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How Would You React if You Discovered Your Favorite Athlete Was Gay? [POLL]

It’s been threatening to happen in the major sports for months now and finally for the first time a player in a major team sport has announced that he is gay.

Jason Collins - 1st pro Athlete to Announce He is Gay
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/Sports Illustrated

NBA free agent center Jason Collins, formerly of the New Jersey Nets and most recently of the Washington Wizards, a 12 year veteran who has played in 2 NBA finals and has played on 6 NBA teams, Collins tells Sports Illustrated in an upcoming story. Collins says he started thinking about coming out during the NBA lockout in 2011 but it was the Boston marathon bombing that re-enforced the notion that things change in an instant and that he shouldn’t wait.


Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo told the Baltimore Sun a few weeks ago that up to 4 NFL players were planning on coming out at the same time.


Colorado Tight End Nick Kasa was asked by an NFL team at the scouting combine if he was married and did he like girls?  The NFL in a statement by league spokesman Greg Aiello says Like all employers, our teams are expected to follow applicable federal, state and local employment laws,” he said in a statement. “It is league policy to neither consider nor inquire about sexual orientation in the hiring process.


This being 2013 with the same sex marriage issue being fought in New Jersey and President Obama coming out in support of gay marriage, you think we would have evolved way past this point and athletes would have come out years ago. Some have, but only after they left the game.


From a team standpoint, there are some players who are homophobic. You have to take into consideration since it is a team sport how it affects the locker room, but from a fan’s perspective, I’ll put it to you. Would you have a problem if you found out your favorite athlete were gay?  I personally could care less as long as they win. Take our poll and let us know where you stand.

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