This is great news. He is the first openly gay player in the NBA.
And now the story about that is done. I was hoping he’d get this chance and now that the chance is here, let’s stop talking about it. Let’s focus on him as a basketball player.
We’ve matured as a society where something like this should not be major news anymore. Still good news, but not something that should linger.
I’m happy for him and hope he stays longer than 10 days.
Is this right?
A couple of my friends brought this comic to my attention this past week. I’ve seen it before but I didn’t think much of it. It was stupid and it misrepresented what the media has done in their coverage of Tim Tebow and Jason Collins. But my friends’ reactions to the comic is what concerned me because their reaction in a way believed that the comic told the truth. Or in a sense, that there was a convoluted difference between the two.
Here’s the thing. Jason Collins coming out is nothing ordinary. He is a pioneer, if you want to use that word. He was brave, a hero, if you want to use those words. Whatever you want to call it, he was the first to do something that we knew eventually would happen. It just took one person to get the ball rolling. He did. With all that prejudice that comes with being a gay athlete, it’s an intriguing storyline and it’s worth covering.
In a way, the media in what I have seen, has covered it the way it should have. They’ve gotten reactions from gay people. They’ve gotten reactions from former teammates. The discussion for the most part has been good and the media has done well in it. There have been some mistakes here and there, but the media did exactly right in my opinion on covering it. (And the for the most part, it used the right words and reactions to it also.)
Jason Collins has come out and I hope that this becomes a movement in the right direction.
I remember watching Jason Collins play ball at Stanford. He was pretty good. He and his twin brother both went into the NBA and had pretty decent careers. I hadn’t followed Jason recently and I didn’t even know he was still active.
But when I noticed his name was being talked about on Twitter, I remembered him and wanted to see what had happened. When I found out that he had made it public that he was gay, I smiled. And when I realized that he was still an active player, it made me want to stand up and cheer.
The thing about this move is that Collins becomes the first active player in the four major American sports to do this. More importantly, with the NBA playoffs underway, this might have been the perfect timing and wake up call for the country.