Monday, April 29, 2013

Jason Collins: First Openly Gay Athlete in Major American Team Sport

First off, let me applaud Jason Collins for having the courage to announce to the world he is gay.  In my opinion, it's not the world's business if Jason Collins is gay or not, but that is neither here nor there.  Whether it's our business or not, I do understand the historical significance of this announcement and the club would not be doing its readers justice ignoring the topic.  Collins, although far from a superstar, is a great person to carry this torch.  He is a Stanford grad, has been in the league for 12 seasons, is personal friends with Slick Willy and Joe Kennedy III and is extremely well spoken as made evident in his article for Sports Illustrated which should make Skip Bayless scared for his job.  I'm excited to see what this announcement does for Kerry Rhodes.

Collins played this season for the Celtics before being traded to the Wizards where after the end of their 2013 campaign he became a free agent.  I'm sure there will be a whirlwind of media coverage focusing on teams signing or not signing him because of his sexual orientation.  I want to let it be known right now that if I were the GM of an NBA team, there is not a chance in hell I would sign Collins and that has nothing to do with him preferring the romantic company of men to women.  The dude straight up can't play.  He averaged a robust 0.7 points and 1.3 boards while in Washington while playing 9 minutes a game and racking up 2 fouls.  His CAREER year came with the Nets in 2004 where he averaged Barkley like numbers of 6 points and 6 boards a game.  On the court, the guy offers about as much as Wilt Chamberlain (at present time).  From this announcement, it's clear Collins has the ability to lead, but I am guessing he is going to be leading somewhere away from the hardwood in 2014.  Regardless, Jason, you ever want to get a little tipsy, the velvet rope in the club will be lifted for the rest of your life.

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