John Amaechi is gay, and now the first NBA player to come out publicly is ready to talk about it. Amaechi, a center who spent five seasons with four teams, is scheduled to appear on ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Sunday, and his autobiography “Man in the Middle,” will be released Feb. 14. Police: Pacers involved in fight: Indiana Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley and teammates Marquis Daniels and Keith McLeod were involved in a fight with a bar manager after a home loss to Golden State, police said. No one was immediately arrested or charged after the Tuesday fight. Indianapolis police Lt. Doug Scheffel said Wednesday it would take several days to complete the investigation to determine if charges would be filed. The Indianapolis police report said the bar manager of the 8 Seconds Saloon might have a fractured jaw and severed earlobe. He told officers that Tinsley had threatened to kill him, the report said. Witnesses told officers that McLeod had shoved people during the scuffle that happened about 2:15 a.m. at the club on the city’s west side. Ex-Laker to spend time in jail: Former NBA star Isaiah “J.R.” Rider, was sentenced to seven months in jail stemming from three criminal cases against him. Rider, 35, also was ordered to perform 120 hours of community service, complete a drug education program and was placed on probation for three years following his release. Rider pleaded guilty in Marin County Superior Court to several charges, including felony cocaine possession, battery and evading a police officer. , who played with the Lakers in the 2000-01 season in Novato Artest dogging it: Animal services officers seized a Great Dane from the mansion of Sacramento Kings star Ron Artest, saying the dog was underfed. Neighbors complained for weeks that the dog – named Socks – appeared to be starving inside a gated area on Artest’s $1.85 million estate in rural Loomis, according to a county report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We have a very diverse league. The question at the NBA is always `Have you got game?’ That’s it, end of inquiry,” he said. LeBron James, however, said he didn’t think an openly gay person could survive in the league. “With teammates you have to be trustworthy, and if you’re gay and you’re not admitting that you are, then you are not trustworthy,” James said. In his book, Amaechi describes the challenge of being gay in a league where it’s assumed all players are heterosexual. He describes the blatant anti-gay language and attitudes he experienced in NBA locker rooms. Amaechi, 36, competed for Penn State, then played in 301 NBA games over five seasons. The 6-foot-10 center averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 rebounds. His admission comes three years after his playing career ended, making him the sixth professional male athlete from one of the four major U.S. sports – basketball, baseball, football, hockey – to openly discuss his homosexuality. NBA commissioner David Stern said a player’s sexuality wasn’t important.