Former Atlanta Hawk Jason Collins comes out of the Closet

Former Atlanta Hawk Jason Collins comes out of the Closet

Jason Collins, a Stanford alumni and former Atlanta Hawk center announced today that he is a gay man. The thirty four year old athlete and current Washington Wizards center told Sports Illustrated:

“I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different”. If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has that’s why I am raising my hand.”

He is currently a free agent and hopes that the Wizards or another NBA team will sign him to play next season.

Do you think Collins statement will encourage other professional athletes to come out as well? My opinion is, he will not influence other players to admit that they are gay or bisexual. Jason is a reserve basketball player with average stats and minimal playing time. He is already a 9th or 10th man on the bench and his value for a team my not out weigh the team’s distraction from the media.