Ever since NBA Center Jason Collins made his historic announcement a couple months ago, the question has been asked, will he actually play? Yes, we’ve broken through now to have an openly gay male athlete in one of the major team sports. Jason Collins the social trail blazer is accomplished and accepted. But what about Jason Collins the NBA five?
He hasn’t set foot in a NBA locker room or court yet as an openly gay man. If he doesn’t, what does that mean for this sociopolitical sports milestone?
Teams still need backup big men; whether that’s Jason Collins or not. From The Paper of Record:
Now, a week into the N.B.A.’s summer signing period, he remains without a new team, and it could be weeks or even several months before he knows what his future holds. As he waits, he finds himself in a historic position as the first openly gay free agent seeking another contract. It is a moment being watched closely for its perceived sociological significance, although Collins himself is determ...