Monday, April 29, 2013
Poll: What would you think about the Mavericks signing a gay player?
Mark Cuban is all for it.
Jason Collins, who played this season for the Washington Wizards, told Sports Illustrated for its cover story that he is gay.
Collins is regarded as the first male openly gay athlete in American professional team sports. He is a free agent.
"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," Collins writes for SI. "The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn't wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully? No one wants to live in fear. I've always been scared of saying the wrong thing. I don't sleep well. I never have. But each time I tell another person, I feel stronger and sleep a little more soundly. It takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret. I've endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie. I was certain that my world would fall apart if anyone knew. And yet when I acknowledged my sexuality I felt whole for the first time. I still had the same sense of humor, I still had the same mannerisms and my friends still had my back."
Earlier this month, owner Mark Cuban told TMZ.com that he'd be honored to have a gay player on the Mavs.
"I've been saying the same thing for years. There will be somebody who comes out. It'll be a great moment for sports. I would be honored if he was on my team," Cuban said. "I think things have changed, significantly, in that the players would accept him. All professional sports have had their homophobic missteps along the way, it's a new era, a new generation and the player would be accepted. I think we are starting, at least on the edges, break down those barriers. This shouldn't be a big deal."
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