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

Posted on Apr 29 2013 - 1:16pm by Funky Dineva

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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.

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“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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  1. jilly bean April 30, 2013 at 7:11 am - Reply

    @ 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. Rikz Monique Smith via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Now the rest of the team can come out…lol #heats!!

  3. Joeneyce Cunningham via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Don’t know him but good for him. Hope the DL’s follow suit. Not cool!

  4. Michelina Deterville via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    He’s the 1st to “come out” while ACTIVELY playing.

  5. LaQuesha Almond via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Good for him !

  6. Alex Wheatstone via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    He’s not the first pro athlete to come out, he’s the first NBA player to do so.

  7. LM Barnes via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Good for him!

  8. Tez Evans via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Always the wrong ones….lol. Good for him doe…

  9. Shunda Renee via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    This is news?

  10. Sophia Stewart via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    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…

  11. Kimberly Hunter via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    How courageous of him, who’s next? We all know there’s more

  12. Khayana Frazier-Caston via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    wonder how many of his teammate’s booty he patted? lol

  13. Brock Dakota via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    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.

  14. Smugg Dunkin via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    He a nobody. We waiting on the diva Chris bosh

  15. Ashley Combs via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Who cares???Y do “they” always make big announcements… #LIVEYOURLIFE

  16. S Michelle Lewis via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    ….in other don’t give a eff news….

  17. Meech Michael Morrison via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Jason.. You made history today!! #bravery #change

  18. Gregory Collins via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    2 of my boys hit Chris Bosh wife!!!!! and Kordell might be next

  19. Emelda Johnson-Seagrams via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    See Dineva you were watching the wrong one… Lol

  20. Tanesha Jackson via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Good for him! We are not on this Earth to judge.

  21. Michelina Deterville via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    If Chris isn’t gay, he’s zestier than an orange field.

  22. Selina Thomson via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Lol am I the only one who think’s Chris bosh is NOT gay ???? I don’t see it

  23. Yourhynis April 29, 2013 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Good for him! Don’t forget to post the Ray J video…

  24. Karen Ireland via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Good for him! Keep it 100%.

  25. Alvin Hardy via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    There is a great article in sports illustrated. I think it come out May 6th.

  26. Mark Walker via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Chris Bosh it’s ok now

  27. Selina Thomson via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Good for him be who u are!!

  28. Chrissy Love via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    not the first

  29. Bianca Williams via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Now that Collins came out, Cordell Stewart can finally admit that he’s gay as well! lol

  30. Joie Fulani via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    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…

  31. Toni Francis via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Good for him. End of conversation.

  32. Tawanna Shorter via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Proud of him………live your life

  33. Bobby London via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

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

    • kayman April 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      Does it truly matter? He is still actively a player in the league, so it is irrelevant.

  34. Starla Saddler via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    God bless him…

  35. Kimberly Lashun via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Good for him! Hopefully more pro athletes will have the courage to come out.

    • Mrs. Bearrat April 29, 2013 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      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.

  36. Monica Campbell via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Kudos to him!!

  37. Terrekka Ballenger via Facebook April 29, 2013 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Christ Bosh is next

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