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Hate Mail: Collins comes out and then the bigots come out

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Hate Mail isn't funny this week. Oh, you say it wasn't funny last week? Hilarious. I'm cackling.

Jason Collins came out, I spoke out, readers lashed out. Where to begin? With this idiot.

From: Steve Deace

You're an intolerant religious bigot.

I can see the hamster wheel turning in your head: "Maybe if I call THEM intolerant, they'll stop calling ME intolerant." But you're right, Steve: Show me a hateful bunch of bigots like you, and I'll be the most intolerant SOB you ever saw.

From: Horst Oberdorfer

Leftist sodomite.

Your Twitter profile describes you as: "White, male, straight, conservative, Christian." And what a wonderful advertisement you are for all that! I'm three-fifths of that, but show me where to sign up for the rest, Horst. I want to be just like you.

From: Charlie

I would have respected Jason Collins' admission a lot more had he done it a few years ago, before he signed his $25 million deal.

No, you wouldn't. Stop grasping at "legitimate" reasons to dismiss Jason Collins and come out and say it: You don't like gay people. Just say it, Charlie. Don't dance around the edge of intolerant bigotry. Embrace what you are.

From: Kevin Parnella

When are you going to make your announcement?

Zing! Got me! Suggest I'm gay, because obviously that's the worst thing a person can be. And in your worldview, it is the worst thing. But guess what: Your worldview is being bred out by people with my worldview. That's Darwinism at work, you hateful bigot. Survival of the fittest. It's real, and it's spectacular.

From: Chris H.

If you can't accept that most major faiths view homosexuality as a sin, then you are a religious bigot. Tolerance is a two-way street.

I accept it. I know it. But I despise it. How many of those "major faiths" do you subscribe to, anyway? Just one, I'd bet, so please don't use "major faiths" that you reject as an argument for your side. That's stupid. So is the idea that a 2,000-year-old edict should matter more than compassion and love and understanding for people alive today. I swear, you people. It's like you were lobotomized.

P.S. And as for your second sentence? Tolerance isn't a two-way street when your way is asking my way to tolerate hateful bigotry.

From: Garry F.

Why does Chris Broussard need to learn how to be respectful? Were his comments hateful in any way?

No, I guess you're right. All Broussard said was that gay people ARE LIVING IN OPEN REBELLION AGAINST GOD. Nothing hateful about that.

From: Brian Edwards

What is so courageous about a 12-year vet, multimillionaire, coming out? Maybe 10 years ago. Now, more money and accolades.

So true. Easiest thing on earth is for a man, playing a sport defined by posing machismo, to do what Jason Collins told the world. And think about the endorsements he'll get. They're just rolling in. Soon, I mean. They'll be rolling in soon. Eventually. Maybe.

From: Ben Woods

You're insufferable.

And you're a bigot.

From: Ben Woods

Calling people who oppose gay-marriage bigots! That will win over support.

I don't want your support, you hateful bigot. People like you don't like people like me? Good. Thank you.

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Shut up, Spam-bot. I'm not in the mood for your crap today.

From: Randall D.

Who gives a s--t? All the things going on in this world and this is really a story? What a joke.

True, Randall. Jason Collins came out, and nobody cared. Hell, I barely heard a word about it. In fact, who is Jason Collins? I have no idea, because you're right: Nobody cares about this story. Nobody's talking about it. Nobody's writing emails about it, either.

From: Troy Bock

How do I get in contact with Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com via e-mail? I have a few sports-related questions that I would like to ask him. Thank you for your time.

Wrong day to be a helpless idiot, Troy. Find him yourself. Or better yet, try to find your own rear end. You have two hands and the Internet to help you. I bet you can find it in two days. Three, tops.

From: Matt

Thanks for the Jason Collins article, Gregg. I pray you don't get hate mail from a bunch of bigots.

God did not hear that prayer, Matt. But there's a guy in Duluth who found his car keys after praying for help, and he's convinced God did that. Weird what prayers God decides to answer, huh?

From: Sandy in St. Louis

I'm glad you finally stopped running your silly hate mail column. In a real world where real hatred by real jihadists results in real deaths and real maimings -- see Boston Marathon -- it is rather petty of a self-righteous sportswriter to whine and complain that Joe Blow from Wichita told him he's a jerk for dismissing his favorite college football team. It speaks volumes that a grown man doesn't have the fortitude to endure being called a jerk, and therefore needs to make a public spectacle about his reaction to it.

I'm glad I finally stopped running Hate Mail, too. So selfish of me. How dare I.


Gregg Doyel is a columnist for CBSSports.com. He covered the ACC for the Charlotte Observer, the Marlins for the Miami Herald, and Brooksville (Fla.) Hernando for the Tampa Tribune. He was 4-0 (3 KO's!) as an amateur boxer, and volunteers for the ALS Association. Follow Gregg Doyel on Twitter.
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