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First gay athlete in a major sport came out

Unread postby JJN » Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:52 pm

Had to check my calendar and realize that it is, in fact, 2013. Jason Collins is now the first active major American sport athlete to come out.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazi ... z2RrjYUqUM

Big move, interesting article.
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Unread postby Hikohadon » Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:07 pm

Seems like it should be no big deal, but then you read the comments to the story and get convinced that there's a shitload of people out there that are medical miracles since it seems that they're too stupid to breathe and have their heart beat at the same time.
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Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:20 pm

Good for Collins. I hope this leads to more players being comfortable coming out.
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Unread postby peeker643 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:35 pm

Hikohadon wrote:Seems like it should be no big deal, but then you read the comments to the story and get convinced that there's a shitload of people out there that are medical miracles since it seems that they're too stupid to breathe and have their heart beat at the same time.


Amen.

Seriously. I said elsewhere that this story will be a much better story when it's not a story at all.

It's fucking hard enough to live happily. Find it and live it for the short time we're here. And to the narrow minded assholes that can't get past this kind of thing, go back under your rock.
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Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:41 pm

Well.... Stupid comes quick in the Twitter age.

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Unread postby Hikohadon » Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:52 pm

Cerebral_DownTime wrote:Well.... Stupid comes quick in the Twitter age.

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That'll go over GREAT in Miami.
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Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:59 pm

I'm not sure Wallace understands that a gay man isn't attracted to women, no matter how hot they are. Which is beyond stupid.
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Unread postby motherscratcher » Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:10 pm

Hikohadon wrote:Seems like it should be no big deal, but then you read the comments to the story and get convinced that there's a shitload of people out there that are medical miracles since it seems that they're too stupid to breathe and have their heart beat at the same time.


I'm not familiar with Collins, but good for him. I do think that he will encounter far more support than otherwise. I hope so anyway.

I don't see comments following the story, though.
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Unread postby JJN » Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:33 pm

Cerebral_DownTime wrote:Well.... Stupid comes quick in the Twitter age.

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Hopefully we can keep sending all the bigoted fuckwads further and further south. Maybe with if we send enough they will all get pushed into the ocean.
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Unread postby e0y2e3 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:06 pm

Think ESPN will fire Broussard? Because they should.

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Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:24 pm

Here's Broussard's moronic statement. Because when a gay player comes out, we must get the Christian opinion...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4PTUPXdfE0
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Unread postby motherscratcher » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:35 pm

Broussard is a deep thinker
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Unread postby leadpipe » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:41 pm

motherscratcher wrote:
Hikohadon wrote:Seems like it should be no big deal, but then you read the comments to the story and get convinced that there's a shitload of people out there that are medical miracles since it seems that they're too stupid to breathe and have their heart beat at the same time.


I'm not familiar with Collins, but good for him. I do think that he will encounter far more support than otherwise. I hope so anyway.

I don't see comments following the story, though.


Suuuure you're not familiar with Collins.......

Look, just like gay marriage, I don't give a shit. None of my business.

I don't give a shit about Jason Collins anymore than I did yesterday.

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Unread postby peeker643 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:39 pm

e0y2e3 wrote:Think ESPN will fire Broussard? Because they should.

Always said Ohio breeds intolerance...


Clearly.

Because there are at least six Ohioans in the thread who support Collins and because Broussard is as much an Ohioan as you are.
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Unread postby dmiles » Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:25 pm

Intolerance of Broussard's intolerant opinion will not be tolerated.
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Unread postby bookelly » Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:37 am

Meh. Who cares anymore? Everyone is a close friend of or relative of somebody gay. Or gay themselves. And nobody cares. It's nice to be living in the future.

But good on this cat for doing what he is doing. And the idiots who give him shit are living on the wrong side of history and making themselves out to be...idiots.
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Unread postby JJN » Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:52 am

bookelly wrote:Meh. Who cares anymore? Everyone is a close friend of or relative of somebody gay. Or gay themselves. And nobody cares. It's nice to be living in the future.


