"Even the Jocks Are Gay." Why Homosexual Athletes are Important

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Fri, May 3rd, 2013 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

In the Time Sports, Sean Gregory argues in favour of Jason Collins, "the first active male athlete to come out in major U.S. team sports." If coming out will not impact his athletic career, not only will this be "a huge victory for progress" but it will also conquer "the last bastion" of "male professional sports", and "extend gay kids a lifeline."

Assuming he gets an NBA job next year — at 34, Collins is an aging free agent — will his team embrace and accept him, and carry on as usual, to the point that pundits are breaking down his game, and not his sexuality, next season? Based on the overwhelming support of his peers — Dwyane Wade, Steve Nash, and many other players have fired off encouraging tweets, former coaches like Doc Rivers and Lawrence Frank lauded him — Collins should have no problem fitting in. “He’s a good dude,” says Washington Wizards center Emeka Okafor, who played with Collins in D.C. this season. “He’s got great character, a good sense of humor, he’s a good teammate and a hard worker. And in the NBA, that’s what we judge by. He’ll be accepted.”

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