Mark Cuban Says He Would Be Honored to Have Jason Collins On His Team
When Mark Cuban learned that Jason Collins had come out of the closet. he thought it would be a breakthrough moment in the history of sport and basketball.
“Good for Jason. I hope this opens the door for other players to be honest about who they are,” Cuban wrote to ESPN.
He also told TMZ that he would be “honored” to have the first out pro player on his team. This was before Collins came out.
“I think things have changed, significantly, in that the players would accept him,” Cuban told TMZ. “All professional sports have had their homophobic missteps along the way; it’s a new era, a new generation and the player would be accepted. I think we are starting, at least on the edges, to break down those barriers. This shouldn’t be a big deal.”
Cuban is such an enigma to basketball fans; I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who feels lukewarm about Cuban. You either love him or you hate him and I believe I have been in both camps at different times. You have to love him for this though; he has been a very vocal supportr of gay rights in the past
The 34-year-old center Collins averaged 1.1 points, 1.6 rebounds this year; some have said that him coming out will mean that he will probably not play for another team. I hope that is not true.
Rick Carlisle apparently would be open to Collins joining the team he said Collines was “pure class on and off the court. I applaud Jason’s announcement and view it as a further demonstration of his strength and character.”
So do I.