Mar. 20, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Washington Wizards center Jason Collins against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Wizards defeated the Suns 88-79. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Westboro Baptist Church to protest tonight's OKC Thunder-Rockets Game 5


Not everyone is happy about Jason Collins coming out as the first gay, active professional sports player.

It’s brought out a lot of hate in some people, in particular the Westboro Baptist Church, who will be out protesting Game 5 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets tonight.

In light of NBA veteran Jason Collins becoming the first active professional athlete who is openly homosexual, Westboro Baptist Church’s Twitter account @WBCSays said Tuesday it will picket outside Chesapeake Energy Arena for the Rockets and Thunder Game 5 first-round playoff matchup.

Westboro supporters have sent out threatening messages to Collins, Thunder forward Kevin Durant and others associated with the NBA while also using a ‘#GodH8sTheNBA’ hashtag.

The independent church, led by pastor Fred Phelps and his daughter Margie, is known for protesting military funerals and believes that President Barack Obama is the Antichrist.

Via the Houston Chronicle

Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie disagrees with the notion that God hates the NBA and he brings up some good points.

I’m guessing God was particularly happy with a few highlights over the last 65 years – rumors abound that the Almighty was a keen fan of Dick Motta’s offense, the 2004-05 Phoenix Suns, Wes Unseld’s outlet passes, those old Denver Nugget uniforms and the San Antonio Spurs’ coyote – but this relationship is apparently over, according the minds at the Westboro Baptist Church. I’m mostly fearful that God couldn’t have waited out Derrick Rose’s return, because that doesn’t speak well for this mortal’s potential to stay patient.

Via Ball Don’t Lie

Whatever you believe, hopefully nothing crazy happens from this.

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