Longtime NBA journeyman Jason Collins became the first American male in a major sport to come out as gay the other day and Joseph Farah is none too happy about it. With no evidence whatsoever, he basically accuses Collins of only doing it to pressure teams to keep signing him and to get wealth and attention:
Excuse me if I suggest this is not exactly the Jackie Robinson story.
Collins played in a total of 38 games this season, split between two teams. Even a celebratory article in the New York Times referred to him honestly as a “marginal player with limited skills.”
No teams were scrambling to sign him to a new contract before he played the “gay” card. But with the help of some very big-name cheerleaders not known for their sports acumen, he has successfully raised his presence in the marketplace as a relatively low-priced box-office curiosity – a man who may not shoot hoops very effectively, but who may boost attendance for some club just by riding the bench as a backup player…
You can almost guess what comes next.
Will the teams officially declaring their support for Collins actually offer him a contract?
If they don’t, will they be accused of discrimination?
In his Sports Illustrated essay, Collins is clearly looking for a job: “I’ve reached that enviable state in life in which I can do pretty much what I want. And what I want is to continue to play basketball. I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful.”
Whether or not Collins ever plays professional basketball or not, you can be assured he will not suffer. There will be book contracts, movie deals and lots of personal appearances.
Who says sin doesn’t pay?
Here’s the thing about Farah: He simply cannot imagine that Jason Collins is an actual human being. Once he applies the gay label to him, he simply isn’t a person anymore. He’s just an evil archetype, incapable of doing anything with sincere motives. He can’t possible have done this for any genuine desire to live his life honestly or to help other gay athletes do the same. It must all be a scam.
And what can one say about the obsession by people like the Obamas and the Clintons in making heroes out of people because of their sexual proclivities?
And another irony meter bites the dust. The only one obsessed here is you, Joe.