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Old 04-29-2013, 09:48 PM   #16
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Re: Active NBA Player Jason Collins Reveals Himself To Be Gay

I live in DC and I was like, "Jason who?" Doesn't help that he's playing for the crappiest NBA team ever.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:19 PM   #17
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I don't think so.

Honestly I think by this time next week, nobody's going to care. I could understand if he was like... Kobe level popular, that would be a circus. But some bench warmer who can barely score 6 ppg? Nah.
Lol well dang rave u didn't have to say he's a scrub... True though
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:28 AM   #18
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Sadly my first thought after I kind of realized who it was came in the form of "Isn't that the guy thats rated a 53 on NBA 2K13?" Still good for him coming out. Even somewhat classier that he did it as a free agent and not in the middle of a season. I hope someone signs him this offseason.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:58 AM   #19
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Don't care. Not a news story. Don't give a shit about his sexuality. Might as well have a breaking news about his height, weight, and race. Only bigots think this is ground breaking.


edit: It's still a better story than anything Tim Tebow related. **** that guy...seriously.
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I don't think so.

Honestly I think by this time next week, nobody's going to care. I could understand if he was like... Kobe level popular, that would be a circus. But some bench warmer who can barely score 6 ppg? Nah.
Good for him....

But I'm going to stop before calling him the first "active" player to come out... because he's a free agent now, and he was barley playing as it is.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:08 PM   #21
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Don't care. Not a news story. Don't give a shit about his sexuality. Might as well have a breaking news about his height, weight, and race. Only bigots think this is ground breaking.


edit: It's still a better story than anything Tim Tebow related. **** that guy...seriously.

Im not sure if you read Collins' article, but he also made an announcement about his race:

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I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:21 PM   #22
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Anyone else think that Jason Collins is trying to make some money on this? A journeyman free agent, at the end of his career who makes the point of brining up the fact that he still wants to play basketball in his op-ed/announcement. Would you take the over or under on him coming out with a book within one year?
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:39 PM   #23
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Anyone else think that Jason Collins is trying to make some money on this? A journeyman free agent, at the end of his career who makes the point of brining up the fact that he still wants to play basketball in his op-ed/announcement. Would you take the over or under on him coming out with a book within one year?
Not in the least. I think he's trying to pave the way for others after he's gone. Doing it while he's still active could give others the courage to just be themselves.
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How much would he really stand to make off a book?

Doesn't seem worth it to stick his neck out there.

He's probably done ok for himself in the NBA, no?

He's done some basketball camps in my area, he has some family around here, he seems like a genuine dude.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:54 PM   #25
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I think I should rephrase my question because I have no idea who this guy is character wise. And Matty I think youre right, there probably is only little to gain financially by writing a book, but honestly would you take the over or under on 1 one year?

I think the question I should have asked is: What does Jason Collins have to gain considering his new found celebrity? And considering the times we live in, does he have anything to lose?

This article does a pretty good job of summing up how I feel (and perhaps NCSkins, considering his initial comments?):

Jason Collins: How Sports Illustrated Created A Contrived Nonstory About A Gay Basketball Player

The only thing I disagree with IB Times on is that I think we will hear from him again in a couple days. I think he parlays this into a post NBA sports career or perhaps a political career.
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I say good for him if he spins in to something positive for himself. It still takes courage as a male athlete to come out. Hopefully more will follow. The quicker they do the quicker we can put this in the past and move on.
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I don't think so.

Honestly I think by this time next week, nobody's going to care. I could understand if he was like... Kobe level popular, that would be a circus. But some bench warmer who can barely score 6 ppg? Nah.
I think it's one of those stories that's going to have legs. While the good will far outweigh the negative I see this being a storyline that's going to follow him.

Off the top off head I see a 30 for 30, outside the lines, random non sports media stories, and a firestorm when someone from the stands says something stupid. An even bigger firestorm if its an opposing player. I see him and his teammates being asked for comment every time something political happens at the state and federal level. Even stupid shit like, does it feel different playing in a state that allows gay marriage? Do you get extra motivation playing against X player because he didn't march? I don't think it will be malicious, however I do think it will be constant.
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Anyone else think that Jason Collins is trying to make some money on this? A journeyman free agent, at the end of his career who makes the point of brining up the fact that he still wants to play basketball in his op-ed/announcement. Would you take the over or under on him coming out with a book within one year?
Na, I think he's made his money. At this point what does he really have to gain? I really do believe that this was about him being himself.
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Don't care. Not a news story. Don't give a shit about his sexuality. Might as well have a breaking news about his height, weight, and race. Only bigots think this is ground breaking.


edit: It's still a better story than anything Tim Tebow related. **** that guy...seriously.
Can you expound upon this? It's certainly not ground breaking that a gay male is playing on a professional sports team. It is a first that he's actually out while still being active (not retired, like John Amaechi).

If it's not ground breaking, it's certainly more than "not a news" story- it's lead sports headlines, morning talk shows and talk radio for the past few days. Two Presidents also thought it was enough of a landmark moment to actually call Collins. I'm not sure how everyone else's social media networks look, but a diverse cross section of my friends are commenting on this story (including those not even into sports).
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:14 AM   #30
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I say good for him if he spins in to something positive for himself. It still takes courage as a male athlete to come out. Hopefully more will follow. The quicker they do the quiThe cker we can put this in the past and move on.

Exactly the way I feel. If he doesn't capitalize on this than he's a complete idiot, imho.

Im taking the under on a book coming out in 1 year. I will also take the bet that he ends up playing next year. And I see an attempt at politics in his future. Possibly a short stint at broadcasting.
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