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“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.
I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport,” Collins says a first-person article. “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.”
So the zzzzzz news is that Washington Wizard Jason Collins is gay. The shocking news is finding out he’s still in the league! Jokes aside, this is a huge moment. A moment huge enough that some people are calling it a Jackie Robinson moment and not just because they went to see 42 this past weekend.
For the most part, everybody, from Kobe to Doc Rivers to Barry Sanders to Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld and even former president Bill Clinton, have made statements and tweets today to show their support for Collins.
The most shocking statement I heard today didn’t come from a player announcing that he was gay but a respected ESPN professional having a WTF moment on TV by saying being Gay an ‘Open Rebellion To God’
Here’s his full quote
“Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly … like premarital sex between heterosexuals. If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says ‘you know them by their fruits.’ It says that, you know, that’s a sin,” Broussard said during a segment that also included gay ESPN columnist LZ Granderson. “And if you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality — adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals — whatever it may be, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. So I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I don’t think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian.”
I’m not going to get into religion here but I will say that I full support Collins and my only issue with him is that I wish he and Richard Jefferson weren’t traded to the Nets for Eddie Griffin (RIP) but I guess that wasn’t his fault and you can’t blame or hate a person for something that is not their fault.
Read more at http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/ and in the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated coming out on the 6th of May.
Read Yahoo’s Kelly Dwyers’s article on topic at http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/espn-chris-broussard-clarifies-views-jason-collins-don-221941033.html
Gay young men and women have an impossibly tough time growing up and attempting to fit in, even as our culture shifts to become a more tolerant society. The last thing they need is to see someone like Chris Broussard, who ESPN (and by extension, the NBA) trusts as its voice both at games and in-studio, to be referring to them as sinners who are in “open rebellion to God.”