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Good for him, didn't read the story, and don't know what is contract situation is, but if he is a FA, hopefully this won't hurt his chances of signing.
He is a free agent. He's nowhere near an all-star, but he's good enough to be an emergency big man off the bench, at the very least. I would hope this won't hurt his chances of signing somewhere this offseason, but you never know.
Collins obviously deserves a ton of credit, because that takes a lot of courage to do. When the news broke, Kobe immediately tweeted the following: "Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU"
I think Kobe immediately taking a leadership role in publicly supporting Collins is a very respectable act, and will hopefully lead to other NBA players being supportive of Collins as well.
Good for him and good for Kobe! I am waiting for the rumored group of NFL players who are reportedly coming out, too. Smash all the stereotypes!!!
Life is hard. It's really hard if you're stupid.
Here's the original article, written by Collins himself.
This story appears in the May 6, 2013, issue of Sports Illustrated.
i honestly don't think that in this day in age it is that big of an issue. 30 years ago yes, but not so much anymore.
I don't think it's nearly as big of an issue as it would have been 30 - or even 10 - years ago, as society has come a long way. But I do think there's a chance it'll play a slight role in whether or not he can latch back on with an NBA squad. Particularly with veteran free agent role players coming off the bench, one major factor in their value is the chemistry they bring to the locker room. I don't think any NBA teams would go in another direction just because of this, but if they feel that their current roster may not be 100% accepting of Collins, and that it may therefore affect the team's chemistry, they could decide to go in another direction. If a team already has a strong veteran, mature presence, I wouldn't expect it to be an issue. But with some of the younger teams in the league, I could see a GM deciding that his current roster isn't ready for something like this.
Good for him. Took a lot of guts to come out
It actually probably helps his chances of getting signed. David Stern would love to have his last act as commish to be to accept an openly gay athlete in the NBA. He will find a team for him I'm sure. Plus he is a big man every team needs big men. Unless he announced this with an eye on life after the NBA?
Good for him
Well even before this, it was up in the air whether or not he'd latch back on with anyone this offseason. He's really bounced around a lot lately, and isn't really a regular rotation player at this point. Big men who can play defense don't exactly grow on trees, so I assume he'll get an offer from someone, but it wasn't a lock even before today's news.
I get that but look how bad the NBA would look if he didn't get signed now even if it wasn't a sure thing before. I just have to think he will land somewhere even if he maybe doesn't deserve to. I guess it does go the other way and teams may not want to sign him. The NBA doesn't want any backlash at all if he isn't signed even if they wouldn't deserve any at all. I think he will end up somewhere. Glad he came out.
I agree I'm happy he made the choice to come out it takes guts and it needed to happen in major sports. But part of me thinks it might have been a business decision as it may cause a small market team needing publicity to take a chance on him. That sounds bad but I can see a team like Milwaukee or the Kings signing him to be in the spotlight for ten mins.
This story has been talked about ad nauseam today on ESPN and sports shows everywhere. To the point of comparing it to Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier.
Good for him for feeling the need to come out, but is this really that big of a deal in 2013? The guy might get called a few names by an idiot opposing fan, but the coverage this has gotten is just ridiculous.
First ever gay male gay athlete coming out yeah it's kind of a big deal. It's only the first the story broke, I doubt you will hear much in a few days. And it's probably the fact that it is 2013 and people don't seem to make a big deal about being gay as they use to, that he actually came out.
Good for him, no reason to hide your true self. One thing he has going for him is that even while not playing he was a good locker room guy, prepared to play every night and put in a professional effort (lookin' at you, Jordan Crawford...) while with the Bullets.
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No reason to hide it but is there a reason to "come out" anymore? Hopefully we aren't far from that.
I don't think it'd look that bad if no one signed him. There might be people that try to make a big deal about that, but I think it'd be misguided. He's past his prime, and no longer a rotation player in the league. A lot of guys have trouble latching on somewhere at that stage.
I don't think it can be considered to be as big of a deal as what Jackie Robinson did, because Robinson was facing imminent violence every day of his life. Also, just in terms of everyday life, you can't hide your race, but it's possible that Collins can still go out in public without many people even knowing that he's the NBA player that came out.
For the average Joe to come out, I don't think that's a big deal. But in a major sport where you risk your reputation among players, coaches and fans, I do think it's a big deal.
True, by all accounts, he's got a great reputation as a teammate in NBA circles.
That's a great point, and it'd be nice if society could reach that stage. Within the culture of professional sports that is defined by machismo, I think that makes it a bigger deal. Ideally, this will help other NBA/NFL/MLB/NHL players to come out. And eventually, once enough of them have done it, no one will think twice about it anymore.
What's the big deal, here?
Martina Navratilova, another 'Professional athlete', who was far, far, far superior &
well known has been 'Out' for what, 20 years?
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
Hi I'm Earth, have we met?
Oh good. Mr Earth is going to do some 'enlightening', here.
This ought to be just swell, uh-huh.............
I do think it's a pretty big deal, as no male athlete in one of the four major sports had ever come out during his career.
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