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Reactions from around sports world to Jason Collins playing as gay man

Feb 24, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

Jeremy Lin‘s reaction above to Jason Collins signing then playing with the Brooklyn Nets — becoming the first openly gay player in America’s four major sports — is pretty much the norm. They are happy to see the barrier broken and done for basketball reasons.

NBA players are younger than the average American and if you look at polling on gay marriage or a host of other gay-rights issues, most younger people — regardless of if they are in a red or blue state — are far more “live and let live” than older generations. Their world view is far more libertarian on social issues. Not shockingly, most NBA players aren’t really concerned if there is a gay man on their team so long as he can play and help the squad. It’s more nuanced than that, but most players are fine with the idea.

You saw that in the reactions of players such as Kobe Bryant — which we brought you before — and others around the world of sports.

  1. fatcamper - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Jason Collins is a gay? This is the first I’ve heard of this….don’t care. He is still old and slow.

  2. shuttaman1990 - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Tom Thibodeau: “I just know Jason as a person and a player, and that’s what I’m happy about it. He’s earned it, he deserves it.”—

    lmao are you kidding me? earned the right to play over someone else like a d-league player by doing what?
    not by his skills that have never been that impactful, and that are let me say…. been ON THE DECLINE SINCES HE’S OLD!
    How did he earn himself a roster spot I wonder….

    Anyways him sucking too much(no pun NO PUN) last night vs the lakers with his 5 fouls in 11 minutes and zero points didn’t lead to a Lakers win which would have hurt their draft stock.
    Yes it’s tank season so what we have no choice everybody hurt and D’antoni is a bum coach..

    we still crushed the nets by sweeping those bums in the finals they can go play somehwere with their retirement team HOLLA!
    Lakers all day rings in yo face and you hating it!

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      He was a plus 8. It was his first game in over a year. He played better than some of the garbage the LAKERS have been trotting out there lately. This is a tough year for us Lakers fans, but you’re not doing any favors.

    • antistratfordian - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Stay mad.

  3. shaner329 - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    “playing as a gay man”

    As if he wasn’t gay all the other years he has played

  4. musketmaniac - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    good for jason, shame on the Nba. couldn’t let the NFL beat you to pink punch.

  5. nicofthenorthstar - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    I have multiple gay co-workers and we work together effectively and with mutual respect. Please, somebody – anybody – write an article or throw a parade or something! #groundbreaking
    My word, talk about overkill. It’s like the guy who says, “I’m not racist, I have a black friend!” Get over yourselves, sports world. The rest of us have been treating humans like humans for years and not obsessing over what each other does in the bedroom. It’s called living in the real world.

    • loungefly74 - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      thats the point, the NBA (sports) is now just catching up to the real world….

  6. itroyhill - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    LOL at the people who are upset by this. Nothing can be done to stop it so accept it and move on. When your ideals are in line with Putin or an under developed African country like Uganda, you may want to rethink your hatred.

    As far as Collins, this is a nice story but I doubt he lasts longer than the 10 day contract. With that said, I don’t know how many more 7 footers are toiling away in the D-League that the Nets should have signed instead. Anyone want to post a list?

  7. mtheparrothead - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    2.6 basketball reasons eh?

  8. phillycannon - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    the headline is very stupid!!! who approves of this stuff?

    • reesesteel23 - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:54 PM


  9. jerze2387 - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    jesus, ANOTHER damn jason collins article? youd think he cured cancer the way theyre pushing this crap. what has the guy done? he has faced 0 criitics, 0 adversity in playing as a gay man. Hell, people have walked on eggshells in terms of somments and reactions. he gets pats on the back for getting support? ENOUGH ALREADY. he wants to be looked at as equal, no problem. But take him off the damn pedistal then. he has done NOTHING to earn the damn praise hes gotten.

    • loungefly74 - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      he is the first one on the pedastal. thats the point. our society likes to celebrate ground-breaking achievements (yes, that is what this is)…don’t worry, it will slow down and having openly gay athletes will be the norm.

  10. unfly - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    More Collins articles? C’mon, we’ve been inundated all day on every media source about this guy. Let’s talk about some GOOD players!

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      Yes please. More articles about LeBron’s nose and Space Jam appearance. I could also use more information regarding whether Kevin Durant is or isn’t upset about the notion that he’s the “second best” player in the NBA. Perhaps a few more articles about Kobe’s daily thoughts.

      • unfly - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        Because articles about good players have to be inane non-stories. Do you just sit here and reply to every comment on every post?

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        unfly – Feb 24, 2014 at 7:18 PM
        Do you just sit here and reply to every comment on every post?


  11. jimsjam33 - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Kurt Helin ,

    You are still beating on that old base drum . Same sex attraction is still a sin . It’s in the bible . Don’t argue with me . Read it for yourself .
    If you were a ” hep ‘ sports writer your story would be , ” Nets hire washed up retired basketball player .” You would argue that there are many more qualified players in the world to play in the NBA. What about equality and a sense of fair play for those players struggling to make a living playing basketball ? They were denied by a owner trying to make splash headlines and get his name in the paper . Personally , I think Keith Closs should be re-instated because he has freckles and reddish hair and probably still plays better than Collins .

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      The Bible also says I can sell my daughters into slavery, so I don’t take everything is says literally.

    • loungefly74 - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      oh brother…where do we go from here? do I point out that he is referencing a fairy-tale book written a couple thousand years ago to basically control society? nah, i’ll take the high road…

  12. motobus - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Jason Collins had been playing as a gay man his entire career

  13. 00maltliquor - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:45 AM

    I kinda wonder if that Michael Sam kid is a bit disappointed that he isn’t going to be the 1st one to break that barrier. I know they are cool and all but I wonder if he feels like he stole his thunder deep down inside.

    • loungefly74 - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      great point, Malt!

      makes me think of a funny analogy in my youth. when i was a kid, a schoolyard fight was gonna take place…but Bobby stepped in between them and said dont fight and be cool. and they listened to him! the kids were like, “wow, Bobby is awesome!”. soon after, another scuffle was getting ready to go down. Johnny decided to step in and stop the fight like Bobby did previously. the fight didnt happen but the other kids mocked Johnny for acting like Bobby and was less received…hahahaha. i kid you not! hahaha! damn kids.

    • unxpexted1 - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      after his combine he may not even get drafted

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