When he joined the San Francisco Giants five years ago, Jeremy Affeldt became determined to get rid of his negative feelings toward the gay population. The transformation took time and a change of heart.
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.
NBA reporter Chris Broussard said on the air that Jason Collins was “walking in open rebellion to God” by living as a gay man.
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.
It says something, nearly all of it good, that on the day a male athlete in one of the major American pro sports came as out as gay, the reaction from the NBA, fellow ballplayers and fans was almost uniformly positive. But let’s not break an arm patting ourselves on the back just yet. There’s some heavy lifting still to be done.
The 34-year-old NBA center revealed his sexuality on Monday and the outpouring of good will from the Sports community on Twitter has been overwhelming.
NBA veteran center and Stanford graduate Jason Collins has become the first active male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay.
When Jason Collins contemplated whether to come out as the first openly gay active member of a major U.S. professional sports league, the first family member he confided in was his aunt, a San Francisco Superior Court judge.
It’s tempting to compare Jason Collins with Jackie Robinson; after all, the biopic about Robinson, “42″, is a hot movie ticket right now and both are pioneers.
It turns out that for the past few years, with no one watching, an NFL team — with its machismo and tough guys — had reached a certain understanding with one of its players. The player was gay, many on the team knew it, and no one cared.