I only want to share a couple thoughts on Jason Collins and his coming out since he does such a magnificent job himself. If you haven’t read the article take the time to do so.
- I hope that by the time the 2013-2014 NBA season rolls around this isn’t a story at all and that Collins can finish up his career without having a barrage of questions thrown at him daily. While it is certainly a big deal for Collins to open the door, the goal should be for that social door to remain open and become less of a story as time goes on.
- This is one of those times when social media has done society a service. The outpouring of public support Collins received was awesome. Not too long ago the only way Collins would have received support would be through a telephone call, in person meeting, or email. But now with Twitter and Facebook NBA colleagues, public figures, and the general population were allowed to share their support of Collins for the world (minus North Korea) to see. That public support you’d hope would make it that much easier for the next individual.
- And finally, I’m just happy to say that the social boulder was pushed up the mountain a little further with Collins effort. Contrary to what any talking heads may say we are still moving forward as a society and that’s great.