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Report: Jason Collins to receive second 10-day contract from Brooklyn Nets

Mar 3, 2014, 5:29 PM EDT

Jason Collins, ZaZa Pachulia

The Brooklyn Nets already made history.

Now they’re going to make a roster move.

The Nets signed Jason Collins to a 10-day contract, making him the first openly gay athlete to play in a major North American team sport. That contract expires Tuesday, so Brooklyn will reportedly give him another deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The Brooklyn Nets will sign center Jason Collins to a second consecutive 10-day contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Nets have gone 3-1 with Collins, so they’re probably not looking for reasons to dump him. When teams win, they often want to keep everything – even the unhelpful elements – in tact.

In 34 total minutes, Collins has three points, four rebounds, three steals, four turnovers and 10 fouls – hardly great box-score production. But box-score stats have never reflected Collins’ true value. More troubling, Brooklyn’s defensive rating is 118.2 with him on the court.

Small-sample caveats apply, but the Nets will have an interesting decision when this second 10-day contract expires. At that point, the Nets can sign Collins for the rest of the season or not at all. Sometimes, teams defer that choice and sign other players to 10-day contracts before choosing one for the rest of the season. That could happen with Brooklyn and Collins.

I think the Nets, as previously reported, plan to keep Collins through the end of the season. But this second 10-day contract will give them a little longer to determine whether they want to stick to that plan.

  1. nataliekelley - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    I think that this is an important step for the professional athlete world. When Collins came out publicly he changed the perception for openly gay professional athletes. He was able to set new standards for athletes to follow and ensure others that it is okay to be who you are. I think that with the Brooklyn Jets signing Collins to a contract shows that as a franchise they are looking and judging him based off his athletic talents not because he is openly gay. However, I feel that it is interesting that articles are still releases in regards to his sexuality and not just about his athletic ability. I think that because Collins was the first professional athlete to come out that there is still a lot of hype around the topic but once more feel comfortable enough to be themselves then stories can be released just about an athlete as if they are no different opposed to depicting them as “first openly gay athlete.”

  2. trickybastard - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Jason Collins is the first openly gay athlete to play in a major North American team sport? I must have been hiding under a rock. Thank you PFT!!

  3. ihavenonickname - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    very happy for Collins, but how many modifiers do we have to put in front of his accomplishment before we over look it.

    We could also say collin’s is the “first black athlete born in california to play in brooklyn taller than 6’8″ who likes pizza and wears a mouth guard…”

    It’s starting to sound like the baseball stats to put up during the world series.
    “first left hander, undrafted, 3rd year player to throw 9 strikes in 2/3’s of an inning on a thursday…”

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:31 PM

      When black athletes born in California that are taller than 6’8″ and like pizza and wear mouth guards receive the same type of discrimination that homosexuals in America do, then it will be as big of a story.

      • jerze2387 - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        so youre saying gays get discriminated against more than black people? in CALIFORNIA? So im guessing youre not aware of anything in Los Angeles between LAPD and citizens. Ive never seen a gay man getting stomped out by a group of cops for being gay.

        Besides marriage (which is changing), what is all this discrimination theyre always talking about? cite some examples for once

      • Kurt Helin - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Do not think of California as being similar from region to region. The reality in parts of Los Angeles is different than the farming central valley or even Orange County. Which is to say gays do face discrimination in some areas as blacks still do. There is no perfect utopia.

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        “Besides marriage (which is changing), what is all this discrimination theyre always talking about?”

        It is completely legal to discriminate against gays in the hiring process. There is no federal protection for this, and only a handful of states have legal protections for gays to avoid being discriminated against in the hiring process.

        It is completely legal to discriminate against gays as a landlord renting property. There is no federal protection for this, and only a handful of states have legal protections for gays to avoid being discriminated against when trying to rent property.

        In about 30 states, there is no laws allowing for gay couples to adopt children. In four states, it is specifically banned.

        And also, not being able to married extends beyond just having a wedding. There are many legal rights that are denied. For example, if your SO is in the hospital, you may not be able to have visitation rights if you’re not married. So your SO could be dying in the hospital and you couldn’t be by their side.

        “So im guessing youre not aware of anything in Los Angeles between LAPD and citizens. Ive never seen a gay man getting stomped out by a group of cops for being gay.”

        I live near Los Angeles and I’m very aware of the corruption that has unfortunately taken over the LAPD. If you were aware of anything in Los Angeles regarding the LAPD, you would remember a case a few years ago where the LAPD had to pay a ton of money after it was found in a court of law that they had specifically discriminated against gay police officers. And yes, gays have been beaten by the police before specifically because they’re gay. Maybe not in LA (I’m not sure off the top of my head) but it has happened.

        Just because the discrimination faced by homosexuals is not identical to the discrimination faced by African Americans does not discount it. Did Chinese immigrants in the 1800s get discriminated against because they were not enslaved in the same way African-Americans were (although it is a fine line- many were not much better off than slaves). Do we discount the discrimination women faced prior to suffrage because it wasn’t the same as African-Americans? Is the discrimination faced by Irish and Italian immigrants in the early 1900s somehow lesser because it wasn’t the same as African-Americans?

        Discrimination is discrimination is discrimination. It is wrong no matter how it happens.

