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Monday, April 29, 2013

NBA Player Comes Out: "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."

Posted by on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 8:36 AM


This is a big fucking deal.


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MacCrocodile 1
Good, good. Soon, we will completely undermine all that is good and American.

Next on the Gay Agenda: apple pie.
Posted by MacCrocodile on April 29, 2013 at 8:44 AM · Report this
Apocynum 2
Don't you mean apple torte with a caramel drizzle?
Posted by Apocynum on April 29, 2013 at 8:51 AM · Report this
"The Gay Athlete" is a profoundly strange headline.
Posted by The CHZA on April 29, 2013 at 8:52 AM · Report this
Confluence 4
Posted by Confluence on April 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM · Report this
AFinch 5
Not sure which is more remarkable: that SI (of red-blooded het swimsuit issue fame) did this or that an active athlete came out. Both are quite huge.
Posted by AFinch on April 29, 2013 at 9:01 AM · Report this
@ 5 Wait why can't a magazine with a swimsuit issue be gay friendly?
Posted by Seattle14 on April 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 7
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on April 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM · Report this
@3: Yeah, really. Weird use of the definite article.
Posted by Eric from Boulder on April 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM · Report this
Kinison 9
Straight players talking about possible gay players coming out = Controversy Gold!

Gay players coming out of the closet to the press = Boring.

Hay maybe we can get some Sacramento King players to say something bad about gay marriage?
Posted by Kinison on April 29, 2013 at 9:07 AM · Report this
since Collins is a free agent, maybe the Seattle Supersonics can get him on the roster for next season!
Posted by pat L on April 29, 2013 at 9:25 AM · Report this
@5 How can you be sure he's active?

Oh, you mean actively playing. Nevermind, my bad.
Posted by ProstSeattle on April 29, 2013 at 9:28 AM · Report this
Gern Blanston 12
Well, Kobe Bryant's on his side so far, so that's a pretty good start.

Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU

— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 29, 2013

Posted by Gern Blanston on April 29, 2013 at 9:50 AM · Report this
gcm 13
THE Gay Athlete - like Highlander, there can be only one! Looking forward to the swordfight to the death with his next challenger.
Posted by gcm on April 29, 2013 at 10:16 AM · Report this
AFinch 14
@6 - there is no reason they can't be - I'll survey my lesbian friends to see if they too felt about it the way I did as a teenager in the 80s, but I'm kind of doubting that; ditto my gay friends.

No, in all seriousness, there is no reason for them to not be gay-friendly, and I'm really happy for SI that they are and have taken this up, but no question: it is proof the cultural center has shifted.
Posted by AFinch on April 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM · Report this
Tim Horton 15
Yawn. Speaking as a mid-30s straight male ex-jock and current sports junkie, I don't see this as that groundbreaking. Most people my age and younger grew up around openly gay people. We all pretty much knew who the gay guys were on my hockey/football teams. All that has changed is the political climate to allow them to come out.

That being said, the fact that most people would shrug their shoulders is a big deal.
Posted by Tim Horton on April 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM · Report this
@15 Living in the closet is never easy and it only gets more painful when you're in the sexual prime of your 20s and 30s and are trapped there. The big deal is that it takes one person to change the climate. Now that hopefully, finally, pro athletes can be out, they won't have to live such miserable private lives. They can also be role models for gay youth that are currently playing sports. Those kids will know there can be a place for them, even in the big leagues. That's also a big deal.
Posted by Lumpmoose on April 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM · Report this
Jaymz 17
This will be an even bigger deal when we see more "who? He's not even that good.." kind of shit, because it would mean that it's only noteworthy when a STAR athlete decides to reveal a same sex orientation! (Actually, a MALE star, since we've already become more inured to lesbian athletes, overall....)
Posted by Jaymz on April 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM · Report this
He's 7 feet tall...swoon!
Posted by Jersey on April 29, 2013 at 11:02 AM · Report this
biffp 19
@1, so you are a Rand Paul libertarian? Armed guards in elementary schools, drones over America and suspending the rights of a US citizen because someone said America is the battlefield aren't threats to the democracy. However, one gay basketball player somehow threats your pursuit of happiness?
Posted by biffp on April 29, 2013 at 11:14 AM · Report this
blip 20
He's cute.
Posted by blip on April 29, 2013 at 11:14 AM · Report this
@19: You may have misread @1.
Posted by Eric from Boulder on April 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 22
I blame all these people coming out for the opening of a new restaurant at NE 44th half a block W of University Way which serves Steak and Eggs.

I mean, seriously, what's next?
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 29, 2013 at 11:39 AM · Report this
Pick1 23
@1 I have already switched from saying "I'm gayer than a fanny pack" to "I'm gayer than apple pie."

