Jason Collins. The NBA's first openly gay player!

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    Apr 29, 2013 3:39 PM GMT
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    Congrats!

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/#ixzz2Rrh8O559
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    Apr 29, 2013 3:45 PM GMT
    Unfortunately for Jason (who had an NBA-playing twin in Jarron), he's an unrestricted free agent who's not likely to get picked up after this season. So he's technically "in the NBA" until July 1. Don't get your hopes up to see Jason on the NBA floor again.

    He was with our Atlanta Hawks as a Dwight-stopper for a couple seasons, including the 2011 playoffs when the Hawks upset Dwight's Magic in the first round, so as a fan I'm always grateful.
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    Apr 29, 2013 3:49 PM GMT
    Sports IllustratedI'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay.

    I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, "I'm different." If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand.

    My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons.

    I've played for six pro teams and have appeared in two NBA Finals. Ever heard of a parlor game called Three Degrees of Jason Collins? If you're in the league, and I haven't been your teammate, I surely have been one of your teammates' teammates. Or one of your teammates' teammates' teammates.

    Now I'm a free agent, literally and figuratively. I've reached that enviable state in life in which I can do pretty much what I want. And what I want is to continue to play basketball. I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful.


    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/#ixzz2RrrXFcbv
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    Apr 29, 2013 3:55 PM GMT
    Great article!

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    Apr 29, 2013 4:01 PM GMT
    I'm sure the Mavs will sign him.
    http://www.webpronews.com/mark-cuban-would-be-honored-to-have-first-openly-gay-nba-player-on-mavs-2013-04
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    Apr 29, 2013 4:41 PM GMT
    Jason Collins (via SI)I realized I needed to go public when Joe Kennedy, my old roommate at Stanford and now a Massachusetts congressman, told me he had just marched in Boston's 2012 Gay Pride Parade. I'm seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I was proud of him for participating but angry that as a closeted gay man I couldn't even cheer my straight friend on as a spectator. If I'd been questioned, I would have concocted half truths. What a shame to have to lie at a celebration of pride. I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. I want to take a stand and say, "Me, too."

    The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn't wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully? When I told Joe a few weeks ago that I was gay, he was grateful that I trusted him. He asked me to join him in 2013. We'll be marching on June 8.
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    Apr 29, 2013 4:42 PM GMT
    jr17 saidI'm sure the Mavs will sign him.
    http://www.webpronews.com/mark-cuban-would-be-honored-to-have-first-openly-gay-nba-player-on-mavs-2013-04


    You might be right, although if it's not Cuban or Joe Lacob I can't imagine who will. At best, he'll be a third-string emergency center in 2013-14.
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    Apr 29, 2013 4:43 PM GMT
    Jason Collins' Twin Jarron on His Brother's Coming Out: 'I've Never Been More Proud of Him'


    http://www.towleroad.com/2013/04/jarron.html
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    Apr 29, 2013 4:52 PM GMT
    ^

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    awwww...

    Some well-raised kids right there.

    Right now on Twitter Jarron is fielding dozens of "congrats" and other comments errantly assuming it's him, and not his twin bro, who came out.
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    Apr 29, 2013 4:54 PM GMT
    Former Celtic too,

    CONGRATS Jason!!!!!!
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    Apr 29, 2013 4:54 PM GMT
    He's come full circle, y'all!

    Kobe Bean Bryant (via Twitter @kobebryant)Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others
    #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU
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    Apr 29, 2013 4:59 PM GMT
    happy for him for coming out, even Kobe tweeted he was happy for him!
    He won't get signed to another team most likely not because he's gay but because he sucks at ball lol.
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    Apr 29, 2013 5:00 PM GMT


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    Apr 29, 2013 5:01 PM GMT
    jK87 saidhappy for him for coming out, even Kobe tweeted he was happy for him!
    He won't get signed to another team most likely not because he's gay but because he sucks at ball lol.


    ^That. Hopefully, he has a mind about him to know the difference when the phone calls don't come.
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    Apr 29, 2013 5:12 PM GMT
    I hate predicting such things, but you just know there is bound to be a former/current player who's going to open his mouth and show his a$$ in reaction to Collins' announcement. Give it a couple days, but sure as rain, it's coming!

    Just like Tim Hardaway Sr. did when his homophobia was unpeeled in the aftermath of John Amaechi's declaration.

    The good news, though, is we have at least two cases (Kobe, TimBug) of high-profile homophobic athletes who have not only turned a new leaf but have become strident LGBT allies. The 49er guy (Culliver) reacted negatively in the pre-SuperBowl hype to the possibility of an out NFL player, and now even he is quickly coming around.

    Thanks to pro-LGBT outreach groups, squeaky wheels get the oil they need now!
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    Apr 29, 2013 5:41 PM GMT
    metta8 saidJason Collins' Twin Jarron on His Brother's Coming Out: 'I've Never Been More Proud of Him'


    http://www.towleroad.com/2013/04/jarron.html


    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jarron-collins-reaction-brother-jason-gay/#ixzz2RsKaYsZPI read Jarron's article before I read Jason's statement. Such a nice sentiment, what a great brother.

