Jason Collins Comes Out As The First Openly Gay Pro Athlete, Who Cares!


So Jason Collins comes out as the first openly gay to play professional sports, my reaction is WHO CARES!  The media are the ones that have made this a so-called sensational story by trying to figure out who would be the first and the reaction that would follow.  My question is besides gay people is this really a big deal to the rest of us?  I could understand why gay people might think this a big event but why does the media think the rest of us should care?  The only plausible answer that I can come up with is that this might be another case of the media trying to create the news instead of reporting it.  I didn’t bother to read the story on SI’s website (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/?sct=hp_t11_a1&eref=sihp) because like the title of the article indicates I don’t really care enough about the story to read the whole article.  That being said I sort of got the idea after reading some of the excerpts from the story that maybe someone in the media pushed him to come out, you know kind of like when a salesman gets you to buy something you really didn’t want.  I imagine some editor at SI thought this would be the biggest story in sports for some time so they were really wanting to find some player to come out and also speculating about the reaction.  The real question is why the sports media is so obsessed with this topic?  Having said all of that I have no doubt that it is a huge deal for Jason Collins so I wish him the best.

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