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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.
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Jason Collins: My official statement on the @NBA moving the 2017 All Star game out of North Carolina. #NBAfamily: “As a member of the NBA family and as a gay man, I’m extremely proud to see the NBA take initiative and move the All Star Game from North Carolina. Their decision is an extremely poignant one and shows that discrimination of any kind is not welcome in sports and is not acceptable in any part of our society. The NBA has set the best kind of example and precedent moving forward for all to follow.”
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Sports Equality Foundation, an organization focused on empowering athletes and coaches to publicly come out, launched on Wednesday. The foundation branched off of the work of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, which has focused on anti-bullying to the LGBT community for the last five years in the U.S. and United Kingdom. While similar groups are focused on speeches and sensitivity training, Outsports.com co-founder Cyd Ziegler told USA TODAY Sports “we believe the singular most important tool to changing sports is people coming out.” Ziegler will serve on the foundation’s advisory board. Joining him will be Jason Collins, the first out NBA player, and Billy Bean, an openly gay former MLB player who serves as the league’s ambassador for inclusion, among others.
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In an interview after the roundtable, Collins said he was not concerned with Clinton’s past remarks on same-sex marriage. Clinton has openly spoke against legalizing same-sex marriage, including during debate in the Senate in 2004 against a proposal to amend the constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. “I believe that marriage is not just a bond, but a sacred bond between a man and a woman. I have had occasion in my life to defend marriage, to stand up for marriage, to believe in the hard work and challenge of marriage,” Clinton said. “So I take umbrage at anyone who might suggest that those of us who worry about amending the Constitution are less committed to the sanctity of marriage, or to the fundamental bedrock principle that exists between a man and a woman”
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.
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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.”