    What does Jason want out of this? He wants to live his life. He wants a relationship, he wants a family, he wants to settle down. He wants to move forward with his personal life while maintaining his life as a professional basketball player. That's all, really.

    This announcement will be surprising to some people. I already anticipate the questions: "Are you the gay twin or the straight one?" This is uncharted territory, and no one can predict how it will play out. It's a big deal -- but it's also not a big deal. When the media crush is over, Jason will have the strength to deal with whatever challenges come from being openly gay.

    As for us, we're still going to give each other grief. (He's still going to be a terrible golfer; he's still the guy who could help more with changing my kids' diapers.) We'll still be competitive in our way. As kids we were always pushing each other, whether it was for good grades or for possession of the remote control. As NBA players we both wanted to be stronger, so each summer we would have a "liftoff" to see who could put up more weight.

    Today, Jason has taken a huge weight off his shoulders. And I've never been more proud of him
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    Apr 29, 2013 6:12 PM GMT
    Can't believe this finally happened.
  • ohioguy12

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    Apr 29, 2013 6:24 PM GMT
    Good for him! I met him and John Amechi before and my gaydar went off with both. My next guesses are Chris Bosh or Andre Blatche
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    Apr 29, 2013 9:15 PM GMT
    Congrats, Jason Collins.
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    Apr 29, 2013 9:49 PM GMT
    ESPN sportswriter Chris Broussard: Jason Collins is “walking in open rebellion to God”
    The sports journalist denounced the NBA's first openly gay player for living in "unrepentant sin"

    http://www.salon.com/2013/04/29/espn_sportswriter_chris_broussard_jason_collins_is_walking_in_open_rebellion_to_god/


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    Apr 29, 2013 10:12 PM GMT
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    Jason Collins (via SI)A college classmate tried to persuade me to come out then and there. But I couldn't yet. My one small gesture of solidarity was to wear jersey number 98 with the Celtics and then the Wizards. The number has great significance to the gay community. One of the most notorious antigay hate crimes occurred in 1998. Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student, was kidnapped, tortured and lashed to a prairie fence. He died five days after he was finally found. That same year the Trevor Project was founded. This amazing organization provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention to kids struggling with their sexual identity. Trust me, I know that struggle. I've struggled with some insane logic. When I put on my jersey I was making a statement to myself, my family and my friends.
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    Apr 29, 2013 10:26 PM GMT
    metta8 saidESPN sportswriter Chris Broussard: Jason Collins is “walking in open rebellion to God”
    The sports journalist denounced the NBA's first openly gay player for living in "unrepentant sin"

    http://www.salon.com/2013/04/29/espn_sportswriter_chris_broussard_jason_collins_is_walking_in_open_rebellion_to_god/




    Did I say days? I meant hours! lol

    Still, Broussard's a media guy, never a pro player. He tweets preachy biblical stuff daily, so I've dismissed his non-NBA Tweets to the dustbin just like our old friend Roland Martin. I trust many more will as well.

    Unbeknownst probably to Broussard, he's actually doing a bit of a service. Collins acknowledges he, like many of us, were dipped in Xtianist/religionist theology from childhood. He hasn't abdicated his ties to faith-based living, in fact he's embraced it in inspiring his process toward coming out...

    Jason Collins (SI)I'm from a close-knit family. My parents instilled Christian values in me. They taught Sunday school, and I enjoyed lending a hand. I take the teachings of Jesus seriously, particularly the ones that touch on tolerance and understanding. On family trips, my parents made a point to expose us to new things, religious and cultural. In Utah, we visited the Mormon Salt Lake Temple. In Atlanta, the house of Martin Luther King Jr. That early exposure to otherness made me the guy who accepts everyone unconditionally.

    I'm learning to embrace the puzzle that is me. After I was traded by the Celtics to Washington in February, I took a detour to the Dr. King memorial. I was inspired and humbled. I celebrate being an African-American and the hardships of the past that still resonate today. But I don't let my race define me any more than I want my sexual orientation to. I don't want to be labeled, and I can't let someone else's label define me.


    Like many who embrace religious influences rather than dismiss them out-of-hand, and perhaps moreso than many given his newfound societal recognition, Collins will have to address those profess to share similar beliefs to him, yet who are all too happy to compel him back into a closet, this time one completely of their own faith-based design. Broussard merely helped to push that eventuality along.
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    Apr 30, 2013 2:29 AM GMT
    jK87 saidhappy for him for coming out, even Kobe tweeted he was happy for him!
    He won't get signed to another team most likely not because he's gay but because he sucks at ball lol.
    ha ha ha ha ouch, that was harsh. actually, i was thinking the same thing.
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    Apr 30, 2013 2:44 AM GMT
    Bryan Fischer: NBA Players Don't Want Jason Collins Eyeballin' Them in the Shower

    http://www.towleroad.com/2013/04/fischercollins.html