As the NBA season tipped off, I was curious to know if JasonCollins had found his way onto an NBA roster this season after publicly announcing, at the end of last season that he is gay. The answer is NO. But in my search, I came across an article that provides a good example of the double standard that exists in our“Just Be Yourself” nation. Written by Jeff Pearlman on cnn.com, he acknowledges that fact that Collins averaged just 1.1 points per game last season, but decries the fact that no NBA team has made him an offer. Here is part of the article:
“Jason Collins, however, ceased being ordinary the moment he announced he was gay. To thousands upon thousands of Americans, he became a beacon of hope and a sign that maybe sexuality would matter not the in machismo-stuffed world of professional sports. If LeBron James and Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul could embrace a gay man as a teammate, what excuse would the loudmouth, homophobic blockhead at the construction site or law firm have for his close-mindedness? Finally, things were about to change. Only they weren’t because, well, nobody called. The NBA has been repeatedly defended in its inaction with predictable attacks on Collins’ game– too slow, too marginal, too worthless. Yet could somebody (anybody?) have at least invited him totraining camp — land of myriad oafs and fringe players itching to land a job?”
He then goes on with his ridiculous attempt at a Jackie Robinson comparison. One problem here is that Jackie Robinson didn’t have to announce to the world that he was black. Jason Collins chose a lifestyle. Many celebrated his courage for coming out. By coming out in such a public way, he forced the NBA and the country to react. And it seems that the same segment that lashes out at those who have the nerve to call homosexuality a sin (because moral views are being “forced” onto others?) are indeed doing their best to force people into reacting in a certain way. I don’t have a problem with accepting and loving people for who they are.
I don’t have a great desire to judge or change people (for Christians, if we live as Christ then we are given opportunities to influence others,but that’s another discussion). I do have a problem with the growing national movement of being told how I’m supposed to react to certain things. The Bible is my guide for how I view the world around me.
If I am presented with something that goes against this, I refuse to agree. In my disagreement, I may choose to simply walk away.
Stop attacking my right to walk away. Stop forcing a response simply so you can attack my response. I love you. I accept you. I’m not forcing my views on you, so please don’t try to re-define mine.
Pearlman goes on: “Adding Collins to a roster — even a preseason roster — would likely have meant awkwardness, confusion and weirdness. There almost inevitably would have been conservative Christian teammates asking to change in a designated private space. Special press conferences would need to be arranged.”
Ok, there’s the universally accepted shot at Christians. I guess I should have seen that one coming. That’s acceptable for all, right?
Shots taken at Tim Tebow on national TV and national media= too many to count Shots taken at Jason Collins on national TV and national media=Zero…….it’s not allowed. Neither one is playing the game they love. Do we have to take shots at either one of them? Bottom line- Collins created the “awkwardness”. He forced a reaction. And here is Pearlman in classic fashion, trying to define for the rest of us what our reaction should be. Some hail Collins as a hero. NBA teams try to silently walk away. I’m sure players and fans alike would accept him as they would any other player. But his skills and age dictate that he is not “any other player”. If his ability to play adds nothing to a team, it’s insane to suggest that any team is obligated to give him a chance simply because he is gay.
Maybe one general manager could take this approach, “I know all the other teams are trying to win a title. But let’s try to boost our image as a progressive thinking organization. Our other players will enjoy a media circus revolving around a guy that can’t play anymore.” They’d be better off as a team to fill their last roster spot with Bill Russell as a publicity stunt.
And maybe CNN would be better off to replace Pearlman with another guy that can’t write (just because he’s gay?)