Boston, Massachusetts - NBA star Jason Collins shocked fans worldwide when he announced that he is gay. In the early hours of the morning, Collins could no longer hold his secret. He felt the need to let the grieving city of Boston know that he is a gay man.
Traditionaly, it could be said that one’s private life should have no effect on how you are treated on the court. But look at how the liberal media treats people like Kobe Bryant for having an affair. Do we all remember how Magic Johnson was forced out of the league and harassed for being HIV positive?
It is great that Jason Collins thinks we all need to know where he is passing the dribble at night, but I do not think it is good for the sport of basketball. It is too distracting.
What other players in the league are harboring a secret homosexuality? Many players have cornrows that seem just a bit too neat. And all the excessive slapping on the backside? Which one of those are telling the story of secret lockeroom shags after a game? Perhaps Shaq’s free throw shooting was so stiff all the time for a reason, and he fought with Kobe like a jilted lover.
All those silly thoughts aside, that is the sort of speculation you will start to see if we let all the gay players in the NBA make a media headline for themselves by saying they are gay. We don’t really care.
I think it is best for the NBA to have a Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. If you are gay, keep it to yourself. Do whatever you want to off the court for all I care. The last thing we need is the NBA to become a staging ground for the gay right’s movement. It is sports: it is a break from politics. And make all the Jackie Robinson comparisons you want, it is not the same thing.
Being the first gay athlete in the NBA is not going to change anyone’s opinion on gay marriage, is it? Jason Collins will still be a decent basketball player. Most NBA fans will continue to support him, as long as he’s making baskets and not pulling defensive and offensive boners on the court. And that’s how it should be.
Everyone should make it a habit to check their personal lifestyle in the lockerroom, because frankly, it is just too distracting from the game.