Veteran NBA player Jason Collins announces he’s gay. Anybody got a problem with that?

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”

Those three sentences suddenly have cast veteran NBA player Jason Collins as a transcendent figure in the history of sports.

Granted, it likely was no secret that he’s black. As for gay, well that’s certainly a horse of a different color.

Collins now is the first openly gay athlete actively playing a major American team sport.

It says something about our society that it took so long for someone to stand up and pronounce who they truly are.

If you think Collins in the only openly gay athlete actively playing a major American team sport, you’ve been spending way too much time with your head in your catered lobster bisque.

“I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different,’” Collins wrote in a Sports Illustrated cover story. “If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m my raising hand.”

The 7-foot, 255-pound Collins has been a strong, physical, team-oriented big man for a dozen NBA season, a relatively anonymous figure working in the trenches.

No longer. He’s now on center stage big time.

In a watershed declaration that obviously took balls, Collins really has taken one for the team.

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4 thoughts on “Veteran NBA player Jason Collins announces he’s gay. Anybody got a problem with that?

  1. Thomas Brown aka Downtown Tommy Brown says:

    Being the Father of a Gay Man I can understand how important it was for Jason to out himself. Yes, a load has been lifted off his shoulders and he will have to face those who may not approve with his chosen life style. Now he can do it with not only those who knew before he came out, now he can face them with those who support him now that he has come out, Good for him!

  2. Murray says:

    Everybody needs to get over this issue. Gay people are just about everywhere, if not everywhere. For someone to say they’re one of them should be about as unremarkable as the occasional brunette cheerleader.

  3. Loved your line about the occasional brunette cheerleader, Murray. So true!

  4. Murray says:

    My analogies are but a shadow of the ones turned out by the king of all analogists, the great and powerful Zeke.

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