Miami Dolphins Mike Wallace Already Making A Splash In South Beach


 

SI.comI’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.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-J-Bailey/1055197089 Matthew J Bailey

    Straight athletes are confused and uncomfortable with homosexuality. People who grew up taking their clothes off around each other…in an environment where “gay” was universally used as a derogatory pejorative…are now adjusting to a concept where, no, that’s just normal life.

    Wallace, and all athletes, should realize their tweets can have impact, and they should think twice about just tossing out offhand comments. But it’s unfair to expect them to be paragons of progressive behavior.

    In this instance, it was a harmless comment, and should be accepted as such, just as his apology for for tweeting it should be accepted. It was clearly not malicious.

    • Chris

      “Straight athletes are confused and uncomfortable with homosexuality. ” That’s a pretty bold proclamation to make. I think I feel exactly the same as Wallace does. I’m not a homophobe, I don’t treat gay people differently and I don’t really care what floats your boat. I just don’t understand why ANYONE isn’t attracted to women. LOL to each his own!

      • joe z

        Hey! I love football, and I just want it to stay a real man’ s sport. I do not want to see a homo game on Sunday’s. If your gay keep it in your closets, next thing you know instead of saying “hike hike” they’ll be saying “hey hey hey”.

  • Richard

    I can understand Wallace’s comments and honestly dont feel he needed to apologize. If “SMH” wasnt included in his comment, people would have taken it differently.

    And as far as homosexuality in the major league sports, im indifferent as long as everyone is talented, however if we open up the flood gates be aware of certain consequences. i.e. would it be ok for women and men to share a locker room at a gym? The same issue will be brought up in professional sports. Not that im saying every “gay guy” is attracted to every man. but there will be a sense of unease and separate locker rooms will need to be addressed, and it wont happen until you have a sexual harassment case that could cripple a franchise.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brandonrk Brandon Kirsch

      I agree with everything you said up to the women and men same locker room issue being brought up. That is an entirely different beast that I don’t think will ever change.

  • Randy Carlson

    This is just one more nail in the coffin of family values.