The media's been all but begging for someone in pro team sports to declare their gayness, and Jason Collins did the honors today. It might actually help him get a job as a journeyman big man, for he'll bring some media goodwill along with some middlin' numbers as of late. Those numbers point to a possible quiet retirement or a stint in Europe after 12 years in the league, but he's all but got a job next year, since the league wouldn't want to be seen as blackballing him for coming out.
[Update 515Pm- Over on TrueHoop, Mark Stein runs Collins' prospects through some GMs; he got 6 yeas and 8 nays-
Although one Eastern Conference executive acknowledged that it's
inevitable that Collins' newfound status as the first active player in
North American team sports to come out as gay "would have to be
discussed" by any team considering him, those eight teams skeptical
about Collins' hopes of finding future employment were unanimous in
saying the decision would be overwhelmingly tied to his playing ability.
"The reality," said one Western Conference executive, "is that he's been an end-of-the-roster kind of player for the last couple years."]
He'll likely have far more problems with secular teammates than the churchgoers; gay-bashing is part of hip-hop culture, while the churchy guys will hopefully accept Collins as a fellow child of God.