A First for Pro Sports: Active NBA Player Comes Out as Gay
In a Sports Illustrated article that was published online today, and which will appear in the May 6th issue of the magazine, NBA player Jason Collins announced that he was gay. Collins will be entering his 13th season in the league as a member of the Washington Wizards. In coming out, the 7-foot, 255-pound center from California has become the first openly gay active athlete in any of the four major sports leagues—NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL. This is a courageous move, and hopefully it will be a watershed moment in sports history that helps promote tolerance and encourages other homosexual athletes to be comfortable with who they are.
Earlier this month, Brittney Griner, a Baylor basketball star and the first overall pick in the 2013 WNBA draft, came out as gay. Last July, Megan Rapinoe, a member of the U.S. women’s soccer team, announced she was gay and in a committed relationship with a woman. There have also been rumblings that up to four NFL players could come out of the closet this summer. The times are clearly changing, and hopefully homosexuality will soon be accepted by all sports players, coaches, and fans.