On May 1, Jason Collins, the 7-foot center for the Washington Wizards and a former Boston Celtics, came out. His statement, “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay” made the cover story for the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated.
On May 2, three Morehouse College basketball athletes were accused of raping an 18-year-old Spelman College student. The story didn't hit the airwaves as the Collins story did.
Many in the African-American community were silent on both incidents because they view both as poxes on the community.