Jason Collins

Topics: Sexual orientation, Coming out, Basketball Pages: 2 (595 words) Published: October 2, 2013

Collins, Jason. "Why NBA Center Jason Collins Is Coming out Now." SI.com. N.p., 29 Apr. 2013. Web. 12 Sept. 2013.

In this article thirty four year old African- American NBA center Jason Collins explains what it was like and why he came out as “the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport.” (Collins P.1) Jason Collins explains his motive for openly coming out at the time he did, as an opportunity to make a difference in society and inevitably help give comfort and support to other professional athletes whom have yet to pronounce their sexuality. Collins humorously explains his success as a professional basketball player as, “If you’re in the league and I haven’t been your teammate, I surely have been on of your teammates’ teammates.” (Collins P.3). “I thought I had to live life a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise children with her.” (Collins P.7) Collins describes his feeling on how he felt he should reform to the standard of the common African-American athlete. He describes the many years of agony, “It takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret.” (Collins P.9) he says, “I was certain my world would fall apart if anyone knew.” (Collins P.9) He then goes on to talk about his overwhelming sense of relief when he came out to his family and how jubilated he was that they were supportive, especially his twin brother, “He was downright astounded... But by dinner that night he was full of brotherly love.” (Collins P.14)

In this article written by Jason Collins himself in which he comes out openly confessing his homosexuality is a choice that altered his life forever. Before May 6, 2013 Jason Collins was a veteran NBA basketball player who frequently jumped around from team to team hoping to impress the coaches enough to make a final roster. He rarely stayed on a team long enough to make a name for himself or become a household name, so his decision to become the first openly gay athlete...
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