Jason Collins Has âReframed the Conversationâ Around Sports, Blacks and Homophobia

Washington Wizards center Jason Collins

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and only Major League Baseball player known to have been out to his teammates” and team owners during his professional career in the 1970s. Burke was later ostracized by teams and died from AIDS-related causes in 1995. Justin Fashanu was the first British footballer come out in 1990, suffered vile homophobic and racist abuse, and, tragically took his own life in 1998.  

“We’re not seeing any tragedy in Collins’ story. He’s smart, he is a Stanford graduate and he is inspirational,” said Darnell Moore, who notes that sports and the public are “still very” homophobic. “But is it fair to applaud only a certain type of Black gay man because we admire their skill and strength—like Jason Collins? Would Kobe [Bryant] and others athletes engage other Black gay men who are not celebrities or not as “masculine” acting? We shall see.”

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