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Jason Collins Becomes First Openly Gay Major Sports Athlete By Checking Into Game

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By:           Chris Bull
On:           Feb 23, 2014
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  • 16 Comments
    • NG22
      NG22

      Really classy of the Lakers fans to show him respect like that. I’m not so sure if Oklahoma City fans would’ve done the same thing.

      Feb 23, 2014 at 10:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • yaoming
      yaoming

      Way to get the jump on Michael Sam.
      Just hope he didn’t break a sweat because he couldn’t possibly expect to use the same showers as all the other straight players, could he?

      Feb 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      It’s about frickin’ time! Hopefully this will open the gates of sports to ALL qualified sports people and not just the ‘jocks’!

      Feb 23, 2014 at 11:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aric
      Aric

      We’ve all just witnessed history, ladies and gentleman.

      Feb 23, 2014 at 11:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tjr101
      tjr101

      Well done, and the Brooklyn Nets won too!

      Feb 23, 2014 at 11:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • myrdraal2001
      myrdraal2001

      Why aren’t any of you guys giving any credit to Robbie Rogers? Doesn’t the MLS (Major League Soccer) count for you? He has been out and playing for the LA Galaxy since last year. This doesn’t mean that it isn’t a big thing for basketball, but soccer IS a sport and it IS major league.

      Feb 24, 2014 at 12:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kangol
      Kangol

      Jason Collins and the Brooklyn Nets, making history! Congrats to both, and to the NBA too. All in all, a net good for our country!

      (And pretty cool that he follows in the footsteps of Jackie Robinson, who broke another major barrier with a Brooklyn team back in 1947!)

      Feb 24, 2014 at 12:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JDJase
      JDJase

      @myrdraal2001: In America, no. If it isn’t football, basketball, or Nascar, Americans don’t give a shit.

      I love Robbie though. And I’d prefer soccer over football/basketball (and of course I say this as a swimmer, one of those other sports nobody give a shit about lol)

      Feb 24, 2014 at 1:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Respect4all
      Respect4all

      @Kangol: Yay Brooklyn. From a Brooklynite. I guess the Nets wanted to get the jump on the NFL. What’s with a 10-day contract?

      Feb 24, 2014 at 1:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Geoff B
      Geoff B

      Awesome! I’m not a huge NBA fan, but am thrilled for him just the same. Hopefully it’ll become more than a 10 day contract and become a long term deal. Mr.Collins, I wish you all the sucess in the world and may your talent and class shut the naysayers up once and for all. I live in an area without an NBA franchise, but if a long term deal comes of it, I’ll be proud to be a Brooklyn fan and proud to buy your jersey!

      Feb 24, 2014 at 3:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jar
      jar

      I hate to not join in on the celebration, but this smacks of tokenism. It’s a little too convenient that a flailing Nets team (that can’t sell any seats to its games, given its dismal record) has decided to use this stunt to garner publicity and possibly sell tickets. Let our athletes rise on their merits (and not be stifled because of their orientation). That does not mean I cannot applaud and be happy for Jason Collins.
      The one good thing about this spectacle is that it may take a lot of attention and heat off of Sams’s sexuality as the draft approaches.

      Feb 24, 2014 at 8:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Black Pegasus
      Black Pegasus

      I’m not against Jason Collins, but I have to question the timing of the team and their true motives. Michael Sam is the true trailblazer in my view.

      Feb 24, 2014 at 10:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sportyguy1983
      sportyguy1983

      The fact it was a 10 day contract speaks volumes about this being a publicity stunt. I just hope that when he doesn’t get resigned at the end of this contract because he the novelty is over and he isn’t producing (which is the reason why he was released before coming out) that the gay activists don’t scream homophobia.

      Feb 24, 2014 at 10:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kangol
      Kangol

      @Respect4all:

      The 10-day contract is standard because unless a team is sure it wants to sign a player for the season, it can offer two successive 10-day contracts and not have to commit for the season. The Nets may decide they need Collins’s services and keep him on through the playoffs, which would mean a contract through June (or whenever the season ends).

      @Black Pegasus:

      I hear you, but I still think Collins’s signing and play last night was hugely significant. He came out before Sam, and while still an active player. He is now playing in one of the four major US team sports. It’s a groundbreaking act, and it wouldn’t have been possible if he hadn’t come out last spring. Where are the rest of the gay NBA players? He surely isn’t the only one!

      Feb 24, 2014 at 11:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Respect4all
      Respect4all

      @Kangol: Thanks for the explanation. I don’t know much about the NBA.

      Feb 24, 2014 at 11:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alterego1980
      alterego1980

      The Lakers issued 50 more media passes to the game than usual. But about half the stadium didn’t realize or care about the momentous occasion when he checked in. This is great news. It shows everyone that the world doesn’t end if a pro player really is gay.

      Feb 24, 2014 at 5:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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