SI.com – I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay. I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.
Jason Collins is a 34 year old, 7 foot, free agent NBA center. He is known as a low post, defensive role player specifically put into games to harass opposing big men. The type of player whose stat line doesn’t show his production on the court.
Today, Collins stopped guarding one of the toughest opponents he has ever faced; his sexuality. In a piece self written for Sports Illustrated
, Collins chronicled the hardships he faced in coming out. He is one of the first players in professional sports to share his homosexuality. There has been an enormous amount of support from not just he NBA, but all around the sports world praising his courage.
However, earlier today, Miami Dolphins wide receiver, Mike Wallace voiced his opinion through Twitter.
Here’s a screenshot of his since deleted tweets :
Now, I am not about to bash Wallace in anyway because I am a huge proponent for sharing ones opinion openly and freely, but this reaction was flat out unnecessary to tweet out. Reading his tweet for what it was, he may be right in a minor aspect (Kate Upton, Carrie Underwood, and Hayden Panettiere are all single and ready to mingle), but it is the judgmental tone of the tweet that no doubt has many feeling upset.
At the time, everyone from NBA Commissioner, David Stern, to past President, Bill Clinton were reaching out giving Collins their support and praise. Wallace went the other way and reacted with confusion; making this incident that much more noticeable. Not exactly the smartest thing to do in regards to a major issue being debated on right now in the United States.
Almost as quick as Wallace running a nine route, he removed the tweets and posted this response :
In the article Collins addressed those who might feel uneasy about his sexuality.
“I’ll sit down with any player who’s uneasy about my coming out,” he said. “Being gay is not a choice. This is the tough road and at times the lonely road.”
Wallace should probably get on a road too…the one heading straight to Collins’ house. That way an understanding can be reached and this twitter incident put in the rear view mirror.