You apparently have the awareness of a turnip. In the big 4 American sports leagues, there is currently one, count'em one, openly gay active player. Yesterday there were zero. That's why this is a big deal, because sports is perhaps the only institution we have that is so covered by the media and so homophobic at the same time (at least outside the RCC).

Maybe everyone is hunky dory with gays where you live, but that is definitely not the case in large parts of the country.
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Unread postby Triple-S » Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:02 pm

Cerebral_DownTime wrote:Here's Broussard's moronic statement. Because when a gay player comes out, we must get the Christian opinion...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4PTUPXdfE0


That's not a "Christian" opinion, that's an opinion of a moron.

THIS:

http://www.awfulannouncing.com/2013/apr ... llins.html

is a Christian opinion.
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Unread postby CAVSTRIBEBROWNSin07! » Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:15 pm

Triple-S wrote:
Cerebral_DownTime wrote:Here's Broussard's moronic statement. Because when a gay player comes out, we must get the Christian opinion...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4PTUPXdfE0


That's not a "Christian" opinion, that's an opinion of a moron.

THIS:

http://www.awfulannouncing.com/2013/apr ... llins.html

is a Christian opinion.


His opinion basically boils down to that homosexuality is no more a sin than any of the multitude of other sins that Christians might commit, but we can't interpret the bible so literally. I'm not Christian and am having a hard time wrapping my head around that logic of sin A is ok therefore sin B is too. Care to explain that "Christian opinion"? Genuinely curious.
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Unread postby peeker643 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:25 pm

Not going to go back to CCD days but I really think this is the overriding message (and not the weight of a given sin and mortal/venial arguments):

The ministry of Christ was always about bringing people in - the poor, the sick, the sinners, the tax collectors, and more - never turning them away. One cannot reconcile the truths of a just God who loves unconditionally and values grace and free will with the condemnation of a homosexual person made in God's image. Christ came not to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.


I mean, that's the gist of it all, right?


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Triple-S wrote:
Cerebral_DownTime wrote:Here's Broussard's moronic statement. Because when a gay player comes out, we must get the Christian opinion...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4PTUPXdfE0


That's not a "Christian" opinion, that's an opinion of a moron.

THIS:

http://www.awfulannouncing.com/2013/apr ... llins.html

is a Christian opinion.


His opinion basically boils down to that homosexuality is no more a sin than any of the multitude of other sins that Christians might commit, but we can't interpret the bible so literally. I'm not Christian and am having a hard time wrapping my head around that logic of sin A is ok therefore sin B is too. Care to explain that "Christian opinion"? Genuinely curious.
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Unread postby leadpipe » Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:30 pm

Is this the same book with the story of that one cat who took two of each animal and put them on a boat so many cubits long?

Cause I'm not using that for reference material any more than I would Green Eggs and Ham in the kitchen.
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peeker643 wrote:Not going to go back to CCD days but I really think this is the overriding message (and not the weight of a given sin and mortal/venial arguments):

The ministry of Christ was always about bringing people in - the poor, the sick, the sinners, the tax collectors, and more - never turning them away. One cannot reconcile the truths of a just God who loves unconditionally and values grace and free will with the condemnation of a homosexual person made in God's image. Christ came not to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.


I mean, that's the gist of it all, right?


So God loves unconditionally and values free will, but condemns those who sin - ie homosexuals. There is not necessarily anything contradictory there.
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Unread postby peeker643 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:36 pm

leadpipe wrote:Is this the same book with the story of that one cat who took two of each animal and put them on a boat so many cubits long?

Cause I'm not using that for reference material any more than I would Green Eggs and Ham in the kitchen.


It wasn't a cat that took two of all animals, Mike. That's just stupid. Plus that would have made for three cats and the math wouldn't work.

What I do find amusing is the guy banging his babysitter or the guy banging the Eagle Scout or the chick who's banging 6 different guys at work while she's embezzling from the petty cash drawer and poisoning her evil mother with incrementally larger doses of rat poison each day will cite this book as the reason that Jason Collins is an afront to all that Christianity stands for.
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Unread postby peeker643 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:42 pm

I don't believe the thought is that God condemns at all. It says, "Loves unconditionally.." That's what I mean by that being the gist of religion. And that some feel you don't honor that God if you're homesexual.

That's my guess.



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peeker643 wrote:Not going to go back to CCD days but I really think this is the overriding message (and not the weight of a given sin and mortal/venial arguments):

The ministry of Christ was always about bringing people in - the poor, the sick, the sinners, the tax collectors, and more - never turning them away. One cannot reconcile the truths of a just God who loves unconditionally and values grace and free will with the condemnation of a homosexual person made in God's image. Christ came not to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.


I mean, that's the gist of it all, right?


So God loves unconditionally and values free will, but condemns those who sin - ie homosexuals. There is not necessarily anything contradictory there.
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Unread postby leadpipe » Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:52 pm

peeker643 wrote:
leadpipe wrote:Is this the same book with the story of that one cat who took two of each animal and put them on a boat so many cubits long?

Cause I'm not using that for reference material any more than I would Green Eggs and Ham in the kitchen.


It wasn't a cat that took two of all animals, Mike. That's just stupid. Plus that would have made for three cats and the math wouldn't work.

What I do find amusing is the guy banging his babysitter or the guy banging the Eagle Scout or the chick who's banging 6 different guys at work while she's embezzling from the petty cash drawer and poisoning her evil mother with incrementally larger doses of rat poison each day will cite this book as the reason that Jason Collins is an afront to all that Christianity stands for.


And no cherry picking from this literary masterpiece. If you're gonna cite the part about gays being the root of all evil, cite the part about slvary being apparently okey-dokey.

Cause two guys hangin' out is way worse than slavery.
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Unread postby CAVSTRIBEBROWNSin07! » Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:03 pm

leadpipe wrote:And no cherry picking from this literary masterpiece. If you're gonna cite the part about gays being the root of all evil, cite the part about slvary being apparently okey-dokey.

Cause two guys hangin' out is way worse than slavery.


Color me ignorant, but where does it say slavery is ok? I only have knowledge of the old testament, and the concept of slavery there has nothing in common with today's definition of slavery.
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Unread postby bookelly » Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:21 pm

JJN wrote:
bookelly wrote:Meh. Who cares anymore? Everyone is a close friend of or relative of somebody gay. Or gay themselves. And nobody cares. It's nice to be living in the future.


You apparently have the awareness of a turnip. In the big 4 American sports leagues, there is currently one, count'em one, openly gay active player. Yesterday there were zero. That's why this is a big deal, because sports is perhaps the only institution we have that is so covered by the media and so homophobic at the same time (at least outside the RCC).

Maybe everyone is hunky dory with gays where you live, but that is definitely not the case in large parts of the country.


I was more referencing the being gay part. Not the athlete part which is of course significant. And true, out here on the left coast there is certainly a level of tolerance unlike other parts of the country.

It's easy to forget how it is in say, Erie, vs. West Hollywood or the Castro. (flex)
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Unread postby leadpipe » Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:30 pm

CAVSTRIBEBROWNSin07! wrote:
leadpipe wrote:And no cherry picking from this literary masterpiece. If you're gonna cite the part about gays being the root of all evil, cite the part about slvary being apparently okey-dokey.

Cause two guys hangin' out is way worse than slavery.


Color me ignorant, but where does it say slavery is ok? I only have knowledge of the old testament, and the concept of slavery there has nothing in common with today's definition of slavery.


This is to the point of interpretation. One could argue that this is a strength of the book - unless you want to use it for reference.
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Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:20 pm

Fun with Bible slavery.

However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)

Leviticus 25:44-46 If you want slaves, buy them from other nations (45) or from the foreigners who live in your own country, and make them your property. (46) You can own them, and even leave them to your children when you die, but do not make slaves of your own people or be cruel to them.



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Col 3:22
"Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord."


