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Jason Collins
Jason Collins
Position: None
Born: 12/02/78
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:259 lbs. / 117.9 kg.
Collins sees the distraction defense as a convenient excuse for something else and offers a pointed critique of Dungy’s view. “If you were to ask Tony Dungy if he feels like homophobia is in his level of thinking or if he’s homophobic, he’d say no,” Collins says. “Well, if you were to ask Donald Sterling if he sees how his comments are racist, he said no, too. Some people don’t recognize their own racism, homophobia. His awareness, and people like him, are the problem.” Dungy declined comment when offered an opportunity to respond.
Last summer, NBC analyst and former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy said he would not have drafted Sam. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play,” Dungy told the Tampa Tribune, “but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.” That still rankles Collins. He says when he joined the Nets “there was this myth that I’d be a distraction,” but that “after two weeks, it was back to business as usual. There are only so many times you can write the story about the gay teammate.”
Collins believes a lot of assistant coaches are afraid to come forward for fear of ruining their chances of receiving head coaching opportunities. “A lot of those assistant coaches are waiting for that head coach to step forward and show that level of leadership,” Collins said. “The culture still has a long way to go to still embrace an openly gay coach, as well. We need that at the collegiate level and professional level.” It was a difficult decision for Collins, and he said his responsibility is to make that decision easier for those who follow him. “There is always work to be done,” he said. “Working the NBA level, the culture has changed so much and we talked about it as far as the language in the locker room and stressing to the players that this is the way the country is going. It’s great to see people being accepted. There are those people that I am in contact with that aren’t ready yet to step into the public. So it’s my job to create that environment and work with straight allies because we can’t do this alone in the LGBT community.”
Collins participated in a panel on diversity and inclusion hosted by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Brought up in that discussion was the potential of coaches to make the same public leap as Collins did two years ago. “There still is a culture in sport that we need more coaches to live an authentic life,” he said. “I know that there are a lot of coaches, particularly in college coaching, who are living their private lives up to a certain point and it’s sort of like we need a [Apple CEO] Tim Cook, when he did write that op-ed and officially came out. This is a CEO and leader of one of the biggest companies in the world fully acknowledging and saying that he’s sacrificing his private life for the sake of the greater good.”
Former NBA player Jason Collins has signed on to become an analyst for Yahoo Sports. Collins, who came out two years ago, will be giving on-camera commentary on the NCAA’s men’s basketball tournament and the remainder of the NBA season starting March 15. “At Yahoo Sports, we’re always look to guide our readers to the best, most relevant, original content we can,” Yahoo stated in a release. “And today I’m happy to welcome the latest addition to our lineup, former NBA player Jason Collins. Jason will provide original video programming for the Yahoo Sports studio including basketball analysis for both the upcoming men’s NCAA basketball tournament and the NBA.”