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Old 04-29-2013, 11:26 AM  
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Why NBA center Jason Collins is coming out now

By Jason Collins with Franz Lidz

This story appears in the May 6, 2013, issue of Sports Illustrated.

I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay.

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.

My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons.

I've played for six pro teams and have appeared in two NBA Finals. Ever heard of a parlor game called Three Degrees of Jason Collins? If you're in the league, and I haven't been your teammate, I surely have been one of your teammates' teammates. Or one of your teammates' teammates' teammates.

Now I'm a free agent, literally and figuratively. I've reached that enviable state in life in which I can do pretty much what I want. And what I want is to continue to play basketball. I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful.

Why am I coming out now? Well, I started thinking about this in 2011 during the NBA player lockout. I'm a creature of routine. When the regular season ends I immediately dedicate myself to getting game ready for the opener of the next campaign in the fall. But the lockout wreaked havoc on my habits and forced me to confront who I really am and what I really want. With the season delayed, I trained and worked out. But I lacked the distraction that basketball had always provided.

The first relative I came out to was my aunt Teri, a superior court judge in San Francisco. Her reaction surprised me. "I've known you were gay for years," she said. From that moment on I was comfortable in my own skin. In her presence I ignored my censor button for the first time. She gave me support. The relief I felt was a sweet release. Imagine you're in the oven, baking. Some of us know and accept our sexuality right away and some need more time to cook. I should know -- I baked for 33 years.

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.

I realized I needed to go public when Joe Kennedy, my old roommate at Stanford and now a Massachusetts congressman, told me he had just marched in Boston's 2012 Gay Pride Parade. I'm seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I was proud of him for participating but angry that as a closeted gay man I couldn't even cheer my straight friend on as a spectator. If I'd been questioned, I would have concocted half truths. What a shame to have to lie at a celebration of pride. I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. I want to take a stand and say, "Me, too."
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:32 PM   #46
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Let's all keep an open mind about this. Just because he's a professional athlete, doesn't automatically make him a top in the relationship.
Exactly! A 7' bottom is probably more common than any of us realize.
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:34 PM   #47
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:34 PM   #48
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The reason why he's an idiot is not because he tweeted something terrible, its because the entire world is just breathlessly waiting for an athlete, somewhere, anywhere to say the slightest thing that might look like non-acceptance so they can jump all over his ass.

This should have been obvious to anyone who is not a complete moron. There is no upside, whatsoever, to speaking out unless it is somehow supportive.
Got these from Deadspin, Tony Parker's reaction on twitter to the Jason Collins news:

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Really hope people will RESPECT Jason Collins for his decision to come out. Just glad he can now relax and not be afraid to be who he is.
Bruce Bowen's reaction on twitter to the Jason Collins news:

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Really hope people will RESPECT Jason Collins for his decision to come out. Just glad he can now relax and not be afraid to be who he is.
Mike Wallace obviously doesn't use the same PR person.
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:42 PM   #49
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Why the **** would he even tweet that?
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:50 PM   #50
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This should have been obvious to anyone who is not a complete moron. There is no upside, whatsoever, to speaking out unless it is somehow supportive.
I know. Silence is golden. Do not DARE step out of bounds here. Everyone must agree.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:30 PM   #51
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His wife is decent. Nothing to go gaga over. And you make that statement about his wife after seeing every football player's wife in the league? Yeah right. You're just jealous she gets his dick and you don't. Alex Smith cocktroll.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:32 PM   #52
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His wife is decent. Nothing to go gaga over. .

Hilarious. Keep the jokes comin.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:39 PM   #53
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:42 PM   #54
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Hilarious. Keep the jokes comin.
It's not a joke. I honestly think blondes are less better looking than brunettes as a whole. Therefore she's decent to me.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:52 PM   #55
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Yeah right. You're just jealous she gets his dick and you don't.
What the hell is this?

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Old 04-29-2013, 06:11 PM   #56
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Funny he did all of this to get signed.


"oh noez! I came out and now no one will sign me!" If not...
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:42 PM   #57
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I know. Silence is golden. Do not DARE step out of bounds here. Everyone must agree.
well, yeah. Of course. If anyone actually does tweet or comment to the media something really offensive or derogatory about Collins, then before the week is out they will be branded the next John Rocker, and be a hated pariah for the rest of their career.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:46 PM   #58
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:47 PM   #59
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So a mediocre journeyman NBA player nearing the end of his career outs himself to the biggest sports mag around, getting a cover, huge story, and all kinds of coverage.

Yup I'm sure this is for all the right reasons...
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