This year was so packed with gigantic stories that we had to add a whopping 13 honorable mentions. And believe us, those had to be narrowed down, too.
The former Nets center made history in April as the first active male athlete in the four major American pro sports to come out.
Some speculated Collins, who made history in April as the first active male athlete in the four major American pro sports to come out, would be a fit New York.
“Yeah, man, I think there are (gay players) right now, and if they’re looking for a window to just come out, I mean, now is the window,” the second-year sensation told GQ, “My view on it is, yes, I am a Christian, but to each his own.”
One night after acquiring Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry from the Celtics in a blockbuster trade, Nets general manager Billy King is interested in signing free-agent center Jason Collins, according to Yahoo! Sports.
“It’s pretty simple for me — I believe all people are created equal, regardless of their sexuality,” Steve Gleason said. “To promote respect and acceptance is an important role for NFL players and the NFLPA.”
NBA veteran Jason Collins marched in Boston’s gay pride parade after coming out in April.
The second- and third-ranked players were asked about the possibility Sunday at the Italian Open after NBA veteran Jason Collins recently became the first active player in any of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out.
DeMario Davis has his beliefs as a Christian, and he has his beliefs about respecting others. For the Jets linebacker, the latter trumps all.
Now that NBA player Jason Collins has come out as gay, activists say the next step is not just about which player will come out next, but also about which players stand up and support those who are gay.
The 34-year-old journeyman becomes a free agent on July 1 — meaning that he will first have to sign with an NBA team and wait until next season to see if teammates, coaches, opponents and fans will treat him any differently.
Collins is ready for his journey and has taken the important first step. It’s important for him. It’s important for sports. It’s important for humanity.
Many of us weren’t as accepting 25 years ago. It’s called progress. Can we stop calling it revolutionary, and just evolutionary?
Jason Collins said he has gotten “incredible” support since coming out as the first openly gay player in one of the four major U.S. pro sports leagues, and hopes he may have made the path easier for others to follow.
Last summer, Collins considered joining an old Stanford college roommate, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, at Boston’s gay pride parade. The NBA veteran eventually decided he shouldn’t. But he will in 2013.