Everyone knows who Jason Collins is nowadays. The 35-year-old center is the first openly gay NBA player in history and he has been in the news a lot lately because of his contract with the Brooklyn Nets — giving him his first shot at the NBA as an openly gay player. However, his road hasn’t been as perfect as everyone had hoped as he claims one opposing player has hurled gay slurs at him.
Sure, the NBA might not have been completely ready for a gay play, sadly, but it looks like the league has accepted Collins for who he is and he says he has been blown away by that aspect of his stint with the Nets. Heck, even the Nets, who signed him to a 10-day contract originally, have made him a valuable member of the team by signing him for the rest of the season.
However, one player who Collins calls a ‘knucklehead’ didn’t take too kindly to him joining back up with the NBA:
“He’s a knucklehead. So I just let it go. Again, that goes back to controlling what you can control. That’s how I conduct myself just being professional.”
This is just one drop in the ocean, but it’s sad that some players can’t let the player play and leave that stuff out of sight and out of mind.
No one likes to hear about gay slurs being thrown around — especially at a player who had the courage to come out in front of millions of people.
Looks like America still has a long way to go.
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