No, it wasn’t brave of Jason Collins to announce that he is gay.
It probably was a last-ditch attempt to milk a career that is essentially dead.
Thirty-six years old, an unattached free agent, nobody beating down his door to sign him. That’s not exactly what you call an “active” NBA player. That’s somebody who got retired when he wasn’t looking.
That’s somebody who was about to transition into the anonymity of being a former athlete we never heard of when he was playing.
And then he went gay.
He played the purple card.
And now the president knows his name, and releases a statement calling him brave. With one online piece of unsolicited self-revelation, he is the hero of the liberal class. Somehow, the fact he likes to get it on with guys puts him in the same league as Jackie Robinson and Rosa Parks.
At least if you believe the evening news.
If you believe the evening news, this man is a brave crusader for equality and tolerance.
In fact, he’s just one more booster and beneficiary of America’s current obsession with all things queer.
It wasn’t brave for Jason Collins to announce what he claims is his sexuality, it was self-serving. He just bought himself a relevance that 20 years on the basketball court couldn’t.
In this day and age, to come out of the closet is to step into the spotlight of public adulation. To be the first male athlete from a significant sport to do so is to buy yourself a place in the scandal sheets that will one day be history books.
Which makes no sense.
Because homosexual people have been in sports forever, and have been publicly acknowledged and accepted in sports for at least a generation.
Have you ever heard of figure skating?
Isn’t Greg Louganis a central figure in one of the most popular shows on American television?
Are you familiar at all with women’s professional tennis? Or soccer? Or golf?
Do the letters WNBA mean anything to you?
The true pioneers – if that’s what you want to call them – among gay athletes are elderly women today who are probably fondly received wherever they go.
Most notably, they are remembered for being great athletes, not gay athletes.
That’s where Jason Collins won’t be in their league.
Another aspect of this is the very premise of needing to announce one’s sexual interests. As it turns out, humans are sexual beings. Pretty much all of us have sexual desires and sexual lives. It’s human nature.
And, among polite people, it’s private.
Bedrooms have doors for a reason.
Just as we all use the toilet, we all also have sex, and we tend to keep quiet about both.
Most people don’t talk about their sexual desires or practices, and that is as true of athletes as anyone else. Those athletes, gay or straight, live their lives as they will, but don’t feel obligated to rub other people’s faces in their own private business.
There is a general assumption that other athletes, including some nationally admired athletes are homosexual. People presume, but don’t know. And why don’t they know? Because it’s none of their business, and the athlete has decided to keep private matters private.
Is that a matter of social oppression?
Are those gay athletes being forced to hide their true nature? Are those gay athletes cowardly, somehow less brave than Jason Collins?
Or are they just private people, and possibly showing some courtesy toward the beliefs of others?
See, not everyone things the current gay wave is the greatest thing. Some people, usually because of religious reasons, believe it’s a sin. They don’t have hard feelings toward gay people, but as they raise their children and transmit their values, they have their own perspective.
So-called “closeted” athletes may just be respecting those different perspectives. Sports aren’t about sex, so they leave the sex out of it.
People watch football or soccer or basketball because they want to watch those sports. They don’t know or want to know who the athletes are sleeping with. They can admire and support those athletes without needing to know their personal sexual interests.
That’s just normal decency.
And it is irksome that sports are now being exploited to advance the agenda of homosexual normalization and advancement. People don’t watch sports to engage a social cause, or to take a stand in a political debate. They watch sports for the entertainment, enjoyment and escape. We watch sports to get away from the world.
And to infuse the rigidness of political correctness into the happy tradition of American sports is selfish and cruel.
Have your gay pride parade somewhere else, we’re trying to watch some basketball here.