocket’s game, her man got on bended knee to propose. As he tried to score his lady mid-court, even the announcers joked that she just had to say yes while they’re in public and could then change her mind after. But unfortunately, she must not have heard them because she totally blocked his pass. As she ran off the court to the sound of the stadium booing her, he kissed his beer. Poor guy! Where’s the ref when you need to call a foul?! [You Tube: NBA Marriage Proposal]

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