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That Media Circus That Was Supposed to Be Following Jason Collins? It Doesn’t Exist.

One of the most heartening things about Jason Collins’ signing with the Brooklyn Nets was that everyone on his new team instantly embraced the backup center. The only word of caution came from guard Deron Williams, who noted, “I think it’s definitely going to be a media circus.” Williams continued by saying it wasn’t Collins’ fault, but “it’s just the media coming along with it, because every city you go to, it’s not just like you answer a question once and then it’s over with. It’s a recurring thing.”

Oh, that distracting media circus. Lions! Tigers! Digital recorders! Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News wrote that by signing Collins, the Nets are “going to be inviting the media circus to come their way. Do they really need that?” Dan Levy of Bleacher Report also invoked the big top, arguing that “the media circus that was certain to follow [Collins’] signing very well may have precluded teams from taking a serious look at signing him in the offseason.”

Today, on the occasion of Collins’ home debut as a Brooklyn Net, it’s worth measuring the scope of that media circus. I searched Lexis-Nexis for all English-language news stories with “Jason Collins” in the headline. Here are the day-by-day results since Feb. 22, the day before Collins signed with Brooklyn.

Feb. 22: 2
Feb. 23 (Collins signs with the Nets, plays against the Lakers): 57
Feb. 24 (the day after Collins’ first game): 116
Feb. 25: 10
Feb. 26 (Collins’ second game): 7
Feb. 27 (Collins’ third game): 4
Feb. 28 (Collins meets Matthew Shepard's parents): 31
Mar. 1 (Collins’ fourth game): 4
Mar. 2: 6
Mar. 3 (Collins' Brooklyn debut): 7

Here’s another view, via Google Trends, showing interest in “Jason Collins” as a search term over the last 30 days.



Interest in “Jason Collins” as a search term over the last 30 days, via Google Trends.

Huh. It’s almost like that media circus, the one that was going to be such a distraction to whatever team signed an openly gay player, doesn’t really exist. This is a very good thing, and it shouldn’t be all that surprising. Collins’ debut as an openly gay player was a historic occasion, and it was written about as such. Now that he’s an NBA player getting 8.5 minutes per game, he’s being treated like an NBA player who’s getting 8.5 minutes per game. And that’s how it should be. All of those NFL executives who are so concerned about the “media circus that likely will surround Michael Sam” might want to take note.

If there is a media circus—perhaps it’s a flea circus that’s undetectable to the naked eye—the Nets at least don’t seem to be bothered by it: They’re signing Collins to another 10-day contract. On Monday, Collins did face a few more cameras as he prepared to make his home debut. “Over time I expect it to [die down]," he said of the recent media interest, according to ESPN New York. That’s certainly true, but the graph above tells a slightly different story: Jason Collins is already old news.

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Troy Vincent says gay teammates were known, not a problem

Posted by Darin Gantt on March 27, 2014, 8:42 AM EDT
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In his new role with the NFL, former cornerback Troy Vincent is trying to help build on the new emphasis on respect.

But he said that in terms of accepting gay teammates, the locker rooms he’s been in were never a problem.

Vincent, the league’s newly hired executive vice president of football operations said he had at least six openly gay teammates during his career.

“I’m not going to share their names, but in my 15 years, there were six individuals who were at least openly gay in the locker room,” Vincent said, via Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post. “No problem. From my days in Miami until I ended in Washington, they were just my teammates. Just like my family members, . . . We ate together, we flew together, they’re roommates in hotel rooms. It was what it was.”

Of course, his setting in Miami made it even more topical, considering the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin saga that became a bigger story than anything the Dolphins did on the field last year.

But Vincent was confident the Dolphins would adjust, just as the league as a whole will be forced to when Michael Sam is drafted.
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But he said that in terms of accepting gay teammates, the locker rooms he’s been in were never a problem.
I'm sure they must have had separate showers then
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This from Peter King at the owners' meeting last week

One of the stars of the show in Orlando was Wade Davis, the former NFL player who came out as gay after he retired. He’s consulting with the league on gay issues. Davis left several coaches and GMs a bit open-mouthed when he told them: “Every one of you guys has two or three gay guys on your team. I know. I talk to them.”

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One of the stars of the show in Orlando was Wade Davis, the former NFL player who came out as gay after he retired. He’s consulting with the league on gay issues. Davis left several coaches and GMs a bit open-mouthed when he told them: “Every one of you guys has two or three gay guys on your team. I know. I talk to them.”

http://mmqb.si.com/2014/03/31/jim-ke...quarterback/2/
About 2-3% (?) of the population is gay. Anyone who thinks or claims they're living in some kind of gay-free zone is delusional.
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About 2-3% (?) of the population is gay. Anyone who thinks or claims they're living in some kind of gay-free zone is delusional.
There's no gays in Russia or Iran, according to their leaders
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Coming Out Is Contagious

One openly gay athlete leads to another, and another, and another. Collins is in the NBA. Sam, a college football player, is trying out for the NFL. Gordon, a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts, came out today as the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball.

In an interview with ESPN, Gordon says Collins played an important role in encouraging him:

When he came out, I wanted to come out the next day. It was a relief, like “About time!” Like, “Finally, it happened!” But I still couldn’t jump the gun, because he wasn’t in the NBA at the time when he came out. But when he went back, that’s when I started to build a little more confidence. … I watched as he was getting subbed into the game, and everybody stood up and started clapping. And I was visualizing myself as that being me, but for college. … And it definitely put a huge smile on my face.
Gordon says he spoke to Collins after Collins came out (but before Gordon did):

He was just really giving me advice and just letting me know that if I ever need anything or need to talk to him about anything, that he’s always going to be there for me. He gave me the confidence and the boost that I needed to put me over the top to coming out.
Gordon also cites Sam as a positive example:

People think that gays shouldn’t be allowed to play sports, or they’re too soft, or this and that. From the looks of it, I know Michael Sam isn’t soft, and Jason Collins isn’t. And for one, I’m not soft. And I think people misinterpret that, when it comes to being gay. … I’m still going to be the beast guy that I am.
Essentially, Gordon’s interview confirms that public homosexuality and its acceptance are contagious. For Gordon, seeing Collins come out was a relief and a spur to speak up. Having Collins’ pledge of support also helped. But so did the crowd’s reaction when Collins entered his first game after returning to the NBA. The fans stood and applauded. Gordon visualized getting that kind of reception. He wasn’t afraid anymore. He began to believe that he would be celebrated.

This is what religious conservatives have long feared: a mutually reinforcing cycle of open homosexuality and cultural affirmation. But what’s contagious isn’t the homosexuality. It’s the openness. In the interview, Gordon is asked when he first knew he was gay. “In middle school, I thought I was just going through a phase,” he says. But then “high school came, and my first year of college,” and the problem didn’t go away. Eventually, he began to think, “Maybe this is who you really are.”

Gordon was in middle school long before his predecessors came out. Collins wasn’t out. Sam wasn’t out. They didn’t make Gordon gay. They just made him feel safe about letting go of his secret. And they trashed the stereotype that gay men couldn’t be bruisers.

So, yes, open homosexuality is contagious. Just not in the way its repressors feared.

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Everyone be careful out there, you don't want to catch the gay.

Well...maybe some of you do
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