If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. But the slave may plainly declare, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.' If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever. (Exodus 21:2-6 NLT)



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Old Testament God was a real cunt. He had no problem slaughtering countless people with floods, plagues, and fire from the sky that destroyed whole cities.
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Re: First gay athlete in a major sport came out

Unread postby Spin » Wed May 01, 2013 10:01 am

peeker643 wrote:His opinion basically boils down to that homosexuality is no more a sin than any of the multitude of other sins that Christians might commit, but we can't interpret the bible so literally. I'm not Christian and am having a hard time wrapping my head around that logic of sin A is ok therefore sin B is too. Care to explain that "Christian opinion"? Genuinely curious.


What Jesus said in the New Testament is "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."

In other words, nobody is without sin, so nobody should judge anyone else for theirs. Or, don't be a hypocrite.

One single sin will send you to hell, so a lot of people take that to mean all sin is equal. Blowing up a preschool is equal to glancing at a nice rack. That's not true at all.

But that all falls under the New Testament. The Old Testament (obviously) came centuries before the New Testament, and foretells the coming of Christ (which kicks off the New Testament).

Think of it as "Old Law" and "New Law". In the US the old law was that you could own slaves. In today's law, you can't. Abe Lincoln and the Civil War was the game changer.

In Christianity the Old Testament is the old law and the New Testament is the current law, with Jesus Christ being the game changer.

In Islam the game changer was Muhammed.

In Judaism, they're still waiting on the game changer.

Oversimplified by a long shot.
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Unread postby Spin » Wed May 01, 2013 10:11 am

My take on this whole thing is, yeah he is brave for coming out and all that, but some are comparing him to Jackie Robinson which is an absolute fuckin joke. Acceptance is an at all-time high for gays, it's actually trendy. Racism was at an all-time high when JR had the stones to play in the white man's league. Lost in all that is Larry Doby, who went through the same things Jackie did in the NL, but nobody gives a shit because he wasn't "the first".

I think Collins is using this to keep his name in people's minds as he looks for a contract during/after a lackluster career. And/or to leave his mark in sports. I mean, seriously, is there any other reason to remember a 34 year old 3.6 3.8 0.9 journeyman bench rider?
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Unread postby motherscratcher » Wed May 01, 2013 10:25 am

Spin wrote:My take on this whole thing is, yeah he is brave for coming out and all that, but some are comparing him to Jackie Robinson which is an absolute fuckin joke. Acceptance is an at all-time high for gays, it's actually trendy. Racism was at an all-time high when JR had the stones to play in the white man's league. Lost in all that is Larry Doby, who went through the same things Jackie did in the NL, but nobody gives a shit because he wasn't "the first".

I think Collins is using this to keep his name in people's minds as he looks for a contract during/after a lackluster career. And/or to leave his mark in sports. I mean, seriously, is there any other reason to remember a 34 year old 3.6 3.8 0.9 journeyman bench rider?


Yeah, he's probably just using this for attention. He's been such a spotlight whore his entire career. ::doh::
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Re: First gay athlete in a major sport came out

Unread postby Spin » Wed May 01, 2013 10:30 am

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Re: First gay athlete in a major sport came out

Unread postby peeker643 » Wed May 01, 2013 11:39 am

Not a spotlight whore, IMO. But he is at the end. He's an 'active' NBA player in name only right now as he could very well be done.

I think a far bigger impact will be when someone comes out in their prime or as a premier player in college.

Not minimizing the Collins impact. It's a big step.

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Unread postby Hikohadon » Wed May 01, 2013 11:40 am

leadpipe wrote:Is this the same book with the story of that one cat who took two of each animal and put them on a boat so many cubits long?

Cause I'm not using that for reference material any more than I would Green Eggs and Ham in the kitchen.


Slow clap.

I think if you're a Christian you should stick to the New Testament as the basis of your religion and treat the Old Testament as a group of parables that should not be taken at "word for word" value (which is exactly what my pastor advised when I was questioning the whole illogical nature of religion when I was 14, which is sound advice that still didn't prevent me from converting to atheism).

