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Former Cardinal, NBA veteran comes out as gay

Original post made on Apr 29, 2013

Jason Collins, an NBA center and a Stanford Cardinal from 1998 to 2001, came out as gay today in a Sports Illustrated article, becoming the first active athlete in the nation's four major professional leagues to do so.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, April 29, 2013, 12:16 PM

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Posted by Who Cares
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Who Cares.

If they want to be accepted for who they are then lets stop making a big deal out of anyone's sexual orientation. No one really cares but we do care when it gets shoved in our face.

Everyone is who they are, lets move on to important issues.


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Posted by face shoving?
a resident of Barron Park School
on Apr 29, 2013 at 5:49 pm

"Who Cares."

Sorta conflicts with

"No one really cares but we do care when it gets shoved in our face."

I care. Am very happy the young lad has the intestinal fortitude to blaze a trail.

Whereas the above poster claims it's no big deal, but takes the time to moan and whine about it. Opposed to ignoring it, as someone who really has a 'who cares' attitude.


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Posted by John
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 29, 2013 at 5:55 pm

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Posted by boscoli
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 29, 2013 at 6:43 pm

I find it interesting that homophobic people will often use the following shtick:'I don't care about others sexual orientation, just stop shoving it in my face.'
What it almost always means is:' I don't accept and Im really botheredby a different sexual orientation, but if gays just kept quite and made sure I don't notice them, I might tolerate them.'


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Posted by Gus L.
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Whoopie..


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Posted by Who cares II
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 29, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Hard to think of anything less interesting than the life of a football player. It's silly occupation though I know lots of people will disagree. But best wishes to this fellow for a good life.


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Posted by Robert
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 30, 2013 at 12:06 am

Who Cares II, Jason Collins plays basketball, not football.

This is truly a milestone in the world of professional sports. Thank you Mr. Collins for having the courage to come out.


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Posted by ignorance of care
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 30, 2013 at 12:41 am

Always find it fascinating someone is willing to read a post and take the time to comment.

And tell the world they supposedly don't care.


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Posted by hurrah!
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 30, 2013 at 8:35 am

I am so proud of Jason and the fact that he is from Stanford. This huge milestone comes from one of our own and we celebrate it with pride!


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Posted by No Matter
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:31 am

It should not matter if someone comes out as gay. Sexual orientation should be of no importance...it is personal. No one "comes out" as hetero, so why should a gay person. Personal information is just that, and does not need to be made public, any more than the brand of deodorant you use needs to be made public.


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Posted by Michelle Obama
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 30, 2013 at 11:31 am

I guess professional FEMALE athletes don't matter in this discussion. Billie Jean King came out nearly 40 years ago, and Martina Navratilova did the same 35 years ago. And they were both household names at the time (especially compared to Jason Collins). That was courage.


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Posted by Phil
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 30, 2013 at 11:43 am

To No Matter in Midtown, the reason it matters is because people are being denied equal rights because of their sexual orientation. If everything were fair and equal across the board, then I would agree, it doesn't matter. Until it is, people having the courage to step forward represents the movement toward better understanding, tolerance, and acceptance.


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Posted by Ditto
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2013 at 11:53 am

Thanks, Michelle and Phil! Well said.


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Posted by Michelle Obama
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm

From Rick Reilly's column at SI.com:

So you were shocked to hear that 7-foot NBA center Jason Collins is gay? You should talk to Carolyn Moos. She was engaged to him.

Moos, a former Stanford and WNBA center, dated Collins for eight years and was to marry him in 2009 until he suddenly called it off with a month to go.

Then: hurt, confusion and embarrassment. Today: answers.

Collins told Moos last weekend over the phone before coming out as the first male, gay active American team-sport pro athlete in a Sports Illustrated story Monday.

"I had to sit down," says Moos, now a personal trainer and nutritional consultant. "I was shocked. There's no words to really describe my reaction. ... But this does alleviate some of the pain. … I'm so happy for him. He deserves to live the life he wants."

Nobody -- not fiancées, not four years' worth of teammates at Stanford, not six teams' worth of NBA teammates -- saw this coming.

more at: Web Link


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Posted by Good News
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Collins wore #98 to honor the hate crime victim/murdered Mathew Shepard?

Wow. How did we miss that one?

Hard to call a 34 yr old back up big, making $1.3M a year, a hero. Shouldn't be.

But society had not adjusted yet, so someone had to be first. After the next guy, a younger starter, the third will not be news at all.

Still, great news.


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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Okay - First, I don't think what someone does in their bedroom is anyone else's business.
Now, sexual orientation is NOT a "visible" characteristic.
Color is visible. You don't know someone is gay or lesbian until they ANNOUNCE IT. A person of any other color walks in a room and it's announced for them...Hmmmm!

This guy was barely known and really didn't need to "come out" - no one really cares. Not even the players that played with him. There are probably so many more gays/lesbians in other sports as well. Sexual orientation does not make or break an athlete; It doesn't give or take away any skills, and what they do behind closed doors does not affect their game.

This is such a beaten dead horse!


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Posted by hatahs gotta hate
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Let's take that nonsensical paragraph apart!

"This guy was barely known and really didn't need to "come out" - no one really cares."

- yes, they do care! Look at the broad acceptance and all the attention it captured! Why, it even got KP to come 'out of the closet' to announce... that she doesn't care!

"Not even the players that played with him."
- Wrong! The players are the very reason that no one announced before this! The thought of being shunned or not given a contract is the very reason no one else has done it before.

"There are probably so many more gays/lesbians in other sports as well."
- ya think?

"Sexual orientation does not make or break an athlete; It doesn't give or take away any skills, and what they do behind closed doors does not affect their game."

- Wrong again. In the NBA community of players, for example, there has been, in the past, open hostility to the gay. Witness only a couple years ago, the great flaker Kobe, and his choice of epithets for a ref, dropping the f word (not 'bomb'.)

Back to "This guy was barely known..."

- Wrong yet again. He was/is widely known among the Stanford community, and widely known in the NBA due to his longevity (particularly for a 'big') and numerous clubs, hence the outpouring of support.

Yeah, poor fella was among the impoverished in the NBA, at only a million three a year....

KP: how well known are you? Banking a million three this year?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2013 at 12:57 pm

So what? Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin are both committed Christians. It all fits in the same category.

It isn't news.


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Posted by Sally
a resident of University South
on Apr 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm

If all the Christians in the NBA or NFL had reason over the decades to hide their religious orientation, and a Lin or Tebow stepped out of the closet to announce publicly that he was a Christian, it wouldn't be news?

Yeah, right. What fantasy world are you from?

Lin's trip to China last year was ALL about his religion.


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