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Collins Reaction

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  Jason Collins came out Monday and admitted to being gay.  The NBA player is the first of the four American sports (NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB) to opening admit to being gay.  He has received support from a majority of those who have reacted to it.  From the White House to the NBA Players Association to Kobe Bryant.  While this is historic in nature, the real test will come when Collins plays again, if he does.  Right now, he is a 34-year old center without a team.  It will be interesting to see if any team takes a shot at signing him now that he's openly admitted to being gay.   The challenge if he does play is how will his teammates accept him, not on the court, but in the locker room.  In sports, the locker room can be a very sacred ground for the athletes.  As long as the media is not in the locker room they can say what ever they want and be themselves.  It is there time to be a team and only a team.  You can expect, like all facets of society, that there will be critics and haters, perhaps even among teammates.  If something like this does not become a lightning rod for the team that possibly signs Collins it will be a green-light for others to come out and admit it to.  Like it or not, it is part of our society today and in turn, part of sports too.  I applaud Collins for his courage to admit he is gay but I also wish him good luck in overcoming the obstacles that lie ahead if he continues to play. 

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