Lately there has been a very hot topic in American sports involving athletes and their sexuality and the masculine stigma that athletes carry which have kept most gay male athletes in the closet. Today in sports, Boston Celtics center Jason Collins announced he was gay. While few Olympians, equestrians, figure skaters, and football player Esera Tuaolo, and former basketball player John Amaechi have all revealed they are gay, Collins is the first active player in the NBA to come out as an openly gay man. With the likes of alleged “closeted” gay athletes such as Kerry Rhodes pictured below, will more gay men and women find comfort in knowing other athletes are coming out the closet?
Above, Rhodes is pictured with former gay assistant where rumors started to swirl that the two were in a relationship. According to Rhodes’ assistant, those rumors are true. Rhodes has however denied the claims stating he has been with a woman for 10 years and they are getting married in June. “I am not gay. The shots were taken during a past vacation in a casual environment with my entire business team.”
Jason Collins Via Sports Illustrated Reported the below:
I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.
I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.
My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the , and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons.
I’ve played for six pro teams and have appeared in two NBA Finals. Ever heard of a parlor game called Three Degrees of Jason Collins? If you’re in the league, and I haven’t been your teammate, I surely have been one of your teammates’ teammates. Or one of your teammates’ teammates’ teammates.
Now I’m a free agent, literally and figuratively. I’ve reached that enviable state in life in which I can do pretty much what I want. And what I want is to continue to play . I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful.