Skip to comments.Jason Collins, Openly Gay and Still Unsigned, Waits and Wonders
Posted on 10/10/2013 7:04:28 PM PDT by mykroar
LOS ANGELES Since making the announcement last spring that he is a gay professional basketball player, Jason Collins has been widely praised, received much support and made many new friends. But with training camp for a new season under way, he has been waiting for a call from an N.B.A. team. Any N.B.A. team.
When Collins, 34, a 7-foot center, wrote his coming-out cover story for Sports Illustrated my declaration, he said he proudly spoke of having been called a pros pro for his team-first, lunch-pail style. Never a star, he has nonetheless had a career spanning 12 years and 6 teams after four years at Stanford, where he played with his twin, Jarron.
Thats how I still consider myself, he said Wednesday in his first interview since N.B.A. training camps opened last month without his participation. Sure, Ive picked up another title. But I feel thats always who Im going to be that person who sets a good example, who represents the sport and is an asset to my team and a role model for other players.
The question Collins has to ponder is why he has not been signed as a free agent. Is it because he is at best a marginal player with modest career statistics (3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds a game) nearing the end of his career, one who would cost more than a younger player based on the leagues collectively bargained pay scale? Or is there something more sinister at work related to the new role he would play?
Collins did not dismiss the latter notion or address it.
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And then the article continues on ad nauseam doing exactly that.
He should go get a pick up game with Obama and Reggie Love.
“Or is there something more sinister at work”
Yes, those 2000 year old apprehensions of indecency are so sinister. I can imagine a James Bond movie where 007 faces off against the homophobic NBA officials who won’t sign this poor guy.
Or play "horse" with Magic Johnson.
Looks like those two fellas are waiting for Jason Collins! Three is NOT a crowd in the bathhouse.
sinister? Sinister?? because nobody wants a filthy queer on their team it's SINISTER???
go 0bama yourself...
May favorite part of the Slimes article.
“Another advocate for gay athletes, Hudson Taylor, the executive director of Athlete Ally, wrote in an e-mail: The decision to sign him rests with individual team owners. One of them has to step up.
Now somebody HAS to sign crappy players just to indulge delusions that sodomy doesn’t rub most people the wrong way. This entire agenda seems to be predicated upon erecting a fantasy land.
It sounds like the “openly gay” NBA lifestyle isn’t working out for Joyce. “In Your Face” bull**** does tend to grate on normal people’s nerves.
Jason Collins is a fourth-rate, bench-warming, garbage-time mop-up scrub.
That’s why he’s without a team.
Amazing that all but a couple of the commenters saw through the PC hype... even in the New York Times... and called him what he was: a mediocre-at-his-best center who was way, way, way past his prime. “Two baskets a game for someone who stands under the basket?”
well Collins maybe you should have kept your filthy trap shut
It sounds like he isn’t a professional basketball player any more.
“Jason Collins is a fourth-rate, bench-warming, garbage-time mop-up scrub.”
Seems like the first time anyone ever heard of this ‘tard was when he told his long term female fiancé that he was gay. About the time he started seeking a new contract to play basketball.
He’s a never was wanna be that is looking for “cough” fame.
Sucks to be his fiancé.
Poor quality player that only came out in hopes some team would pick him up for the gayfirmative action.
Sorry Jason, the NBA still counts play quality over political points.
Sounds like the trendy summer of steamy man love attention whoring has ended for Jason Collins.
Now he gets to enjoy life out of the closet, even of he was never in the closet to begin with.