Is it wrong of me that I couldn’t care less?

Jason Collins, a pro basketball player, just came out as gay.  Is it wrong of me that I couldn’t care less?

It’s not just that I don’t follow basketball.  It’s that Collins’ bedroom preferences have nothing to do with the only reason he matters to the public:  basketball.  Either he’s a good player or he’s not.

Collins’ sexual orientation would matter more if he were a famous proponent of traditional marriage or had a wife and six children.  But as a basketball player?  Eh, whatever….

And yes, I know people are going to say that he’s paving the way for other sports figures to come out of the closet.  I get that, but it would be much easier for them to come out of the closet if we would just stop caring about other people’s bedroom behavior.

And I have nothing else to say.

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  • MacG

    It’ll matter to the homophobic er, ball players.

  • Robert Arvanitis

    I agree, Bookworm.  To each his own.
    But there isa huge problem when someone says “MY opinion matters more than yours, because I am famous for XX…” as if singing, or shooting hoops, or being a talking head gave one special wisdom and commanded deference.


    I never heard of Jason Collins. BHO thought it was important enough that he reached out by phone, expressing his support and telling Collins he was impressed by his courage, said a White House official, who was not authorized to discuss the private call publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity via a tweet.
    Come out come out wherever you are, but don’t even think about it if you’re a whistleblower or you’ll get a foul!
    Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, is now representing one of the State Department employees. She told Fox News her client and some of the others, who consider themselves whistle-blowers, have been threatened by unnamed Obama administration officials.
…benghazigate-whistleblowers-retain/…benghazigate- whistleblowers-retain

  • 11B40

    Having devoted a fair amount of my misspent youth to the joys of the hardwood, I suppose that a player revealing his homosexuality is something that I could do without. And when our media mavens go out of their way to avoid the (Is it the H-word now?) homosex aspects altogether while trumpeting another progressive bit of progress, well, the grumpy descends upon me.
    While it doesn’t happen often, a collision-based exchange of body fluids is not beyond the realm of possibility in that sport. If I remember correctly, the NBA established a number of procedures to minimize such occurrences back in the “Magic” Johnson HIV day. Now I suppose that one could argue that one’s ever-expanding right to privacy should preclude having reveal one’s male homosexuality to one’s teammates but this topic doesn’t seem to be even announce-able never mind discussable in the current progressively warming climate.  
    I used to work with a guy who seemed determined to start a family baseball team. He was fond of saying that children (including his own) were walking petrie dishes.  Well, if there’s any accuracy at all to that assessment, then male homosexuals might well be thought of as walking petrie dishes on steroids. Back before Christmas, a local TV station KPIX aired a short report advising male homosexuals to get vaccinated against meningitis if they were planning to travel to New York City. A couple of months back, I came across a short article that reported a male homosexual had died of bacterial meningitis. There seems to be little stasis in male homosexual health.
    I suppose that more than a few will think it trite to bring up the showering aspects of the sport, but I’m also sure many think that triteness becomes me. I can’t help but wonder if Mr. Collins would be okay with my showering with the female members, if any, of his family. Again, this is not something likely to be brought up or discussed in the current age. Similarly, I doubt any investigation about whether concealing his disorientation information is so nonintrusive as to be unethical.
    So, without any machine hum at all, another slice comes off the cultural morés salami. Why it’s almost like homosexuality isn’t a sexual dysfunction at all.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Rush floated an interesting idea in his broadcast today. It turns out that Jason Collins is near the end of his viability as a player, in terms of age. And his current contract is just about up.
    By declaring his publicly declaring his homosexuality, he just made it much more difficult not to renew his contract.

  • Bookworm

    Now that makes perfect sense.

  • rick9911

     “people’s bedroom behavior” is not the issue. It’s amazing that someone who lives so close to San Francisco would not have been exposed to the actual issue.

  • Ymarsakar

    Just slap a 80% tax on his revenue (not income). Sooner or later, they will lose the motivation to play the game, being flat out broke.

