First Pro Male Athlete Has Come Out Of The Closet, NBA’s Jason Collins

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The men all pause… History has been made. Here it is we were under the impression that 4 NFL players were getting ready to come out of the closet together as a group, and NBA player Jason Collins has stole their thunder. Hell, I guess Collins figured they were taking to long. lol

Collins lent his story to Sports Illustrated for an editorial piece called “The Gay Athlete”. The magazine hits the news stands on May 6th. Check out what all Collin’s has to say about being the first to blaze this trail.


“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.” ~ Jason Collins


Collins continues, “When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged. I thought I had to live a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her. I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue.”

As to why he opted to address his sexuality now, Collins says that he was partly inspired by the Boston Marathon bombings, adding that “it takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret.”

“I’ve endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie. I was certain that my world would fall apart if anyone knew,” he writes. “And yet when I acknowledged my sexuality I felt whole for the first time. I still had the same sense of humor, I still had the same mannerisms and my friends still had my back.”

You can read Collins’ full Sports Illustrated editorial here.

Collin’s has already received major support from the sports community. NBA commissioner David Stern applauded Collins in a statement cited by ESPN, noting, “Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue.” Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld felt similarly, calling Collins “a leader on and off the court and an outstanding teammate throughout his NBA career” in a statement.

Good for him. Hopefully Jason Collin’s bold step will set the tone for other pro male athletes to feel comfortable living their truest lives while maintaining a pro sports career.

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39 thoughts on “First Pro Male Athlete Has Come Out Of The Closet, NBA’s Jason Collins

  1. @ Kayman, you my friend are Wrong! It is completely relevant. You seemed to have missed the point. The AVERAGE shelf life of a pro athlete these days is somewhere between 6-8 yrs of active playing time (and that’s with no injuries). Jason Collins is well past his prime #nothing to lose. I doubt seriously if any of the top draft picks this year will be “coming out” during their rookie season. That’s just too big a gamble for such a fickle corporation. They love to hate to love to hate you. We are not as progressive a country as we would like to think. Until we transition from 1913 to 2013, the words SEXUAL ORIENTATION and JOB should not mix. That’s whether you work for the NBA, NFL, lawyer, teacher, butcher, baker, or candle-stick-maker. How does who he’s screwing affect what he was hired to do? explain?

  2. who is he? Exactly one way to get your shine when you are a nobody!!! Damn frank Ocean has open the doors to the gays!!! I rather a man admits he’s gay then hold it in and live a lie and women are affected by that lie!! now if we can get al DL men to come out…

  3. People make the statement “Who cares?” Well, other athletes and young kids that look up to these professional athletes care. It opens the door and dialog for an educated discussion. Also, we live in a society where gay rights have improved, but there’s still much work to be accomplished and the professional sports industry is a major one. Kudos to this individual for being himself, a person of color, and a professional athlete.

  4. while sooo many people are walking around clowning Chris Bosh because he has “gay mannerisms” he does “gay things” all the Down Lows are basking in it and being ignored, the perception of what a “homosexual” SHOULD look like has you fooled, gay has no image, stereo types need to be addressed by the gay community and FAST, equal rights are already a fight but what makes it really unfair is the way society portrays the gay community…

  5. Hes played 12 seasons, and no one knows who he is… When will an athlete with life left in his career make a stand?

    • I read his 3 page story on another site. What a story and what a guy. He expresses himself so well. I am so glad that he told his story. He told of his personality and his pain, his joy, his sadness and his dream. I personally think that he is an all around good person. I am so glad that he said that being gay is not a choice. His brother who was born after him is not gay. I did not choose to be Black nor did I choose to be female, but I’m here and making the best of it. I don’t know him, but I love him. He is a beautiful human being.

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