It should catch on any moment.
Posted by Pick1 on April 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM · Report this
@15: this is a big deal, a very big deal, because despite folks your age and younger being OK with this, how many professional team sports athletes your age and younger have come out to their teammates who, incidentally, are also your age or younger? I hear you but I think your comment is that it SHOULD generate a "yawn" or hopefully, soon, announcements like these will generate "yawns" but we are not there yet.

Jason Collins is, in some ways, the perfect athlete to start this. He has made his money (thus mitigating the risk that the response is for teams to stay away from him), is a well-established pro but not a star. His announcement generates support from star athletes (Kobe and others) which will make it more likely that a star will come out (and that will be paradigm-shifting) and that, if not the floodgates, a number of other gay players will come out. Been a fan of his and his twin brother, Jarron, from their days at Stanford. Now a big fan of his courage.
Posted by From the South (as in CA) on April 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM · Report this
biffp 25
@21, I didn't misread it, just didn't realize gays are ruining 'traditional American values' was a joke. Seems a little cocky considering nothing has been decided by the US Supreme Court. Whatever, good one.
Posted by biffp on April 29, 2013 at 12:29 PM · Report this
Tim Horton 26
@24 - You are right - not one of my teammates growing up were out of the closet. I hope I didn't imply that Collins' announcement wasn't courageous.

Anyway, Tim Tebow got cut by the Jets, so teh Gays were + 1 NBA gay and -1 NFL gay. Gay neutral as far as sports world is concerned.
Posted by Tim Horton on April 29, 2013 at 12:56 PM · Report this
@19, 25

The use of irony to mock or convey contempt.

And, of course, our dear friend MacCrocodile was conveying contempt for the Chicken Little alarmists.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on April 29, 2013 at 1:14 PM · Report this
SoapMacTavish 28
Awesome news. John Amaechi was close to coming out, he sort of did to his team mates which is what made his relationship with Jerry "Modern Man" Sloan so strained and shortened his NBA career. I wish Jason Collins all the best, not an easy thing to do.
Posted by SoapMacTavish on April 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM · Report this
raindrop 29
I yearn for the day when coming out by sports stars or celebrities is so boring and uneventful that it doesn't make the news.
Posted by raindrop on April 29, 2013 at 1:51 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 30
@29 - Me too actually. But until that day, we should celebrate the wins.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on April 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM · Report this
Welcome to Freedom, Jason. The closet is hell.
Posted by kwodell on April 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM · Report this
biffp 32
@27, say thanks for understanding, see you next Tuesday.
Posted by biffp on April 29, 2013 at 6:19 PM · Report this
BrotherBob 33
@15, if it is such a "yawn" why aren't ALL the gay pros coming out?BTW "We all knew who the gay guys were" is SCARY to me, the gay guy. Tell me, how did you treat them?
Posted by BrotherBob on April 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM · Report this
You may want to consult a doctor, because a stick appears to be lodged so deeply in your ass that it can only be removed surgically.
Posted by DrVanNostrand on May 1, 2013 at 12:53 AM · Report this
So now gay teens can aspire to a career in professional sports, put hours and hours each week into athletics instead of academics and then the 1 in 7,000 who make it can tempt the next generation down the same path?

I'm being unfair, because of course they can always fall back on those lucrative jobs as middle school PE teachers and Jazzercise instructors at local gyms in order to pay the rent.

This IS good news and it DOES help. But I'd rather there was a Nobel Laureate coming out.
Posted by DAVIDinKENAI on May 2, 2013 at 8:57 AM · Report this
@35: if the odds of making it as a professional athlete is 1-in-7000, what are the odds of winning a Nobel Prize? I'd guess that they are longer but since you were trying to illustrate your point, you must know.

And this is not about a gay kid to change his life goals to be like Jason Collins. It is about gay and straight kids - and adults - becoming more comfortable with who they are and how they see others. A gay Nobel Laureate? That would be great (perhaps there is one already) just like it is great for my kids to learn of gay doctors, lawyers, politicians, actors, engineers, teachers, etc. (even PE teachers; even Jazzercise instructors; even unpaid volunteers)

Aspiring athletes will be no more tempted by Jason Collins than they were already. They will be inspired to be - publicly - who they are with less fear of reprisals. At least I hope they will be.
Posted by From the South (as in CA) on May 2, 2013 at 10:38 AM · Report this
Yay!!! I'm very happy for Mr. Jason Collins. Hopefully his career will still be just as great. Although I will say I don't actually follow sports, BUT I thought Brittney Griner was the first person to come out as gay while still playing?
Posted by Sammi on May 16, 2013 at 7:19 PM · Report this

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