The Talker: NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay - Fox 2 News Headlines

The Talker: NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

For a number of years now in many--if not most parts--of American life, people who are gay have been honest about who they are, and accepted for who they are; but, not in America's biggest sports leagues.

The NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB have never had an active player say publicly that he is gay. Until now.

The basketball player Jason Collins has told his story. His first-person narrative in Sports Illustrated begins: "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black and I'm gay."

Collins said lying about his sexuality for 12 NBA seasons took enormous energy and made him miserable, but he felt his world would fall apart if anyone knew the truth.

In more recent years, he wanted to tell the truth, but did not want to be a distraction to the teams he played on. Then, two big things happened.

First: he's not on a team. He's a free agent, so he's in-between teams. So for the moment, he represents only himself.

The second thing was the Boston Marathon bombing. Collins writes the bombing: "...reinforced the notion that I shouldn't wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully?"

Up until now, the perception was that a gay athlete in one of the biggest sports leagues would not be accepted by his teammates. Some straight athletes have said that. But, things have been changing quickly and the reaction to Collins has been overwhelmingly positive among pro-athletes.

Kobe Bryant tweeted, "Proud of Jason Collins. Don't suffocate who you are because of the ignorance of others.

NBA player Steve Nash tweeted: "The time has come. Maximum respect."

One negative remark came from football player Mike Wallace who said, "All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys." He later deleted the tweet and wrote: "Never said anything was right or wrong. I just said I don't understand! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended."

Follow Us!

Share Your Sports Photos & Video

Submit Your Sports Photos
  • SportsMore>>

  • Cubs honor Jackie Robinson West little leaguers

    Cubs honor Jackie Robinson West little leaguers

    The Chicago Cubs are tipping their hats to a championship team at Wrigley Field: The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars.
    The Chicago Cubs are tipping their hats to a championship team at Wrigley Field: The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars.
  • Fowles leads Sky past Fever in 2OT to even series

    Fowles leads Sky past Fever in 2OT to even series

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:32 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:32:17 GMT
    Sylvia Fowles scored 27 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 86-84 in two overtimes to even the best-of-three Eastern Conference finals on Monday.
    Sylvia Fowles scored 27 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 86-84 in two overtimes to even the best-of-three Eastern Conference finals on Monday.
  • Castillo, Valbuena help Cubs beat Brewers 4-2

    Castillo, Valbuena help Cubs beat Brewers 4-2

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:37:23 GMT
    Welington Castillo homered and drove in three runs, Luis Valbuena also hit a home run and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Monday.
    Welington Castillo homered and drove in three runs, Luis Valbuena also hit a home run and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Monday.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices