Thursday, September 19, 2013

What about Jason?

I read The Jason Collins Conundrum by Phil Taylor yesterday in SI.  I got the feeling that Phil was saying that Jason isn't getting calls from teams because he is gay.  He references a few other bad players who are almost as bad (but none worse) than Collins as reference points proving that Collins still deserves to be in the league.

I was impressed by Mr. Collins for his bravery.  There are so many people in this world full of hate that declaring openly that you are gay can put you in harms way, even if you aren't a pro athlete.

However, I remembered reading an article almost immediately after he announced that he was gay that stated it was unlikely that Mr. Collins would find a team to play for next year.  I went looking for that article and oddly enough it too is titled The Jason Collins Conundrum by Paul Mirengoff.

Mr. Mirengoff states that based on his performance alone it is unlikely that Jason Collins would find a team next year.

I think that it's sad that there is any discussion about Mr. Collins being blacklisted from basketball simply because he openly declared his sexuality.  I don't care what he is.  In my family we will love our kids no matter who they love.  My wife will sometimes tell the kids that she will love them even if they want to marry the toaster.

A player should be hired for his ability, if he can help a team he deserves a job, if he can't then he doesn't deserve the job.

I believe that there are other gay players in the major sports.  I believe that they will feel confident enough to announce their sexuality at some point.  I believe that teams will hire players based on their merit.  For teams, the equation is simple... Does it help them win.   I would be surprised if Mr. Collins was hired this year as anything other than a team trying to draw more fans, or show support for the gay community.  But from what I can tell, based on his performance, he is a player that the game has passed by and its time for him to move on to the next phase in his career.

Maybe he can be a coach?