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#1    Ohelemapit

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:16 PM

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NBA player Jason Collins has said it is "mind-boggling" to be the first active male athlete in a major sport in the US to come out as gay.

In an interview with ABC News, Collins said he hoped other professional athletes would now follow his lead.

On Monday, he declared in Sports Illustrated: "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."

The 7ft basketball player has been inundated with messages of support from across the world of sport and politics.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:26 PM

Yeah saw this on the TV,why is this such a big deal in the USA.

Is North America Homophobic ?

Edited by shaddow134, 30 April 2013 - 09:34 PM.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:58 PM

Fair play to him.  

It's funny that this guy might have felt worried about coming out, he is 7ft tall for christ's sake.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 10:02 PM

Wonder if he'll be considered the Jackie Robinson for gays


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 10:04 PM

View Postshaddow134, on 30 April 2013 - 09:26 PM, said:

Yeah saw this on the TV,why is this such a big deal in the USA.

Is North America Homophobic ?

Not where I live.


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 10:15 PM

In the end this will only be viewed as a good thing in years to come.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 10:22 PM

View PostWalter White, on 30 April 2013 - 09:58 PM, said:

Fair play to him.  

It's funny that this guy might have felt worried about coming out, he is 7ft tall for christ's sake.
Why do people think just cos your bigger than most you should be tougher on the inside than most?
Im bigger than average and find that others(small people) think for some reason im mentally tougher than average.
Nothing but sizeist!
Anyway, whats so unexplained about someone "coming out"?


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 10:36 PM

View Postjohnny blue eyes, on 30 April 2013 - 10:22 PM, said:


Why do people think just cos your bigger than most you should be tougher on the inside than most?
Im bigger than average and find that others(small people) think for some reason im mentally tougher than average.
Nothing but sizeist!
Anyway, whats so unexplained about someone "coming out"?
I only meant it as a light hearted comment, I apologise most sincerely. :)

I can imagine, well actually I can't to be honest, what coming out as the only homosexual in major American sports must be like.  A time for courage if ever there was one.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:19 PM

View PostHoboMoo, on 30 April 2013 - 10:02 PM, said:

Wonder if he'll be considered the Jackie Robinson for gays

Big difference, at least to me. There have been gays playing sports for years, just not "openly" gay. There were not any "closet" blacks in the Major Leagues. Everyone is treating this as a big deal, but I just don't get it. Who cares what your sexual orientation is? I only care if you are a good player and/or if you play for a team I like.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:20 PM

View PostWalter White, on 30 April 2013 - 10:36 PM, said:

I only meant it as a light hearted comment, I apologise most sincerely. :)

I can imagine, well actually I can't to be honest, what coming out as the only homosexual in major American sports must be like.  A time for courage if ever there was one.

Not the only one, just the only one to come out while still active (if not being on a team is considered active). I'm sure there are others.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:57 PM

Good for him.  It's a shame that it gets made such a big deal out of it really, his sexual preference does not effect the way he plays sports one little bit so shouldn't be anyone's business.

But glad he feels he can be open about it, and hopefully others who have perhaps felt they had to hide it will now feel it no longer has to be hidden.


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Posted 01 May 2013 - 03:03 PM

View PostBama13, on 01 May 2013 - 02:20 PM, said:



Not the only one, just the only one to come out while still active (if not being on a team is considered active). I'm sure there are others.
That's what I meant to say. :lol:

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 03:10 PM

He's a good baller.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 03:48 PM

I'll be quite content when the world gets over their naive, close-minded views on being gay. It's becoming quite mundane.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 03:57 PM

I wonder how his teammates will feel about him bouncing his balls all over the locker room now?

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