HoopsHype Jason Collins rumors

November 19, 2014 Updates

“Hey Jason … Jason! How come we never see you with any women? Are you gay?” The team bus was uncomfortably silent. Everybody from the front of the bus to the back heard the question. It wasn’t the first time something like this had happened. In sports, guys bust each other’s balls all the time. I had been asked that question a few different times by teammates in my previous years in the league, but this time was different. Whenever guys would go out on the town on road trips, I always had a built-in excuse—a trip to a local casino or a visit to a family friend or a college buddy in that city who I had to go see. Sometimes those friends were real. Sometimes I made them up and would sit alone in the hotel watching TV while the guys went out to enjoy the nightlife. The Players' Tribune

As ridiculous as it sounds, I asked myself, What would a straight guy do in this situation? So I pulled the fake-heated mean-mug face. Like, no way am I gay. Me? Are you serious? I started talking about a girl who had conveniently come to visit me that week. Of course, this girl was just a friend, but the guys didn’t know that. So I just kept talking, hoping I sounded believable. I felt like I was sinking in quicksand. It was so silent you could hear a pin drop. Finally, somebody yelled out from the back of the bus, “Hey, what are you talking about? I saw him out with that girl the other night. Come on, man. You crazy. He’s straight.” The Players' Tribune

I’d had enough. I wanted to be free. A few months later, after 33 years of not telling a single soul, I came out of the closet. First to a friend in Los Angeles, then to my aunt Teri. She said she had always known, and she was fully supportive. With that initial burden lifted, I told my family and close friends next. Unlike Teri, my twin brother Jarron was stunned. To be honest, I was pretty surprised that I was able to fool him for three decades. This is the guy I spent more hours talking to than any other person in my life. For the first time, he saw the real me. He had absolutely no idea. The Players' Tribune

When I decided to come out publicly with my letter in Sports Illustrated in April 2013, I was fully prepared to never play in the NBA again. Being an older free agent, I was dreading the “D” word. He’s a Distraction. Why bother? But I was also bracing myself to hear a lot worse, whether it was from opposing fans or from players. I had been in sports locker rooms since my high school days in the mid-’90s. I knew how guys talked. Athletes can be very … colorful with their language. The Players' Tribune

After that, everything happened really fast. I’ve often been asked if I was nervous to face the team for the first time. Honestly, I barely had time to think about it. I was more worried about how I was supposed to pack for a road trip. There’s only so much you can fit in a few travel bags, and when you’re a seven-footer, you can’t just roll up to the mall and buy normal-size jeans. I remember packing thinking that my wardrobe rotation was going to be very limited if I end up staying with the team for the rest of the year. Everybody wanted to know what it’s like to play in a game as an openly gay man in the NBA. From the moment I stepped onto the court to the moment the final buzzer sounded—it was the same as my previous 12 years. The Players' Tribune

September 21, 2014 Updates

Not even the transition program itself is exempt from mishaps. In 2008, Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat and Darrell Arthur, formerly of the Memphis Grizzlies, were sent home and fined $20,000 after being caught with women in a room that smelled of pot. And last year, Shabazz Muhammad, a rookie for the Minnesota Timberwolves, was ejected after illicitly entertaining a woman (he was forced to repeat the program this year). “We’ve all heard the horror stories,” said Jason Collins, who most recently played for the Brooklyn Nets and who, as the N.B.A.’s first openly gay player, had come to talk about diversity. “When they leave the Rookie Transition Program, their learning process is just beginning.” New York Times

August 19, 2014 Updates

Collins, who remains a free agent, told the Blade he has not made any decisions about the upcoming season and whether he will return to the Nets. “I’m going to enjoy my summer right now,” he said. “I still work out. I still train.” Collins told the Blade his immediate plans include public speaking and traveling. “I will evaluate things at the end of the summer,” he said. Washington Blade

August 14, 2014 Updates

Jason Collins is probably done with professional basketball. And he should be. He's still undecided about attempting a return for his 14th NBA season. And he does have some interest in becoming a coach or joining a front office. But right now, he is already fulfilled and has never been more relevant to the sports landscape. Oakland Tribune

August 12, 2014 Updates
July 24, 2014 Updates

Collins was asked about it on Takepart.com and he noted that people have to be wary of "code words" and noted that despite the historic nature of his signing, it quickly became about basketball... "As an NBA coach, shouldn't he want a challenge. As an athlete, I love a challenge, overcoming obstacles. That being said, I think that personnel, coaches, owners, can look at my example, my journey and see that after two weeks back, it was about basketball. There were games, especially a month after I was signed, that reporters didn't even ask me any questions. NetsDaily

July 17, 2014 Updates
July 3, 2014 Updates

The Warriors’ coaching staff under Steve Kerr will include assistant coaches of player development Jarron Collins and Bruce Fraser. Collins was a Stanford star alongside twin brother Jason Collins and later played 10 years in the NBA, including one season with Phoenix while Kerr was the Suns’ general manager. Contra Costa Times

June 26, 2014 Updates

Jason Collins talked basketball with NBA fan --and MSNBC host-- Ronan Farrow Wednesday and when at the end of the interview he was asked if he was planning a return to the NBA, he was again non-committal, but also got a bit emotional when talking about the reception he received when he joined the Nets. "I haven't decided yet. After everything went down over the last year, I kind of need a mental break right now. I'm going around doing a lot of speaking opportunities, speaking up for civil rights issues, LGBT issues. I'm enjoying my summer. I'm a huge fan of tennis. I'm going to Wimbledon next week to check that out. NetsDaily

June 7, 2014 Updates
June 6, 2014 Updates

NBA player Jason Collins says he knew he was gay at 16 but didn't say it out loud until he was 32. In a nearly 8-minute video titled It Got Better Featuring Jason Collins for the It Gets Better Project, Collins discusses coming out. “Around 16 I kind of knew I had different kind of feelings,” Collins said. On Top Magazine

June 2, 2014 Updates

Marriott International is going after the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community with a new social media and marketing campaign that launches today, joining a number of major hotel chains aggressively trying to lure the lucrative clientele. #LoveTravels will feature images wrapped around five hotels in Washington, D.C., print ads in LGBT media, an online portrait gallery and other ads in various U.S. cities. The ads will feature openly gay NBA player Jason Collins, among other spokespeople. Images and videos plus personal stories will be available at LoveTravels.Marriott.com and at Marriott.com/gaytravel. USA Today Sports

May 24, 2014 Updates

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