      • jerze2387 - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:15 PM

        Agan Kurt, cite 1 example. theres so much talk of this deicrimination, yet nobody can think of 1 besides the marraige thing. and the way back in 98 shepard thing which, even his parents admitted he did drugs, so plausible it was drug related. I asked for a specific example and all you had was some pointless vague reply? youre just making my point for me

      • Kurt Helin - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        My brother is an out gay man, in Los Angeles, and I have stories of jobs being passed over and threatened violence against him, I choose not to publish them here. I pity you for living in a bubble hearing only what you want to hear, what fits in your world view and nothing else.

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        I had a lengthy comment detailing discrimination that wasn’t approved for some reason. But clearly you’re not aware that it is perfectly legal, according to federal law, to discriminate against gays in the hiring process, as well as in the rental process. There is no protection at the federal level, and there is only protections in about 20 states at the state level. So gays aren’t allowed to have jobs, or places to live. It may not be total enslavement, but that seems like discrimination to me.

      • jerze2387 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        @Kurt So hes blaming the pass over of jobs on the fact hes gay? Couldnt be because there were other candidates or better candidates? Thats exactly the issue i have. its always a cop out and an excuse when they dont get exactly what they want everytime. Ive been passed over for jobs also, and im pretty sure we all ahve at some point. It happens. its part of life.

        and @Asimonetti, I addressed that exact same post about what you said about all the various states of this and that in another comment section on another article. And the discrimination African americans, Asian americans, and even italian americans faced was on a different level than wat gays have supposedly faced. So to compare the situations is assinine. for 1, the circumstances and levels of discrimination and treatment they recieved was far worse. 2, while gays have parades and do all they can to draw attention to the fact theyre gay, the others didnt have the option of possibly normally blending in. So when youre attention seeking, dont be surprised when some of that attention is negative.

        The constant pity party and exaggeration of the supposed discrimination and “struggle” faced by the gays is getting to be old. That drum has been beat way too much, and honestly, if they sat back and looked at it, theyd realize thats a big reason people dont support them.

      • Kurt Helin - Mar 8, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        If you are an unfamiliar with the situation, you are a fool to comment on what might have happened.

  4. rockthered1286 - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Tough situation for the Nets. You either keep a guy who has zero offensive production and as shown has run their D in the wrong direction, OR cut “the first gay pro athlete” and leave themselves open to both immediate criticism as well as further scrutiny if whoever they sign to fill the void has equally terrible production. Safe bet is to just keep him for the season and hope for the best.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:32 AM

      For the record, he was not brought in for his offense. Collins has always been poor on that end of the floor. Post defense, hard fouls, strong picks and a few boards is what he was asked to do (things the Nets lacked in the playoffs a year ago).

      • rockthered1286 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:19 AM

        And again, the defense is worse when he’s on the floor, and he’s hardly grabbing any rebounds. And who brings in a guy specifically for “hard fouls?”

      • jerze2387 - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        @rockthered1286 I agree. if thats all he was there for, they could sign an actual goon to come in for that. he coul issu REAL hard fouls.

        When did basketball turn into hockey, where now guys get signed as enforcers?

        That whole “he was signed to provide stuff you cant measure” crap is just a way for the gays to deflect from the fact it was a PR pressure signing.

      • Kurt Helin - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        How was their pressure? He was out all season and if he’d stayed out that was not a big deal. You are trying to create something here because the reality doesn’t fit with your world view. Sucks for you.

      • jerze2387 - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        there was pressure because every 2 days there was a story when somebody got hurt about “maybe itll be jason collins” or “jason collins remains unsigned after coming out” of ‘pro sports might have its first gay athlete when jason collins gets signed”. michael sam revived it, and it forced the issue to sign him to A. pave the way for michael sam in pro sports and B. so the NBA could beat the NFl to the punch. But, ill bet ANYTHING, had collins not come out and had it not been talked about, he wouldnt be on a roster right now

  5. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    The first openly-gay pro athlete to sign a 2nd 10-day contract.

    His stats say it all. He wasn’t signed to play ball or help the team, he was signed to be a distraction. At least he’s good at that.

  6. chrldr12 - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    There really isn’t anything else to say about him.

    Is there?

  7. thetigerleg - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    I always like the micro-dialing by John Madden when he was on MNF. “He’s the best interior down lineman at dropping into coverage in the nickel package on third and medium during the game after a bye week.”

  8. billtetley53 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Plenty of teams have designated foulers.
    Do you even watch basketball?

    You don’t want your star players taking fouls to try and guard the Lebrons etc. So you use guys like Collins to body them up and beat on them a bit.

    Stop watching BSPN highlights and watch the games.

  9. dacapt704 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    So…I’ll say it again and dont care if you ‘thumbs down’

    With those stats you mean to tell me that the Nets couldnt find some young productive Center from the D-League that needs his big break? Instead of a 6 foul 7 footer that does nothing but create headlines??

    Btw..not hating bc I’m one of those guys who DOES NOT CARE who you sleep with..I just want to see the best players, period. Dont care if guys are married to men,women,single or whatever…and neither should any other sports fan. I just hate to see this brotha being used for media attention…especially when he’s always been a bum in the league. If he never came out, he would have never been given another shot and thats not fair to those who deserve it based on their play

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      Like who? Have you seen the list of current free agent players? Do you really think if there was some stud in the making out there, he wouldn’t be on a roster already. This is March, there aren’t going to be any diamonds in the rough out there in free agency, if they had talent they’d be on a team already.

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