|Jason, no need to give Tristan a facial.|
-That’s a pretty ignorant way to treat this as this is a major deal in society and sports. People have been waiting for someone to do this for a while now and it has finally happened. Just because Jason Collins isn’t a superstar doesn’t make it any less important. Granted, if someone like Phil Mickelson came out (and he will), it would be a huge story, but this is still a very big story in itself. Let’s be honest, one’s sexuality has no real impact on anything sports-related but anything that takes place which allows us to show how much we’ve advanced as a society is a good thing. No one really gives a shit when women athletes come out of the closet so maybe one day far down the road, no one will mind much when male athletes do the same.
At the same time, “Who Cares?” is also a pleasant reaction to a pro athlete coming out. Who cares indeed? We live in a world where Jerry Sandusky, Oscar Pistorius, and Kim Jong Un do what they do so we’ve become a bit de-sensitized on the issue of homosexuality and where it stands in regard to societal importance and moral outrage. That is a good thing.
The guy is a shitty basketball player so why should I really care?
-Magary nailed it at Deadspin on Monday. That is completely not the point of any of this. This is a case of a grown man seeing all the shit around him like the Boston bombings and saying “fuck it, life’s too short to not be myself”. Like I said above, this is the first step in a long series of flights of stairs for active modern day gay athletes (male) but now the door is open. The fact that he sucks (and he really does and always has) is irrelevant.
What happens if he doesn’t play next year coming off of that ferocious 3 point/3 rebound season he just had?
-OK, he will absolutely not be playing pro basketball next season. It will have more to do with him being old and bad than being gay. He barely got minutes with the Wizards this year. That is all you need to know. I honestly didn’t even think that Jason Collins was still in the league (and I probably thought the same thing ten years ago). It still doesn’t change anything that I’ve stated above. There will always be dipshits like Chris Culliver in every locker room but this is the start of hopefully a new dynamic of acceptance among meatheads.
Is Tim Brando right when he Tweeted that Collins is no hero?
-I’m not gay so I can’t answer that. I don’t know if Jason Collins is a hero. He isn’t for me. I do know that Tim Brando shouldn’t be telling people who they should look up to though. Apparently, Brando called Darius Rucker a hero a few years ago for doing some probably horrible concert after a golf outing so clearly Tim knows the definition of the word. Prime is my hero because he plays music.
Is Chris Broussard right when he said that homosexuality is wrong?
-On Facebook the other night, Ape said something to the effect that Broussard uses faith as a veil for bigotry. Many times this is true but I don’t think so in this case. By all accounts, Chris lives his life by the teachings of the Bible as he is a born-again Christian. It’s a little tough for me to believe that a guy is a hard-line Christian while covering NBA players but he’s got a job to do and he does it pretty well. I don’t agree with his beliefs in this case but I don’t chide him for answering a question truthfully.
It’s ESPN’s fault, isn’t it?
-Of course it is. They knew what was going to happen if they put him on Outside The Lines to talk about this. They knew EXACTLY what would happen and what the effect would be. The Worldwide Leader had nothing to do with this massive sports and social story so they wedged their way into it with horrible discourse and controversy. They do this ALL THE TIME. If they aren’t at the front of the story then they will force their way into it. It’s disgusting actually. What was once a network designed to show highlights and games has turned into this dumpster fire of “embracing debate”. Debate is fine but creating unnecessary and uncalled for shit storms is not. There is no excuse for why First Take is still on the air. It doesn’t get ratings, the contributors are all terrible and/or racist, and it was just deemed one of the 20 worst shows on all of television. ESPN took a courageous story surrounding something that we have yet to see in sports and literally jizzed all over it. And, you know, they covered Tenor for 15 minutes before mentioning this.
Now that I think about it, is there any difference between the ESPN Embrace Debate shows and what we do here in the comments? I start things off with a topic. We all pick a side to be on. We assume that whoever screams the loudest wins. No one wins except for the host. We stop arguing and agree to pick things up the next day. What I’m trying to say here is WHERE IS OUR SHOW!
-I would imagine that slowly we will get more athletes coming forward and that will be great. I think that Aaron Craft has a press conference called for later today actually. It’s cool as shit that all of his Wiz teammates are publicly supporting him so hopefully this is just the beginning. Plus, I think it will be fucking hilarious to see some enraged rube stand up and yell “FAGGOT” at stadiums and arenas because you know that someone out there will. I just hope I’m sitting next to that guy because intolerance of other cultures is always major LULZ to this guy.
So there you have it. My take on the Jason Collins/Chris Broussard/gay athlete thing. And if you think that this is just typical liberal G$ spouting his pro-homo agenda, just know that I’m in the middle of watching all of Six Feet Under and I can’t stand Dexter and Keith. I fast forward through all of their gross gay scenes (and they are ALL disgusting…no wonder he turned out to be a serial killer on another network and show). There are plenty of things to discuss today even if most of it is just agreeing with me that we should take this site to TV. I can only think of ending this post one way and that is by asking all of you to suck my dick.