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  •  Might make his chances better (15+ / 0-)

    I am a member of Outsports, a web site for gay athletes and sports fans that was just bought by SB Nation. For years we have discussed the scenarios that might lead to this moment, and one of them was a journeyman player in the waning days of his career that wants/needs the publicity, not to  mention the endorsements, that would come with coming out.

    The NBA has already made its support for Collins clear, as have the Wizards, and Mark Cuban has already stated he wants to sign the first out player. If Collins doesn't get signed after this announcement, the league looks a bit homophobic, so I think this might give him an edge in getting a contract with a team. I doubt he'll play much, or for many more seasons, but I would be surprised if he doesn't at least get an offer out of this. Plus, he is likely now in line for endorsements he would never have gotten as a run-of-the-mill straight player.

    A government that denies gay men the right to bridal registry is a facist state - Margaret Cho

    by CPT Doom on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 10:05:43 AM PDT

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