Westboro Baptist Church: Jason Collins' Coming Out Prompts NBA Playoff Protest

Kevin Durant, you scumbag!

Well, this according to the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, whose divine word apparently now reveals God's immense hatred of the NBA. Durant is only the messenger here, though, after acknowledging fellow NBA veteran Jason Collins' recent announcement that he is gay in a positive light.

"If the guy's happy, whatever he does, that's cool with me," said the heathen Durant on Monday following the announcement. 

The Westboro Baptist Church picketed both Wednesday's NBA Playoffs game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets and Thursday's game between the Chicago Bulls and the Brooklyn Nets. Here's one of the immortal tweets from the Church, introducing the hashtag #GodH8sTheNBA:


And here's part of a PDF released on the Church's website that features one of the above signs:


So that's why Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder have all but given up a 3-0 series lead to the Houston Rockets — Durant simply "forgot how to win." Because he doesn't have 4 other players on the court with him working toward the same goal who could be equally responsible for the losses, and the Rockets are clearly all gay-haters. That must be it.

While some may see this as a counter-productive attempt to condemn the Westboro Baptist Church that actually gives them more fuel for hatred (no really, their Twitter account is rank with posts along the lines of "Oh look, [group that clearly hates us] loves us because they mentioned us somewhere!"), I personally find it both ridiculous and depressing.

Even as an atheist, I'm about 100% sure God doesn't hate the NBA. But who knows what dark path the organization could follow now that they have a, you know, derogatory word for gay person in their midst? Prepare yourselves, everyone: the next lockout might be God's way of saying, "Hey, wait, you guys are cool with this Collins thing? Not if I have anything to say about it!"

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Christine Salek

Christine is a writer and perpetual student living in Des Moines, Iowa. Her writing can also be found on Medium, the Gonzaga Bulletin, and ResearchGate.

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