A Walk In His Shoes: A Deeper Look Into Jason Collins
On the morning of April 29, 2013, NBA center for the Washington Wizards, Jason Collins made history, by coming out as the first active, openly gay athlete in major American sports. In a Sports Illustrated story, Collins said, ” I’m black. I’m gay. And I’m proud.” After Collins’ announcement. word regarding this shocking revelation has been filtrating through conversations everywhere, including the hallways of South Lancaster Academy. To take a walk in Collins’ shoes, and get a look from a different perspective, the SLA Pioneer sat down with several students and asked a variety questions regarding Jason Collins’ coming out.
If your favorite athlete said they were gay, would your perspective towards them change?
Junior, Xoyoan Colon, responded by saying, ” I would still accept him, because I accept everyone. There job is to win games, so if they keep on doing that then why should their personal life matter.”
Do you think Jason came out for publicity?
Junior, Mitchell Hall, answered, ” I don’t think it was for publicity. I doubt someone would lie about their sexuality, and go through the pain of being judged as a publicity stunt. If he did I don’t think that’s right, but whether its true or not I think this will lead to the “coming out” of many more athletes.”
If you were a famous athlete and were gay, would you come out?
An anonymous student responded to the question, by saying, ” Yes, its about how much you can handle. Why would I hide it? If someone’s going to like me then they should like me for who I really am.”
Do you support Jason Collins’ decision?
Junior, Azalea Warner Walton, responded by saying, ” Yes. I think its fine and people shouldn’t be judged by their sexuality. If I like you, then I like you, and nothing will change that. Jesus loves everyone, and he told us to be like Him, so we should love everyone too.”
Whether you support Collins’ decision to come out or you not, it is equally agreed that he made a very brave move by going public over such a controversial issue. What do you think? Feel free to comment your opinion to any of the above questions.
Posted on May 2, 2013, in Top Stories and tagged athlete, Azalea Warner-Walton, Basketball, Jason Collins, Mitchell Hall, NBA, South Lancaster Academy, Sports Illustrated, the pioneer, Washington Wizards, Xoyoan Hall. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.