Target: Billy King, general manager of the Brooklyn Nets basketball team
Goal: Commend basketball team for signing first openly gay player in the National Basketball Association
Jason Collins made headlines last year by becoming the first professional basketball player to come out as gay. When Collins made headlines by announcing his sexuality in a Sports Illustrated interview last April, he was not signed to an NBA team. Now, Collins has signed a 10-game contract with the Brooklyn Nets, to much fanfare. Nets general manager, Billy King, announced the signing this Sunday.
In the wake of adversity felt by college football player Michael Sam and other high-level athletes who have recently come out as gay, this signing represents a great victory for the gay community, both in the world of sports and nationally. Collins said in a press conference this Sunday, “I don’t have time to really think about history right now. I just have to focus on my job tonight.” However, this contract does mark an historic step toward equality in professional sports and positive acceptance of gay players by the NBA.
Support for Jason Collins has been overwhelming in the media and on twitter. Not only has manager Billy King been publicly supportive of Collins, teammates have also commented on their inclusive feelings toward their new teammate. Nets player Joe Johnson was quoted as telling Newsday, “We would accept it greatly and it shouldn’t be a problem, man.” Sunday night, the Brooklyn Nets won their first game with Collins by 6 points over the Los Angeles Lakers, 108-102.
The management of the Brooklyn Nets has made history by signing the first openly gay player in any of the four most popular American professional sports. General manager Billy King is to be commended for this historic decision. Jason Collins is to be congratulated for boldly staying true to himself and a game well played.
Dear Billy King,
Jason Collins’ historic status as the first openly gay professional basketball player represents a courageous step toward social equality for gay Americans. While his announcement last year as a free-agent was a moment of pride, his current status as a member of the Brooklyn Nets will surely encourage young players of all sexual orientations to be themselves.
Thank you for signing Mr. Collins to a 10-game contract with the Nets, and congratulations on your team’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers. I hope you will consider extending Mr. Collins’ contract after the initial 10 games.
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