Brian Boitano, a former Olympic gold medalist figure skater and a current member of the U.S. delegation heading to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, announced Thursday that he is gay.
"I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am," Boitano said in a statement. The professional figure skater competed in the 1988 Olympic Games, where he won the figure skating Gold Medal.
"First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance. As an athlete, I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations." Boitano also became the World Champion in figure skating in 1986 and 1988, and the U.S. National Champion from 1985 to 1988. more >>
United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has joined the list of people calling for the Washington Redskins to change their team name.
Reid told The Hill Thursday that he felt Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder was "so shortsighted on this."
"We live in a society where you can't denigrate a race of people. And that's what that is. I mean, you can't have the Washington Blackskins. I think it's so shortsighted," said Reid. more >>
Houston Rockets star Jeremy Lin suffered a new back injury on Friday in the 116-112 win against the Golden State Warriors, just two games after coming back from a sprained and bruised right knee. Rumors, meanwhile, are swirling that he might be traded this summer.
"I only played him 14 or 15 minutes in Portland because you could tell he was out of rhythm," said Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson, according to UltimateRockets.com. "The game kind of dictates your substitution patterns, … but I certainly made an effort against Golden State to get him more minutes. He needs to get in a rhythm. We're disappointed that he's out, not nearly as disappointed as he is, I'm sure."
The popular Christian athlete sustained the injury on Friday after running into Warriors center Andrew Bogut, which forced him to leave the court after 21 minutes of play. Although Lin returned in the final few minutes, the injury is a setback to his recovery plan coming back from six games out due to the knee injury. more >>
Lamar Odom may be blaming the issues in his soon to be dissolved marriage to Khloe Kardashian on his friends.
Odom, the 34-year-old NBA free agent, has made headlines in recent months for allegedly stepping out on his marriage and battling with a drug addiction. While numerous media outlets have speculated about the possibility of the 29-year-old "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star's marital woes, she officially filed for divorce due to irreconcilable differences Friday, according to The Hollywood Life reports.
The basketball player is reportedly placing some blame on his friends for his infidelities by "supporting me the wrong way by bringing girls around," a source close to the situation reportedly told TMZ. more >>
Adrien "The Problem" Broner, is speaking up after the first loss of his professional boxing career at the hands of Marcos "El Chino" Maidana Saturday night and receiving advice from Floyd Mayweather.
Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) stripped the WBA welterweight title from 24-year-old Broner (27-1, 22 KOs), shocking the boxing world by stopping the outspoken young fighter who looks to veteran Floyd Mayweather as a mentor. After Broner was knocked down twice and left visibly shaken after the bout, the fight began to trend on Twitter with memes created to make fun of his defeat.
Although a usually flamboyant Broner left the ring hastily following his first career loss, he did react to the loss in a message for fans. more >>
Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight Vitor Belfort, nicknamed "The Phenom," has taken on a new role as "The Values Enforcer" in a comedic commercial recently released by Steven's Furtick's Elevation Church in North Carolina.
The commercial, narrated by the megachurch's creative pastor, c, shows the church's new solution to dealing with apathetic churchgoers: kidnap them from their Sunday service and dump them in a UFC ring with Belfort, who physically punishes them into being attentive and focused at church.
The commercial begins with Hubatka explaining that his team has decided to take a creative approach to communicating the Gospel each week, but they have run into small problems in the process, mainly churchgoers who remain unfocused during the Sunday sermons. more >>