NBA Veteran “Comes Out” To Sports Illustrated
Jason Collins has played in the NBA for 12 years for six different organizations. He has appeared in two NBA finals. He graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Westlake High School. For a man who has been mostly associated with his basketball abilities, today, he is making headlines for other reasons.
Collins, with the help of Franz Lidz of SI.com, introduced himself to the world in a new light…
“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”
Love One Another. That is the life motto in my household. It’s what I was always taught growing up and it’s what I am teaching my daughter. I was brought up in a God-fearing home. We were quickly taught that there’s only one person who is allowed to judge anyone and that’s the man upstairs. So, when I read this incredibly-written article, penned by Collins himself, I couldn’t help but be happy for him. Can you imagine concealing who you are from everyone in your life? How hard would it be to anticipate how the most important people in your life would react to the news on who you really are?
Now, I know, there will be some people who will say negative things about Jason coming out. And I say to you, To each his own. I chose not to judge. I chose to love and accept.
I’m proud of him. I’m proud of him for being proud of who he is. Being proud of who we are is a struggle that we all face each and every day, gay or straight.
Love one another.