Wiz of Awes Roundtable: Jason Collins Comes Out

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December 21, 2012; Boston, MA USA; Boston Celtics center Jason Collins (98) speaks to the crowd prior to a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Mehic:

Even though this event doesn’t have much, if any, significance towards myself, I realize that this event does impact many people around the world.

Jason Collins is not the first homosexual athlete to come out to the public, but his courage to do so has been publicized worldwide. People, and myself included, often leave personal lives out of sports, but situations like these will inevitably be heard throughout the country.

Since Collins plays in the NBA, the platform he is given to impact people is unbelievable. His decision to come out has sparked positivity throughout the world. I’ve heard nothing besides positive comments and support from his colleagues, fans, and teammates.

With all that said, Jason Collins is still one of the worst basketball players I’ve ever seen. But there is a reason he has managed to play 11 seasons in the NBA. Every team Collins has played for, stressed his great character and ability to mentor younger players. He’s definitely not going to contribute on the basketball floor, but his constant professionalism reflects on the type of person he is.

I hope teams around the league aren’t impacted by Collins’ decision to come out in a negative manner, especially since he is entering free agency this off-season.


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