And to the Boston Red Sox:
We salute you, @jasoncollins34 for your courage and leadership. Any time you want to throw out a first pitch at Fenway Park, let us know.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 29, 2013
And Jared Sullinger:
Jared Sullinger @Jared_Sully0 1h
Much respect to @jasoncollins34 for doing what he is doing.... He was a great teammate and I support you either way...
I do think from a "historical significance" standpoint, there's a rush to judgment here from a lot of people in the media that belies the reality. Jason Collins is a free agent in his mid-30s, his basketball season is over and he's a marginal player. He's not the first openly gay "active" player in one of the major sports leagues until he actually steps onto an NBA basketball court again, which might not ever happen, for reasons completely unrelated to his sexuality.
Assuming that he does latch on with a team somewhere (and maybe this actually helps his chances), then it's big. It's still not Jackie Robinson. He's not going to be in any starting lineups. He's not going to be on the court for 30 or 40 minutes a game. And for the handful of minutes that he does play, the only time he touches the ball might be when he grabs a rebound. There's only so much that he can do to clear the way for other gay athletes. Not because of who he is as a person (by all accounts, a good one), but who he is as a player.
Regardless, good for Jason Collins for giving himself the chance to feel like a whole person.
Check it out. An avatar.