Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jason Collins announces his Retirement from NBA

Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay Basketball player in the country, is retiring from the NBA.

Jason has played for 13 years in the NBA, he writes:

Among the memories I will cherish most are the warm applause I received in Los Angeles when I took the court in my Nets debut, and the standing ovation I got at my first home game in Brooklyn. It shows how far we’ve come. The most poignant moment came at my third game, in Denver, where I met the family of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student beaten to death in a 1998 hate crime on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyo. For the past two years I have worn number 98 on my jersey to honor his memory. I was humbled to learn that number 98 jerseys became the top seller at NBAStore.com. Proceeds from sales, and from auctioned jerseys I wore in games, were donated to two gay-rights charities.

There are still no publicly gay players in the NFL, NHL or major league baseball. Believe me: They exist. Every pro sport has them. I know some of them personally. When we get to the point where a gay pro athlete is no longer forced to live in fear that he’ll be shunned by teammates or outed by tabloids, when we get to the point where he plays while his significant other waits in the family room, when we get to the point where he’s not compelled to hide his true self and is able to live an authentic life, then coming out won’t be such a big deal. But we’re not there yet.

He will be missed.

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1 comment:

Hun†ress said...

He was at the end of his career when he came out, but what he did - and continues to do - is so important.

I don't know if you follow soccer, but Robbie Rogers has a biography coming out next week. No pun intended there!

You can pre-order it for your Kindle for $9.99.