Tuesday , Apr , 30 , 2013 Matt Formica

3 great passages from Jason Collins’ coming out story

Jason Collins, an NBA center who has played for six different teams over the course of 12 seasons in the league, officially came out as being gay..

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  Collins is the first American male athlete in a major sport to come out of the closet and is an inspiration to us all.

In a Sports Illustrated feature story set to premier in the May 06, 2013 issue, Jason Collins comes out publicly for the first time.  The article begins, “I’m a 34-year old NBA center.  I’m black.  And I’m gay.”

In the personal essay to be published by SI, Collins writes of his life as a gay man, a basketball player, his relationships with family and friends as well as his love for the game.  It is an article that everyone should take time and read.  It is a true example of genuine and honest, heartfelt journalism.

A cool things about Collins’ coming out piece is that you don’t have to be a fan of basketball to get value out of his story.  The message(s) within Collins’ expose go far beyond the game; the takeaways are both timeless and universal; they can apply to any one who reads with an open mind.

Here are three great passages and messages from the Jason Collins article:

# 1 – To not live in fear

“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.”

# 2 – If you have something inside of you, you should get it out.

“It takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret.  I’ve endured years of misery and gone through 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.”

# 3 – Live truthfully

“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?”

One last exerpt from the article that stood out:

“Doc Rivers, my coach on the Celtics, says, ‘If you want to go quickly, go by yourself — if you want to go farther, go in a group.’  I want people to pull together and push ahead.”

As a person and player, Collins is an inspiration.

Read the entire SI article here

Collins is a currently a free agent.  Most NBA insiders say he will definitely be on a team next season.

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