In response to Number6Fan's comment:
This isn't the place for a debate about the science (or lack of it) of homosexuality, so I'll say my piece and go away. Nothing I might say will convince you, nor any of my experiences with gay people I have known or seen grow up. I will just say that it is evident that you don't know any gay people -- or people who are known to you to be gay. In my opinion it is not a learned behavior -- or a result of abuse or "recruitment." There are undoubtedly lots of gay people among professional athletes, most of whom have not come out because of fear of reactions like yours from teammates or other athletes or fans. That fear today seems justified, so I admire JC for being willing to go it alone, even if he is just a journeyman. We can differ on whether or not he is cynically seeking to prolong his career -- but someone needed to be the first to come out in the locker room, and it might as well be him. Ultimately, whether or not a pro is gay has no bearing on whether or not he can play, but since pros have been playing and showering alongside of gay teammates for decades, might as well get admitting it over with. If someone's uncomfortable with it, that's his problem, and up to him to deal with it in whatever way he can, but the gay teammate shouldn't have to hide it.
That's my piece. I'l drop it now and move to other threads.
well, you're wrong. i know and have known them all my life. next.
why would ANYONE fear my reaction? my reaction to the jason collins "coming out" was WHO CARES... my reaction became pointed against those who claimed that providing TMI to a press agent was an act of heroism and calling that for the garbage that it is. and everything else that i have posted on this thread was IN DEFENSE of ATTACKS THAT WERE LEVELED AT ME that ranged the gamut- that "gay is genetic", that collins is a hero, that i am a bigot and so on and so forth.
when attacked, i defend myself. to most of the sheeple in the world that makes you guilty of hate crimes and you should be locked away forever. meanwhile they are the ones who are vicious in their attacks, affixing blanket detractions to people like "bigot", "hateful" and other wonderful flowery terms to try to make you feel bad, shut up and go away, because they know that they cannot win a debate.
and then here comes you, to lecture me about how i've never met or known a gay person and how i am somehow the reason that these people quake in their boots about coming out. the entire extent of my commentary about jason collins coming out was "who cares". and then the attacks started coming in like ants at a picnic. i don't know how "who cares" could be construed as a threat unless you have already spent decades fashioning yourself as some member of an incurable and long suffering victim group.