Today is a historic day for the sports world, and the NBA in particular.
From Jason Collins’ first person story set to run in the next 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.”
He also writes,
“I’ve been asked how other players will respond to my announcement. The simple answer is, I have no idea. I’m a pragmatist. I hope for the best, but plan for the worst.”
“The most you can do is stand up for what you believe in. I’m much happier since coming out to my friends and family. Being genuine and honest makes me happy.”
Good for Collins for feeling comfortable enough to open up this private part of his life to the rest of the world.
Unfortunately, there will be small-minded, bigoted people who attack Collins for this. But if his story is any indication, Collins is certainly capable of dealing with them and their hateful ways.
And as the early reaction shows, there is a lot of support for Collins.
— Baron Davis (@Baron_Davis) April 29, 2013
— Earl J Watson (@Earl_Watson) April 29, 2013
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 29, 2013