Cuz I'm pretty sure there's a lot in the OT that Jesus wouldn't have been down with.

The reality simply is "I'm uncomfortable with Situation X, so I will use my religious doctrine as my reason for condemning Situation X since I can get it to back up my held beliefs and is easy to hide behind."
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Re: First gay athlete in a major sport came out

Unread postby Hikohadon » Wed May 01, 2013 11:45 am

peeker643 wrote:Not a spotlight whore, IMO. But he is at the end. He's an 'active' NBA player in name only right now as he could very well be done.

I think a far bigger impact will be when someone comes out in their prime or as a premier player in college.

Not minimizing the Collins impact. It's a big step.

This may be John Glenn orbiting the earth. But it ain't the moon landing.


It does remind me of when Michael Scott declared bankruptcy by walking out of his office and yelling "BANKRUPTCY"!

If your mission isn't to grab attention for yourself, you just stop hiding the fact that you're gay. Word will probably get out and you'll have to answer questions from media, and THEN you address it.
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Re: First gay athlete in a major sport came out

Unread postby peeker643 » Wed May 01, 2013 12:00 pm

Hikohadon wrote:
peeker643 wrote:Not a spotlight whore, IMO. But he is at the end. He's an 'active' NBA player in name only right now as he could very well be done.

I think a far bigger impact will be when someone comes out in their prime or as a premier player in college.

Not minimizing the Collins impact. It's a big step.

This may be John Glenn orbiting the earth. But it ain't the moon landing.


It does remind me of when Michael Scott declared bankruptcy by walking out of his office and yelling "BANKRUPTCY"!

If your mission isn't to grab attention for yourself, you just stop hiding the fact that you're gay. Word will probably get out and you'll have to answer questions from media, and THEN you address it.


Fair enough and you're probably right. But neither of the Collins have ever been considered attention whores. They're both very intelligent and it may be a situation where Jason Collins sees this as a greater good and a worthwhile cause to champion.
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Re: First gay athlete in a major sport came out

Unread postby Hikohadon » Wed May 01, 2013 12:31 pm

peeker643 wrote:
Hikohadon wrote:
peeker643 wrote:Not a spotlight whore, IMO. But he is at the end. He's an 'active' NBA player in name only right now as he could very well be done.

I think a far bigger impact will be when someone comes out in their prime or as a premier player in college.

Not minimizing the Collins impact. It's a big step.

This may be John Glenn orbiting the earth. But it ain't the moon landing.


It does remind me of when Michael Scott declared bankruptcy by walking out of his office and yelling "BANKRUPTCY"!

If your mission isn't to grab attention for yourself, you just stop hiding the fact that you're gay. Word will probably get out and you'll have to answer questions from media, and THEN you address it.


Fair enough and you're probably right. But neither of the Collins have ever been considered attention whores. They're both very intelligent and it may be a situation where Jason Collins sees this as a greater good and a worthwhile cause to champion.


Not putting him down necessarily, his mission could very well be to make such a public announcement in order to draw attention to the issue, though he would be the lightning rod. And maybe the issue needs attention drawn to it so we can out the Broussards of the world and stone them to death (as I'm sure their interpretation of the Bible would applaud).

But it was clearly done with the intent of drawing attention. Whether that was to place himself as a martyr to a cause... his motives are his own.

I just don't think I personally would've done it that way. I betcha there have been other players that have been on teams that everyone knew was gay but they didn't make a big announcement of it.
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Re: First gay athlete in a major sport came out

Unread postby e0y2e3 » Wed May 01, 2013 12:38 pm

You clearly didn't see the Phil Jackson and Rudy T interviews from January where they laughed at the notion of a gay player being in the NBA.

Phil thought it was the most ludicrous thing he'd ever heard and that it was impossible.

He did it to inspire others and the attention was a goal, but I'm not going to question the guys motives here.

