Culture

Openly Gay Basketball Player Jason Collins Steps Onto Court and Into History

Culture

Openly Gay Basketball Player Jason Collins Steps Onto Court and Into History

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We don’t tend to cover sports news here at BULLETT, unless it’s something monumental like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady taking out the garbage. But last night in Los Angeles, something momentous happened that we felt you, our mostly non-sports following audience (we assume) should see. Jason Collins, a basketball player who last year came out of the closet but had yet to play an NBA game since, finally made his way onto the floor as a member of the Brooklyn Nets, thus confirming his place in history as the first openly gay athlete to play in a major American sport. The L.A. crowd acknowledges the moment with a respectful and slightly subdued round of applause, but watching it, you can’t help but get the sense that what we’re witnessing is a paradigm-shifting event.