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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Kind of fascinated by all comments going something along the lines of an ambivalent "who cares." Yeah, if nobody truly cared then homosexuals would not be ostracized in the world of sports or society at large.

    "Who cares" in this case is just code for "living in my straight, hetero-normative privileged bubble, I lack the perspective to appreciate the extraordinary courage it took for him to come out and I think he is just another gay attention whore blah blah. I'm white, straight, and not in the NBA i deserve celebration too waaaah"
    I've also got a problem with all of these people who say that Jason Collins isn't a good basketball player. Here's some proof to the contrary:
    1. He's got a great nose for loose balls
    2. He always gets deep penetration, and knows how to finish
    3. He's got some size, and takes it to the rim with authority
    4. The guy knows 100 different ways to score: you never really know what he's going to do when he's down there

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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    Okay, this has been ALL over the news. Why? I give him credit for coming out in a tougher than usual situation, sure, but this is really not worthy of the coverage and attention it has been getting IMO. Must be a slow news week.

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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    What utter nonsense. So you've created a connection between male on male anal and oral sex with education and social skills?

    What world do you people live in?
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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    Well there goes his career.. But seriously, who cares?

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    This is actually the one annoying thing about this and why I don't think, in reality, it'll be THAT impactful.

    His career had a GOOD chance of being gone already. He's a 34 year old bench player who barely got playing time with one of the worst teams in the league.

    What's annoying is that if he doesn't play again we'll likely have people proclaiming it as proof that sports was out to get Gay people...when in reality it could very easily have nothing to do with it.

    I'm happy he can finally be honest in public about himself. However, in terms of sports impact, I think it won't be felt strongly until an actual active player does it...not someone who, for all intents and purposes, is likely at the end of their career.

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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    I honestly do not care....

    Ok you are gay....now why didn't you block that shot? Why are you slow as hell getting to from one side of the court to the other? What does your sexuality have to do with the game of basketball?


    I don't think athletes should share their sexuality. It is a personal issue. No need to make it public and get the media circus around whatever team you are on. As a sports fan...I only care if you contribute to the team WINNING games...I could care less who is in your bedroom. Matter of fact...I don't want to know that.
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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    This is actually the one annoying thing about this and why I don't think, in reality, it'll be THAT impactful.

    His career had a GOOD chance of being gone already. He's a 34 year old bench player who barely got playing time with one of the worst teams in the league.

    What's annoying is that if he doesn't play again we'll likely have people proclaiming it as proof that sports was out to get Gay people...when in reality it could very easily have nothing to do with it.
    I'm happy he can finally be honest in public about himself. However, in terms of sports impact, I think it won't be felt strongly until an actual active player does it...not someone who, for all intents and purposes, is likely at the end of their career.
    And it's not like he was/is that great a player anywho...

    career stats: 3.6 points per game 3.8 rebounds per game. this season: 1.1 points per game 1.6 rebounds per game. For a guy who is 7' tall, that's not very impressive.

    He's a mediocre player for one of the worst teams in the league.

    And yet, if he doesn't go on to play for another 5 years it's going to be because he's discriminated against because he's gay
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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    No, no. That is you being unable to comprehend what you're reading.
    I read exactly what you wrote.

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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    It's sadly pathetic, this neediness for so many to be the star of their own reality show, to Facebook and tweet virtually every detail of their lives to a world that doesn't care more than 1/2 a second. Even more pathetic is that these same people don't respect the opinions and judgment of those they tell.

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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    Quote Originally Posted by AGENT J View Post
    Y! SPORTS




    Why NBA center Jason Collins is coming out now
    NBA player Jason Collins says he is gay - The Magazine - SI.com




    awesome! Many people arent so lucky

    Kobe Bryant, Bill Clinton, David Stern and others support Jason Collins
    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/kobe-bryant-bill-clinton-david-stern-others-support-163319934.html










    Very brave, VERY BRAVE

    glad to see he has some support too!
    How is this "altering the landscape of sports"? As I understand it, the rules are still the same.
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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    How is this "altering the landscape of sports"? As I understand it, the rules are still the same.
    washed-up, injury prone, has-been desperately seeking attention anounces he is gay. big ****ing deal.....

    1st active player of one of America's four major sports leagues to identify himself as homosexual, Jason Collins was a journeyman NBA center, all but unknown to anyone but the sport's dedicated followers.
    Jason Collins Rumors & Injury Update | #98 - SportsOverdose

    bolded says it all. until this announcement...not many people even knew who he was.

    "journeyman NBA center" ...

    Professional sportsmen are sometimes called journeymen. It is not a technical or well-defined designation, instead it is generally given to players who are skilled enough to remain in pro sports but not skilled enough to earn themselves a permanent position on a team.
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