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Jason Collins gives message to other athletes: ‘Be your true authentic self’ (VIDEO)

Feb 23, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT

Jason Collins met with the media in Los Angeles before his Nets faced the Lakers on Sunday, just hours after his signing to a 10-day contract with Brooklyn became official.

Collins answered questions for several minutes, though many of his comments were unremarkable, just as his story one day hopes to be.

The discussion overall was more about his return to basketball after essentially being 10 months removed from being a part of an NBA roster, and how he will navigate that road instead of the one he’s traveling as the first openly gay member of a major professional sports franchise.

Collins did, however, have a message for other athletes who may find themselves dealing with a challenging set of circumstances.

“My message to other athletes is to be yourself,” Collins said. “Be your true authentic self, and never be afraid to be your authentic self.”

The entire press conference with Collins from Staples Center can be seen in the video clip above.


  1. antistratfordian - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    That’s pretty good advice for those already sitting on a pile of money. For the rest of you: fake it ’til you make it.

    • reastnt - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      It’s good advice to everyone. He’s a real professional: “Focus on being positive and staying ready.” Knows his job now is to first learn their system and plays, focus on playing basketball.

    • money2long - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      Anti be your true self. You told you you like going to male gentlemen clubs. Do not hide that from the world

      • antistratfordian - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        you told you you like what who?

      • money2long - Feb 24, 2014 at 2:12 AM

        aw, you can’t understand hahaha typical

      • strictlythedanks - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:43 AM

        your not familiar with double you’s?

      • Kevin S. - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:45 AM

        I don’t think anybody could understand that gibberish.

  2. durno99 - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    I am being true and say I don’t agree with anything you say. So that makes me a bigot. So be it!!!!!!!! Not happy for you!!! You are not a role model…. Hashtag procreate!!!!

    • antistratfordian - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      We’re proud of you for acknowledging that you are a bigot. That’s the first step. By following Collins advice you have sent yourself down a path towards rehabilitation.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      And Durno, I agree it’s urgent that as many people procreate as possible because there’s a real shortage of humans on Earth right now. I think we’re down to like, our last 7,000,000,000 or so. Yeah, scary.

    • Kevin S. - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:47 AM

      If Jason Collins wants to procreate, he has plenty of options available to him.

  3. bballhistorian - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    I thought John Amechi was the 1st guy NBA player….

    • antistratfordian - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      He came out after he retired.

      • bballhistorian - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        Jason Collins came out as a free agent at the end of his game…where the difference. I would argue if he never came out and recieved all this attention, his career wouldve been done.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        Collins is still an active player. Amechi was retired for several years before he came out.

  4. football58 - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    This will have a profound effect on the Nets offensive philosophy. Its expected that they will incorporate more of a Brokeback Mountain style of play where they penetrate and kick out.

    Signed Phil Jackson

  5. southsidegroovin281 - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    The fact that he likes his “back blown out” or likes to bite pillows has nothing to do with game of basketball. No one cares what you do in your personal life.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      He’s never talked about his intimate private life. But if he’s photographed out on a date at a public venue, we know to expect him to be with a man, not a woman. That is about all he’s told us. The rest is no one’s business.

      • southsidegroovin281 - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        Announcing you’re gay is all the intimacy I need to know. I can fill in the blanks from there.

      • jerze2387 - Feb 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        He made it everybodys business by making a whole article about the fact, and the resulting media circus. Its not our business until its shoved in our damn faces non stop.

        Insist on making it our business and a spectacle, then dont get mad and surprised when thats exactly what it becomes.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        No Jerze, you don’t seem to understand the large difference between sexual orientation (straight, gay, bisexual) and preferences (other intimate details such as favorite positions, toys, etc). If one of his teammates says “Unlike Jayson, I’m straight” will you insist he’s shoving that in our “damn faces nonstop”? Will you also insist that the teammate is forcing you to ponder all the intimate details of his sexual habits with women?

  6. mtheparrothead - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    About as great advice as you’d get at a 3 doors down concert I’m sure. Thanks captain positive!!

  7. billtetley53 - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    money, You should probably leave the jokes to people that are actually, you know…..funny. Just a thought.

  8. daddyghi - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Abercrombie & Fitch now needs to take a look at the potential of NBA market and should start to consider selling basketball gears.

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