And he'll be on a team next year just like he would have been without this announcement. There are far worse bigs in the league coming off the bench to play 15 minutes of D a night.
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Re: First gay athlete in a major sport came out

Unread postby Hikohadon » Wed May 01, 2013 1:14 pm

e0y2e3 wrote:You clearly didn't see the Phil Jackson and Rudy T interviews from January where they laughed at the notion of a gay player being in the NBA.

Phil thought it was the most ludicrous thing he'd ever heard and that it was impossible.


No. Surprising, coming from Phil.
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Re: First gay athlete in a major sport came out

Unread postby peeker643 » Wed May 01, 2013 1:55 pm

e0y2e3 wrote:You clearly didn't see the Phil Jackson and Rudy T interviews from January where they laughed at the notion of a gay player being in the NBA.

Phil thought it was the most ludicrous thing he'd ever heard and that it was impossible.

He did it to inspire others and the attention was a goal, but I'm not going to question the guys motives here.

And he'll be on a team next year just like he would have been without this announcement. There are far worse bigs in the league coming off the bench to play 15 minutes of D a night.


I agree he'll likely be on a club. He's big and he's experienced and he's relatively cheap. But teams willing to go with 2 of those 3 will likely look to develop their own, younger version.

7 feet tall, good dude, great teammate, experienced, cheap and 6 fouls to give (and never been afraid to give those) is a skill set.
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Re: First gay athlete in a major sport came out

Unread postby e0y2e3 » Wed May 01, 2013 2:00 pm

Here is Jackson's interview. It really was absurd:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/0 ... 00925.html

And we aren't that far from Tim Hardaway's remarks regarding John Amaechi or LBJ's really weird response to Amaechi.

To Hardaway's credit, he was one of the first people to call Collins and apparently has learned the HUGE error of his ways.

This is a huge deal and anyone that follow sports knows as much. Peeks is dead on w/ his Glenn/Armstrong comparison though. Until an All-Star comes out it won't be addressed all the way.

That said, yesterday was the highest web traffic day ever for SI. It beat the swimsuit issue.
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Re: First gay athlete in a major sport came out

Unread postby OldDawg » Wed May 01, 2013 2:04 pm

This whole "knowing the mind of God" thing is really rather elusive.

I am trying to stay off the "what specifically is sin" topic here. But I'd rather introduce a little philosophy into the discussion...

In the beginning, God created man in His own image. Ever since then, man has been making God in his image. We think we can create our God to be whatever we want Him to be. I believe that we think that since society changes its views on things, then God is coming along for the ride. And we can trace that back for centuries.

Bottom line is, IF we accept that there is a God, then we don't get to make the rules.

IF you believe in creation, then you can look at man and woman and kind of get the idea of why each was created the way they were. We can figure out the plan.

I do know for sure: We all have and do sin. All of us.
I also believe that God calls us to not judge one another. But to love one another.
I also believe that God loves the sinner (hence Jesus). Not so sure he's very fond of the sin.

I'll credit Brousard for not isolating his take to simply "gayness." He stated other sins that for some reason our society (and/or faith) does not think are hot topics. He (and his God) believes you shouldn't cheat on your wife or have premarital "relations."
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Re: First gay athlete in a major sport came out

Unread postby Hikohadon » Wed May 01, 2013 2:31 pm

OldDawg wrote:Bottom line is, IF we accept that there is a God, then we don't get to make the rules.


That's part of the problem - God (if he/she exists) hasn't said what the rules are.

The "rules" as they are were created by people 1000 to 3000 years ago, depending on what Testament you're referring to and which version (re-write) of the Bible it is. And if some dude from 3000 years ago claims that he is speaking on behalf of God - that God told him this or that - I tend to be very skeptical.

The "rules" are basically just laws to keep society in check. Don't murder, don't rape, don't steal... these are just basic tenets that are necessary to keep the village from eating itself.

And since the "rules" were written by society, they indeed should change as society does.