  • Charles Martel

    I would think the guy would feel just a little bit embarrassed to admit that he views his and other men’s lower digestive systems as vaginas. I blame it on the sorry state of public schools’ science education.

  • Mike Devx

    There are people like you, Book, who genuinely couldn’t care less.
    There are people who think it makes him more important in a positive way.
    There are people who think it makes him more important in a negative way.
    I automatically respect people in the first group.  As for people in the other two groups, I’d have to hear their particular arguments.  For instance, I thought 11B40 brings up an interesting problem with a “communal shower” argument.  I’ll have to think about its pros and cons – no obvious answer comes immediately to mind – but the problem seems similar to the problem of allowing female reporters into the locker room.  There must be a policy for behavior associated with female reporters in the locker room – rules for her and rules for team members.  And if a sports league isn’t going to bar gays from participating,  I think they’d want to form some kind of policy concerning gay team members as well.
    I don’t know what this guy means when he describes himself as “gay”.  The word can mean a variety of things.  At a minimum it means sexual attraction to others of the same sex; but it can mean a lot more.  Maybe he’s described it; I don’t know.  But without that description, it would be a mistake to assume as a fact that he wishes to engage in any specific sexual activity, such as anal sex.  I mean, does a straight couple engage in fellatio, cunnilingus, or anal sex?  Do you know for sure?  Activity is different than orientation.

  • Libby

    I think we’ll be celebrating people coming out for decades, just like we keep having to relive the civil rights  battles (e.g. the medals awarded to the four girls who died in Birmingham). We’ve had “out” athletes for decades, such as Billy Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Greg Louganis, etc. Heck, we’ve already had a transgendered athlete: Renee Richards. This is more an act of encouraging group acceptance of homosexuality with each “historic” announcement.
    *Just like to note that Jason Collins is getting treated with much more respect, acceptance and encouragement than Tim Tebow ever was, an “out” Christian.

  • jj

    Never heard of Jason Collins.  Will have forgotten him by Thursday.

  • Call me Lennie

    Jason Collins has been at the end of a viable NBA career for some time now.  He is 34 years old and he scored exactly 41 points this year for a per game average of half a point a game.  He also played a mere 380 minutes (4.5 a game) which means he didn’t play at all unless the game was out of hand.
    This is basically a profile of a player who has reached the end of his career, so the idea that Jason is the first “active” player to declare that he is gay is ludicrous.  He wouldn’t have been picked up for next year without this move.  As it is, some hyper liberal owner, like Dallas’s Mark Cuban is almost sure to pick him up for next year.
    And how ludicrous is it to say that Jason is showing courage when he knew well in advance that a mammoth PR campaign placing him in the most positive light imaginable which will include a lucrative book deal and a possible visit to the White House, where he will be lauded as some ultimate civil rights hero.  Wow, that is some courage.

  • Oldflyer

    Bravo, Charles Martel.  You hit it out of the park.  The only thing missing was the obligatory “not that there is anything wrong with that” disclaimer.
    I will confess I am according to current usage a homophobe, in the sense that the behavior disgusts me.  On the other hand, I am a civil libertarian to the extent that I  will tolerate the actions of  individuals–including their “sexual orientation”—so long as they do not infringe on the lives of others.  Frankly, the constant public harping about their condition does infringe.
    11B40 also illuminates an issue that willl be generally ignored.  Well, I guess it must be ignored now that schools have declared that transgender individuals can use the shower facilities that fit their persona, if not their biology.  I am so glad that my daughters are grown.  I wonder if I should broach the issue to see how my high school age granddaughter perceives it.  Of course, she is no doubt thoroughly indoctrinated as a student in Orange County,  California.  So, maybe I won’t bring it up since she already thinks I am a  loving and lovable Neanderthal.
    Our President was characteristically  and predictably disgusting, and way off base with his effusive praise of  Collins.