This makes him the first, currently playing athlete in pro sports to come forward with such an admission. At SEVEN FECKING FEET TALL, bruhhman can be whatever the FECK he wants! He grew up in L.A.
Now, certainly, as in any family, there are those who had to have known among his teammates. Yet the man has chosen, now, to express his truth.
Why would he risk such a public statement--- and why now?
The NBA doesn't seem to have a problem with it!
NBA Commissioner David Stern statement on Jason Collins' announcement todayOfficial Release
Posted Apr 29, 2013 12:00 PM
NEW YORK -- NBA Commissioner David Stern issued the following statement this morning regarding Washington Wizards center Jason Collins announcement today:
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"As Adam Silver and I said to Jason, we have known the Collins family since Jason and Jarron joined the NBA in 2001 and they have been exemplary members of the NBA family. Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue."
Neither Does The First Lady
Neither did Kobe Bryant.
"I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, "I'm different." If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand"
"What does Jason want out of this? He wants to live his life. He wants a relationship, he wants a family, he wants to settle down. He wants to move forward with his personal life while maintaining his life as a professional basketball player. That's all, really."
"I won't lie. I had no idea. We talked, he answered my questions, I hugged him and I digested what he had told me. At the end of the day, this is what matters: He's my brother, he's a great guy, and I want him to be happy. I'll love him and I'll support him and, if necessary, I'll protect him."
"The first relative I came out to was my aunt Teri, a superior court judge in San Francisco. Her reaction surprised me. "I've known you were gay for years," she said. From that moment on I was comfortable in my own skin. In her presence I ignored my censor button for the first time. She gave me support. The relief I felt was a sweet release. Imagine you're in the oven, baking. Some of us know and accept our sexuality right away and some need more time to cook. I should know -- I baked for 33 years."
President Bill Clinton (Click to enlarge):
WHAT!?!?!??!!??! The Earth Remains in Orbit!?
All the "Chicken Littles" of the world are just going to have to sit down and come to grips with the fact that it's GAME OVER, for bigotry, bias, homophobia (or it's tacit acceptance as a matter of course.
Not one straight person on the planet is going to suddenly become gay as a result of this announcement. Mr Collins comes from a good family. Evidently one of acceptance, love, respect and courage.
It is time for the other LGBT Pro-Athletes to come forward. To be proud and to stand in their truth. It's about time it happened, really. When any humans, live in the grips of secrecy and fear, we all hurt. There is, clearly, great respect for the man, and his talent and record. He'll keep his job. He may lose some fans, but are they they kind of people he'd want as fans in the first place. If he gets the ball in the basket, that is all that matters!
I suspect that Jason would have made the same move, because he seems to be a man of integrity, confidence and inner-strength.
The sky is NOT falling... and the sun will still rise!
Bravo Jason, and to your brother, bosses, management, family, friends and fans.
Thank you for showing that, basically, it's no big WHOOP!
Live your life! Find your LOVE! Walk in your TRUTH!
Have a nice day!