Congratulations to Jason Collins for coming out as the first active male pro sports player to acknowledge his homosexuality.
Of course, this is a big f*cking deal. (only the gay readers got that joke immediately.)
I have 5 thoughts on the matter.
- Who cares? The ignorants? Homosexuals are mainstream as far as I am concerned. I understand this is somewhat of a historic moment because gay athletes usually come out after retirement, and technically Jason Collins is an active NBA player (although I might point out that he has spent a majority of his career as an inactive player in the DNP-CD department.) But John Amaechi came out after his retirement from an NBA career spent partly in the gay district of Salt Lake City, which made for some entertaining reading when the story broke. So technically, from a historical standpoint, it is merely a matter of timing.
- My best Jason Collins story: In February 2008, word leaked that Collins was being traded from New Jersey to Memphis for Stromile Swift. But something held up the trade for 2 days. So during the uncomfortable interim, the Nets had to play a game – and everyone knew Collins was a goner. So Lawrence Frank played Collins anyway, drew up a play for him on the first offensive play of the game, and Collins converted from the low post. The guys on the Nets loved Jason.
- Back to ranting: Why do people care if an athlete or a person is gay or straight? This is a free country, remember? They taught us that in school. Freedom has no limits. Many Americans are homosexuals. Can’t we accept that?
- Collins and Amaechi were not the first. There was a player who played for one of the Texas teams in the late 1990s who was gay. Everyone knew it, and one of the guys who knew it became a big shot at the NBA. The player never came out, and I believe we should respect the rights of those who wish to remain in the closet instead of out. Everyone’s situation is different.
- Every man has a penis. What he chooses do to with his penis is his own business. Every woman has a sexual organ, too. And since I don’t want to disappoint you at the bottom of this post, I will direct you below to a semi-recent NBA podcast in which the words “vagina,” “pussy,” “penis” and “vulva” were uttered — all in the course of the conversation. It’s a good listen.