20 May 2013
A mediocre career would not stop Jason Collins from being a household name and also, a champion of gays. This is all because of Collins’ now historic admission of being the first active pro-athlete to publicly announce that he is a woman trapped in a man’s body -- a 7-foot, muscular frame at that.
And while everyone is still showering this revelation with rainbow-colored confetti, I am left with a question of when will the next Jason Collins come out and more importantly, who will he be?
Collins have already started the path and since the acceptance of homosexuals in the society is gaining ground each day, the next gay NBAer to reveal his gayness may just be around the corner, taking a shower with another man.
I am listing here some of my prime candidate to join Collins’ club:
1. Richard Jefferson and Luke Walton
Try to stare at Richard Jefferson’s eyes for a little while and you will be able to read his mind saying he wants a man by his bedside at night. But seriously, Jefferson became more of a suspect when he ditched his wedding with former New Jersey Nets dancer Kesha Ni'Cole Nichols a mere two hours before the scheduled ceremony. Not that simply dumping your fiancé is a dead giveaway that one is gay but what kind of man really does that? Jefferson has got to have some serious issues to pull that off. And if you have seen how his ex-fiancée looks like then you could tell how lucky a guy Jefferson was.
Then these photos of him and Luke Walton with some other friends from a Europe vacation made its rounds in the internet which only made the allegations that he’s gay go louder. Banana boat ride? Posing with a group guy each showing queer moves of their own.
C’mon now Richard, you’ve already lost your shot at history by being the first to come out but second place isn’t that bad.
2. Jarron Collins
Jarron Collins is Jason’s twin brother. Not only do they look alike, their career NBA stats are also close to being identical. Jarron averaged 3.9 PPG and 2.9 RPG while Jason has 3.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG. I don’t think their resemblance to each other just end there. Who knows that sharing the same set of chromosomes or gene structure or whatever cluster of DNA that holds the key to their similarity would cause Jarron doing a Jason one day? One more thing, don’t fall too hard on his new shirt.
3. Mike Miller
Mike Miller is among the number of NBA players who voiced out their support of Jason Collins when the latter admitted his gayness. They were pretty close to each other back in their Memphis days and according to the Sports Illustrated article by Collins, he once dropped by Miller’s house to buy German Shepard puppies. Or is it the only thing that happened between the two that day? Another connection to a gay athlete on Miller’s resume was in his playing days as a Magic where he was a teammate to the godmother of hardcourt homosexuals, John Amaechi. Remember, then Orlando superstar Tracy McGrady said in a 2003 interview with New York Post that he had witnessed gay behavior in the locker room and that he believes that at least 5% of NBA players are gay. Let me just say that T-mac played on the same team with Amaechi and Miller.
4. Reggie Evans
Don’t be deceived by his monster looks. This dude’s hands are like heat-seeking missiles when it comes to finding other players’ junks. Reggie Evans gave birth to a new definition of “ball game”. You can go ask Chris Kaman about it.
Evans’ repertoire of skills when it comes to touching any part below the belt wasn’t just limited to the privates. In the clip below, you’ll see that he also practices the intricate art of spanking. His butt-slapping antics, I assume is caused by his inability to hold off his fantasy of hitting guys’ bare asses while in the middle of a game.
What’s more amazing is that Evans got T’ed up twice for doing the same act. You can say he’s dirty but still I can still sense there is more to him than just agitating his opponents.
5 .Kobe Bryant