I personally have no issue with religion - I think everyone has their "God" to one extent or another. But Organized Religion? Well, that's just a hierarchy telling the masses what to think/do.
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Re: First gay athlete in a major sport came out

Unread postby motherscratcher » Wed May 01, 2013 3:02 pm

While nobody knows Collin's true and complete motives for sure, I find the view that he is doing this as some sort of attention grab for self glorification as, not only completely baseless, but overly cynical. There is absolutely NOTHING in the man's history that I am aware of that would support such a conclusion.

I've read here that he should have just lived his life in the open and any announcement such as this is unnecessary except to draw attention. Meanwhile in the real world Collins had 3 options as far as I can tell:

1. He could continue to live his life in the closet. For reasons he explained in the article he REASONABLY AND DESERVEDLY decided not to do that any more.
2. He could just decide not to hide his homosexuality any more. Eventually people would catch on. Pictures of him would pop up on TMZ. There would be speculation and inevitably he would be on camera answering questions. Everything looking sordid and scandalous. Facing teammates who found out through paparazzi and Deadspin. You know, fun times.
3. He could decide to come out on his own terms and explain his life and decision up front.

Which would you pick? Because everyone before him has picked option 1.

But he's doing it for attention, right? I'm sure he'd have prefered if it was all unnecessary and he could live openly and nobody would pay any attention. But that is fantasy land.

I'm sure part of his reason is that it will make it that much easier for the next guy or the inevitable superstar. And if that's the case it's a wonderful selfless thing. And judging by what I've read an heard of the man the last few days it seems FAR more likely than some ill-begotten grab for post career glory.
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Re: First gay athlete in a major sport came out

Unread postby Hikohadon » Wed May 01, 2013 3:34 pm

motherscratcher wrote:While nobody knows Collin's true and complete motives for sure, I find the view that he is doing this as some sort of attention grab for self glorification as, not only completely baseless, but overly cynical. There is absolutely NOTHING in the man's history that I am aware of that would support such a conclusion.

I've read here that he should have just lived his life in the open and any announcement such as this is unnecessary except to draw attention. Meanwhile in the real world Collins had 3 options as far as I can tell:

1. He could continue to live his life in the closet. For reasons he explained in the article he REASONABLY AND DESERVEDLY decided not to do that any more.
2. He could just decide not to hide his homosexuality any more. Eventually people would catch on. Pictures of him would pop up on TMZ. There would be speculation and inevitably he would be on camera answering questions. Everything looking sordid and scandalous. Facing teammates who found out through paparazzi and Deadspin. You know, fun times.
3. He could decide to come out on his own terms and explain his life and decision up front.

Which would you pick? Because everyone before him has picked option 1.

But he's doing it for attention, right? I'm sure he'd have prefered if it was all unnecessary and he could live openly and nobody would pay any attention. But that is fantasy land.

I'm sure part of his reason is that it will make it that much easier for the next guy or the inevitable superstar. And if that's the case it's a wonderful selfless thing. And judging by what I've read an heard of the man the last few days it seems FAR more likely than some ill-begotten grab for post career glory.


Yeesh, people. I don't know if he is or he isn't, I just know that I'd choose Option 2. I wouldn't feel the need to hide who I am, but I wouldn't go out of my way to make it an issue either. He might very well feel that he needed to make an announcement for a selfless reason such as to further "the cause", I just know that I personally could give a fuck about causes and would've been fine getting "discovered" naturally.

Especially if I'm flying under the radar like he is and TMZ could give a fuck about following me... unless I make an announcement.
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Re: First gay athlete in a major sport came out

Unread postby motherscratcher » Wed May 01, 2013 4:16 pm

Well, I applaud your fortitude and confidence that, if you were a gay professional athlete, you wouldn't have felt the need to hide it and we could have gotten this out I the way a decade ago. Especially considering that literally zero pro athletes decided to "just be themselves" until a few days ago, even though it apparently would have been no big deal.

I'm just saying that Collins didn't make this a story. Collins recognized that this would BE a story and reasonable decided to get out in front of it.
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What was LBJs response to Amaechi?
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