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Story Of JASON COLLINS: The FIRST GAY Basketball Player & Athlete!




In the big picture being both brutally honest and 100% real, the guyI’m here to cover in today’s video. Is of no revelance today for what he left on the NBA hardwood over the course of his NBA career, that’s not to question his credentials or take anything away from someone who made a decade long career in arguably the word’s most competitive athletic industries. The best way to describe Jason Collins the basketball player is filler, he’s someone who’s impact would go unnoticed to all but head coaches. And with career stats averages of 3.7 rebounds and 3.6 points on 41% field goal shooting, he wasn’t someone who’s value translated to the box score. At no point in his career averaging more than 7 points or 7 boards a game. Heck even taking a look at his defense, which was supposed to be his bread and butter as a 7 footer. He averaged 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks a game, never once averaging one in either statistical category for a whole season. I think the only time in his basketball career he scored in double digits, was his senior year at Stanford college in the early 2000s. Collins never made an all star, all defensive or all nba or ncaa team. Never won a championship at the collegiate or NBA level and despite spending his first 7 years in New Jersey, wound playing for 6 teams in as many years before calling it quits in 2014. Had the title not been a spoiler you’d probably be sat here confused to why I’d revist a career like this. Considering his twin brother Jarron Collins who you won’t have heard of either, also spent a decade in the league from 2001-2011 who’s averages also ranged between 3 points and 3 rebounds a game. Funnily enough actually Jarron has picked up 3 NBA championships as an assistant coach for the current Golden State Warriors. Yet it’s Jason who in April 2014 featured on the front cover of Time Magazine’s ‘100 most influential people in the world’ edition. All be it nothing to do with basketball accolades or ability. But in fact his sexuality, for 8 years Collins shared a relationship with former WNBA center Carolyn Moos, who were engaged to be married until Collins called of the wedding in 2009. Which made a tonne more sense to everyone herself included, when in 2013 Collins dipped his toes in uncharted territory by coming out as gay, becoming the first male to ever do so from one of amercais 4 major pro sports. Revealing the reason for his unsual 98 jersey number, was worn in honour of Matthew Shephard. Who was brutally murdered in 1998 for being openly gay. After coming out, alhough it seemed as if America was on his side. He wasn’t offered another NBA contract and would remain a free agent until Febuary 2013. When the now Brooklyn Nets made history, reuniting with head coach Jason kidd who he played with for 7 years. Signing Collins to a 10 day contract, perhaps basketball’s most celebrated and scrutinised 10 day contract. His #98 Nets jersey quickly became the best selling NBA jersey. At Staples Center facing off against the Lakers, Collins would come on for 11 minutes, becoming the first publically gay athlete to play in any of the for major American pro sports leagues. He was scoreless but provided solid defense, and helped see out victory with Brooklyn outscoring the lakers by 8 when he played. The Nets most probably for off court related reasoning, extended the deal to the end of the season. He’d average 1 point and featured in another 22 games before making his official retirement in 2014 after 13 years in the NBA. As of June 2014, Collins has been in a relationship with producer Brunson Green. It seemed at first Collins decision would pave the way for athlete’s to come out going forward, after a promising start, with WNBA star Brittney Griner announcing she was a lesbian just 2 weeks prior. Then a month later, the MLS signed Robbie Rogers, an openly gay pro soccer player. Fast forward another year later, Michael Sam came out as gay and was drafted by the St. Louis Rams. And leagues adopting pro-LGBT policies. There’s been little progress since and athletes still don’t come out. In 2018 we see 0 current openly gay, MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS or English Premier League players. Society is though becoming more and more accepting of gay athletes. Which brings me to Derrick Gordon, an openly gay div 1 basketball player. With a story I’d be willing to cover if of interest to you guys. Let me know if that’s something you wanna see, make your pitch with 1000 likes on this video.



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