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Updated Apr 30, 2013 - 7:19 pm

Jason Collins is gay -- and?

In this photo provided by ABC, NBA basketball veteran Jason Collins, left, poses for a photo with television journalist George Stephanopoulos, Monday, April 29, 2013, in Los Angeles. In a first-person article posted Monday on Sports Illustrated's website, Collins became the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. He participated in an exclusive interview with Stephanopoulos, which is scheduled to air on Good Morning America on Tuesday. (AP Photo/ABC, Eric McCandless)

Jason Collins is gay! There's an openly homosexual man playing in the NBA!

OK, does anyone mind if I go back to my job and family now?

I don't agree with the media making this an enormous story. I also don't agree with the personal attacks that Collins is receiving, either. To me, Collins was an average backup center last week and he's an average backup center this week. There's not much more to the story.

I do think there's a level of toughness coming out because of the scrutiny, but there's also a level of lucrativeness to it as well.

What's really sad about the state of our country is how each end of the spectrum will read the last sentence and go nuts on it since they read it through their filter to see something that's not there.

If you're to the right politically, you'll feel the need to lecture me since I called Collins tough. You'll feel incomplete if you don't e-mail me just to say, "He's no hero! He's not a soldier or first responder!" Before you hit send on that e-mail, where did I compare him to heroes? I didn't, you felt the need to establish what Collins represents to you.

If you're on the left politically, you loved the sentence at first. Then you saw the word "lucrative." Now you're going crazy. Here comes your tweet, "He didn't come out just to make money. You're so lost to not see his courage. How dare you even suggest that money was his motivation. You have no idea what it's been like for Collins. You take your freedom for granted while he was never free."

Where did I say he came out to make money? I didn't. However, are you in denial that there won't be endorsement opportunities for him that have never existed in the history of sports? There will be more chances for him to make money off the court than any backup center in basketball history.

Unfortunately we live in a new society. It's a society that would rather attack than listen. As a talk show host, I know one truth that others don't see: People claim they want honesty from the the media and politicians. Ironically, that's a lie. People don't want honesty, they want reinforcement. If the truth doesn't reinforce what they think, they'll go find a different version that fits their own truth.

Jason Collins is gay. Now let's play basketball.

About the Author

School: Ohio University...Go Bobcats!

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: 1st Doug & Wolf Show: 1/2/07

Favorite sports memory: Goldschmidt's triple icing the 2011 NL West title because it was a daddy-daughter day at the ballpark and Bellbrook vs. Dunbar '89 when I hit my one varsity HR.

Favorite all-time athlete: as a kid, an adult, Grant Hill

Favorite sports movies: Field of Dreams

Best sports road trip: My Saturday...Braves vs. Reds Sunday Night...Cooperstown Monday through Thursday morning...Jennifer sings the Anthem Thursday night at Fenway... Sox/White Sox triple play and cycle in the same game for only the second time in baseball history...Saturday night Clemens strikes out 9 through 7 but the bullpen blows it and the crowd is furious.

Best game I've ever seen live: Suns/Spurs Game 5 2007 Western Semis (the game w/o Amare & Boris). Hated the outcome but loved the experience.


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