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Jason Collins: Facts

5 March 2014 By Justin Thau, Columnist No Comments

Here are some of the facts surrounding the Brooklyn Nets’ signing of Jason Collins, the first openly gay, active athlete in major American sports history. Interpret what you will.

Collins is 35 years old.

Collins spent eight years of his life with ex-fiancée, WNBA center Carolyn Moos, before he called off their wedding in 2009.

Moos didn’t know Collins was gay until just before he publically announced it last April.

Collins has played in the NBA since 2001.

Collins’ career averages are as follows: 3.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.9 APG in 20.7 MPG. He has shot 41 percent from the floor.

No NBA player has ever publically said his happiness was impeded by the presence of Collins.

The average attendance at Collins’ first five games as a Net: 17,130.

The average attendance at a Nets game this year: 17,216.

Out of the all the parents that have attended Collins-era Nets games with their children, not one has found that their children were spiritually harmed or psychologically damaged by watching Collins play
basketball…yet.

The convention of Collins giving teammates and opponents high fives and/or handshakes hasn’t “turned” any of them gay…yet.

U2 hasn’t made a song that explicitly talks about homosexuality and/or basketball…yet.

Kevin Garnett has, on at least one occasion, yelled a homosexual slur at an opposing crowd.

Kevin Garnett is now Collins’ teammate.

Garnett said this about Collins before Collins was initially signed: “I think it’s important that anybody who has the capabilities and skill level to have a chance to [do] something he’s great at…I think it would be
bias…if you [were] to keep that opportunity from a person.”

Paul Pierce said this about Collins after the signing: “He is a regular person…everybody has a choice. As long as it’s not against the law or something where you are violating people’s rights, then so be it…We welcome him here with open arms, and I’m happy that he’s the one that I know and has the courage to be able to come out and say it. And the good thing about this team is we have embraced him and I think the NBA has embraced him. I think the sports world has embraced him, and that’s going to be good moving forward.”

Jason Collins said this about himself after the signing: “”Life is so much better for me…I don’t have to hide who I am. I can just be my normal self. The past 10 months have been incredible. A lot of really cool experiences. Meeting new friends. Hearing different people’s stories. Sharing experiences. It was just really overall positive.”

Collins attended Stanford University from 1997-2001, where he set school-records in field goal percentage and blocked shots.

Collins went to high school in Los Angeles from 1993-1997, where he set a California high school record in rebounds.

In September of Collins’ senior year in high school (1996), Bill Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.”

The aforementioned legal definition of marriage was deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in June of last year (2013).

Jason Collins publically announced that he was gay in April of last year.

Collins’ averages in his first five games with the Nets are as follows: 0.6 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG in 7.2 MPG. He is shooting 20 percent from the floor.

Collins’ Nets jersey has been the highest-grossing NBA jersey since his signing, with sales reportedly topping $100,000.

The NBA will be donating all of the jersey proceeds to the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the Matthew Shepard Foundation, an LBGT non-profit organization.

The Nets have gone 4-1 with Collins on the team.

The Nets are expected to keep Collins signed for the rest of the season.

Jason Collins is an NBA player.
Jason Collins is a homosexual man living and working in the United States of America.

Jason Collins is a human being.


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