Jason Collins Says NBA Player Taunted Him With Anti-Gay Remark

In an interview with the NY Daily News, Jason Collins reveals that, since he became the first openly gay player in the NBA, another player shouted an anti-gay taunt at him during a game. Despite the insult from the unidentified player, Collins says he kept his cool on the court.

JcFrom the moment he embarked down this trailblazing path, Jason Collins has said that he’d turn the other cheek when faced with ignorance, accepting that he can’t control the words and actions of idiots.

He was tested once during his first month with the Brooklyn Nets, although the NBA’s first openly gay player understandably doesn’t want to give attention to the “knucklehead” or his comments.

“One player, one knucklehead from another team,” Collins said in an interview with the Daily News. “He’s a knucklehead. So I just let it go. Again, that goes back to controlling what you can control. That’s how I conduct myself just being professional.”

In the interview, Collins also acknowledged his responsibility as a role model.

Despite his attempts to divert the conversation from anything unrelated to basketball when talking to the Nets media, Collins is aware of his role as a civil leader. It can be seen in his Twitter account, where he brings attention to health care reform, marriage equality and an NFL combine update about gay footballer player Michael Sam.

“As an individual, as a person, as a human being, you have a lot of different hats that you wear,” he said. “Whether you’re an athlete or a human being trying to empower and help others. I’m trying to, again, empower and help others any way that I can.”

It was revealed last week that Collins will play for the Brooklyn Nets for the rest of the season


  1. Gaiboi says

    Jason is a true hero. Besides, he’s not newly gay, only newly out. Us gay boi’s have grown quite the thick skin.

    Water off a ducks back! He’s the a**hole, not Jason! Keep playing Jason!

  2. Sean Maloney says

    Please don’t make a statement like this unless you are willing to name name’s, otherwise you don’t look credible at all.

  3. TonyJazz says

    It’s probably better left with the name unsaid (unfortunately).

    If he wants to do something about it, he should raise it thru NBA management. They’ll appreciate that he handles the situation in a reasonable manner….

    Yes, Icognito, there are knuckleheads in sports, but they are losing ground…. (yay!)

  4. DannyEastVillage says

    Rowan, confrontation is exactly what a knucklehead wants. Mr Collins is even declining to give Mr Knucklehead the gratification of having his name in the news media, effectively pulling the rug out from other him. The effect, if I understand Jesus correctly, is “heaping hot coals on his head.”

    And I agree with Greg: this man is a dyed-in-the-wool class-act.

  5. Gay Guy says

    How would he be expected to act if somebody called him the N . . . word? Whatever is an acceptable response to that is an acceptable response to this!!!

  6. Jedi says

    I wouldn’t have even called the homophobe a knucklehead. That’s the next level of keeping your cool, Jason Collins, but, even so, well done.