HoopsHype Jason Collins rumors

May 15, 2014 Updates

Collins said he did not hear any taunts from fans or any other opponents. "Not that I can think of," Collins said. "I try to focus on control what you can control. That is what I kind of live by. So I didn't really put any expectation on what to expect from fans or this and that. You just try to deal with each situation and keep that poise and posture about yourself." ESPN.com

April 26, 2014 Updates

President Obama has appointed Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, to serve on his Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, the White House said Thursday. Obama also tapped daytime television host Rachel Ray and former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning, who earlier this year hosted the president at his home for a fundraiser benefitting the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The Hill

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According Jason Collins, Johnson's former teammate with the Hawks and now his teammate with the Nets, that change has been the product of Johnson's surroundings more than anything else. "A lot of it is that Joe has trust in our teammates to make the right play," Collins said Tuesday, before the Nets tipped off against the Toronto Raptors for Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. "I'm sure that trust existed in Atlanta, but he doesn't have to do it by himself. Sometimes, when we were in Atlanta, we definitely gave him the ball at the end of the shot clock and said, 'Go make a play.' But the offense here in Brooklyn, we move the ball, we make the extra pass." Wall Street Journal

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Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins revealed Thursday that he has heard negative comments from another player during a game. Collins, the NBA's first active openly gay player, would not reveal the identity of the player or the team he plays for. He told ESPNNewYork.com that he did not react to the comments while on the court. ESPN.com

"There's no need to even engage in a conversation with him at that point," Collins said. "In the flow of the game, you have emotions going. It goes back to controlling what I can control -- having self control and having the discipline to recognize it for what it is and keep the focus on the game. "We're all human. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. You hope that if someone has a negative opinion, that they would keep it to themselves. But at the same time, I understand that in the NBA, we're a bunch of individuals and this is America and everyone's entitled to their opinion." ESPN.com

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While Collins was still technically a Wizard when he came out, he was on the verge of entering free agency. Fan and media speculation through much of the offseason centered on what impact he’d have on a roster — on the entire league, really — when a team eventually signed him. But since the Nets offered an initial 10-day contract last month, and after a flurry of attention, Collins has largely become just another contributor off the bench. His sexuality largely feels like a non-issue. “It shouldn’t be,” Webster said. “I don’t understand. Somebody comes out and says he’s gay — I don’t see why that would be a big problem. Who cares? It’s not a problem for me. I guess I can say I’m proud of him, but it shouldn’t even be a big deal. If he’s happy, I’m happy.” Washington Post

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Former NBA player and Stanford standout Jarron Collins joined me for an interview on the radio show (12-3p on 750-AM) to talk NCAA basketball, NBA's playoff race, and his twin brother, Jason, who is the first openly gay player in the league. "I'm very proud of my brother," Jarron said. "I had no idea he was in the closet for so long. When I found out I was definitely surprised when he told me. Then again, it's all about acceptance and love. That's my brother and I'm going to support him." Oregonian

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