Collins is from an awesome family. He has a twin brother. They grew up in the liberal breeding ground of Los Angeles. They were educated at one of America’s best institutions. Dr. Edwards described Stanford as a “bastion of intellectual development, an environment conducive to the development of personal courage and integrity.”I am ashamed of myself because I agree with the last paragraph. It is imperative that Collins is on a team next year for the NBA. Call it the greater good principle. I want him to be a Dallas Maverick. We have big stiffs each and every year, and Collins would fit well with that history.
The critics and cynics are coming. Kernels of truth will be on their side.
Their kernels will be trumped by an overriding truth. Gay youths need prominent role models in all walks of life, most especially in sports. As a kid, I was the typical overconfident, insensitive, unenlightened jock bully. We belittled the kids who were different than us in ways we did not even recognize. I’m ashamed.
It’s unfair. Kids don’t choose to be gay. We need to recognize and respect the full scope of humanity. Jason Collins can help us do that. He can save lives, help confused gay kids to choose life over suicide.
I fully expect — and quite frankly I demand — David Stern to use his power to ensure that Jason Collins has a job in the NBA for 82 games next season. This is a chance for basketball to be as important as baseball in 1947.
I understand that it is not morally right to use Jason Collins as the poster boy for gay athletes. However, with the political situation that America has at the current time, using him as a bridge to eliminate an issue that divides us makes it imperative that he succeeds in playing NBA basketball for the entire 2013-2014 season. Fairness and morals be damned.