Without a doubt, one of the most memorable moments from this years’s MTV Video Music Awards was the awkward introduction of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ live performance by A$AP Rocky and openly gay NBA baller Jason Collins.
If you missed the appearance, the Harlem rapper looked visibly uncomfortable onstage and even pointed to Collins, to add extra emphasis, when he said “homosexuality.” The moment sparked rumors that the A$AP Mob leader may be homophobic, but during a recent interview with The Stashed he said those allegations are totally false.
“I’m mad that my facial expressions was like that because I’m not homophobic at all, and that whole thing just came off real homophobic,” he explained. “I didn’t really notice it until I got home and saw it.”
“I apologize to Jason for that, because people was laughing and s–t, and you know… I really don’t think that’s funny,” he added. “I saw they were making all the memes and pictures and making fun of him. There’s people out there that think I was doing that to be funny, and truthfully I got gay people in my family. I don’t give a f–k if you gay or you not, I just found it odd that MTV wanted to stand me next to this n—a when they are talking about gay people, that’s all. You know what I’m saying?”
He went on to compare Collins to bisexual singer frank Ocean.
“That’s his business,” Rocky said. “I respect men more for coming out. People joke on Frank Ocean a lot but at least he’s not out here fronting. It’s a lot of people, a lot of motherf*ckers be out here, they be the closet motherf*ckers, you know? I don’t respect them. I respect gay men who identify it and who are out with it. I don’t have a problem with gay people at all. So it’s like, that’s his business. It don’t concern me. Number one, I barely get to watch basketball like that as it is. Number two, I don’t even know who this n*gga is that you talking about. Dead a**. He probably has ten times more money than me but I don’t know who he is. We got the Frank Ocean of the NBA now who came out and did what he had to do. Shout-outs to him.”
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1. Former WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes
Swoopes announced she was gay in 2005, now she is reportedly engaged to a man. Swoopes is said to identify as bi-sexual. (AP)
2. WNBA player Brittney Griner
The Phoenix Mercury’s #1 pick in the NBA draft, said she was never in hiding, but she officially confirmed she was a lesbian in April 2013. (AP)
3. Former NBA player John Amaechi
Former NBA player, John Amaechi, shocked the sports world when he announced he was gay in February 2007, he retired from the NBA in 2003. (AP)
4. Legendary Tennis player Billie Jean King
A tennis great, she came out in 1981. (AP)
5. Boxer Orlando Cruz
Orlando Cruz came out as gay in October 2012. (AP)
6. Former NFL player Kwame Harris
Kwame Harris announced he was gay in March 2013, after having legal problems with an ex-boyfriend. He retired from the NFL in 2009. (AP)
7. Former Olympic diver Greg Louganis
In a 1995 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Louganis spoke publicly for the first time about being gay and HIV-positive. (AP)
8. Former MLB outfielder Glenn Burke
The late Glenn Burke, revealed he was gay after his playing career was over. (AP)
9. Former Tennis star Martina Navratalova
A tennis legend, she announced she was gay in 1981. (AP)
10. Former Soccer player Justin Fashanu
Fashanu was a professional soccer player in England, Australia, and Canada to name a few. He announced he was gay while still being an active player. (AP)
11. Esera Tuaolo
Former NFL player, Esera Tuaolo, announced he was gay in 2002 after he retired from the NFL.
12. Megan Rapinoe
Rapinoe of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team came out in 2012. (AP)