John M. Becker

WATCH: Jason Collins Plays in L.A., Makes History

Filed By John M. Becker | February 24, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: basketball, Brooklyn Nets, gay athletes, history, Jason Collins, NBA, trailblazers

jason-collins-nba-brooklyn.jpgLast night, during a face-off between the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Jason Collins made history by becoming the first openly gay basketball player to take to the court in the NBA. He's also the first openly gay male athlete playing in any of America's four major sports (basketball, baseball, football, and hockey).

The Nets signed Collins to a 10-day contract earlier in the day, setting up the historic moment. When that moment arrived and Collins checked into the game, many fans in the arena applauded, stood, and cheered. But Cyd Zeigler points out that the entire affair overall was relatively ho-hum, and that's a good thing:

Collins was greeted by polite applause and some fans standing, but it was, in the word of a New York Times reporter friend of mine, "rather ho-hum." Good. Let's hope ho-hum becomes the default response on this issue in a few years.

Hear, hear. And thanks to trailblazers like Collins, we're on our way.

Well done, Jason. Congratulations on making history!!

Watch Collins take to the court, after the jump.


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