Washington Wizards center Jason Collins yesterday announced, “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”
First of all, it is pretty obvious that he is black, so I’m puzzled as to why he had to tell people that. Second of all, I really don’t need to know what people do with their private parts so long as they aren’t doing anything illegal. What’s next? Who will be the first major league sports athlete to come out as a chronic masturbator? As living the BDSM lifestyle? I just don’t care. I don’t even want to know if a player is straight and monogamous. I just want athletes to go out there and excel at their jobs.
There’s more to this. The average age of an NBA player is just under 27 and the average length of experience in the league is under 5 years. Collins is 7 years over on both counts. Add to that the Wizards coming off a terrible 29-53 season and his abysmal stats for the year and you start to see the bigger picture. His career is at the end of the line and one has to wonder if this is nothing more than a publicity stunt to try and extend it.
Jackie Robinson you aren’t…