This week’s winners and losers in LGBT sports are in their bubbles

Cases of the coronavirus pandemic are at all time highs in parts of the United States, including Florida, where the NBA and WNBA are preparing to play a shortened season in what players in each league are referring to as “The Bubble.” And from reports, it’s not working out so great. So, this week. winners are “Bubble” and losers are “Trouble.”

Wherever you are, I hope you’re safe, healthy and taking precautions to protect yourself and those you care about as I take a moment to look back at the week that was.

My weekly list begins with late word Friday night of punishment for an NFL player who repeated anti-Semitic claims on social media. No… It’s not an LGBT sports story. But it is a story about humanity, as well as another marginalized group in sports.


Chicago Bears v Philadelphia Eagles

DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a pass prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field on November 3, 2019 in Philadelphia, Penn.
Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Our sister site Bleeding Green Nation reports the Eagles decided to fine Jackson (it’s unclear exactly how much) for sharing anti-Semitic posts on Instagram, but apparently they will not be releasing or suspending him. For now, at least. The Eagles’ statement does not entirely rule out further discipline and does mandate that Jackson must back up his apologies with meaningful action. On that front, Jackson reportedly met with “a group against anti-Semitism” on Thursday and with a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor on Friday. New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is Jewish, said he and Jackson are planning to use their experiences to educate one another. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints’ Malcolm Jenkins called Jackson’s posts “a distraction,” and “Jewish people aren’t our problem, and we aren’t their problem.” Um…?


A series of leaked videos reveals that some WNBA players are faced with substandard living conditions in the middle of a pandemic.


One team will delay its arrival at preseason camp and an all-star may sit the season out.


The Atlanta Dream co-owner has made critical statements about the protests against racial injustice and police brutality.


Loeffler, who’s co-owner of the Atlanta Dream, addressed a letter to the WNBA condemning the league’s support of Black Lives Matter.


WNBA players have been calling for Loeffler to be ousted from the league after her statement condemning Black Lives Matter.


Terrence Bogan
Terrence Bogan

Terrence Bogan scored 77 touchdowns while also starring in school plays. Next year he’ll play for Trinity College.


The USSSA Pride pitcher recently spoke about her multi-layered identity as an out Black Puerto Rican woman in softball.


McCleney, who hails from small-town Alabama, says she feels more loved by God than ever.


Wyatt Pertuset

Wyatt Pertuset, who made history two years ago, is joining the staff of a high school football team in Ohio.


Inspired by a national hero, transgender athlete Valentina Petrillo targets the 2021 Paralympics.


While pro sports waits for stars to pave the way for better Pride participation, Doolittle continues to show MLB how it should be done.


Megan Rapinoe’s girlfriend, teammates and fans flooded her Instagram with birthday wishes.


In its 12th year, the Philadelphia Liberty Tennis Association is building community on and off the courts.


Gym Sportsbar is closing its West Hollywood location after a nearly 11-year run because of the pandemic.

That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you a fresh list of winners and losers next Saturday, at the end of our “sporting events that made you cry” theme week. Got a name I missed, or want to challenge my choices? Comment here or on Facebook or Instagram, tweet at us, message me via any social media, or just plain email me at [email protected] Thanks!


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