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Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban: There are More Gay Players and Whether They Come Out is Irrelevant

Marc cubanDuring yesterday’s Dallas Mavericks-Brooklyn Nets game, Mavericks owner and Athlete Ally board member Mark Cuban sounded off on Nets center Jason Collins and the possibility of other gay NBA athletes. The Dallas Morning News reports:

“We already know there’s more gay players in the league,” Cuban said. “Whether they come out or not is irrelevant. It’s just personal preference. There’s no reason to ever, ever discuss anybody’s sexuality because that’s their private business and there’s no reason to start now.”

And for those keeping score, the Nets managed to eke out a 107-104 victory over the Mavs. 


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


Brooklyn Nets to Sign Jason Collins for the Rest of the Season

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Jason Collins will sign with the Brooklyn Nets for the remainder of the season, ESPN reports:

Sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the Nets, who feel they're getting everything they expected from Collins when they signed him for frontcourt depth Feb. 23, are already operating under the premise that the 34-year-old will finish the season with them even though his second 10-day deal doesn't expire until after Friday. Sources say that the internal expectation all along was that Collins would be a Net for the rest of the season, from the moment he signed his first 10-day deal, as long he proved that he could still be an effective defender, which he did immediately.

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Jason Collins Makes Home Debut with the Brooklyn Nets to Big Ovation: VIDEO

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Last night, Jason Collins played his first home game with the Brooklyn Nets, entering in the last three minutes to a big ovation from the crowd.

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As we reported last night, Collins looks to be getting a second 10-day contract after his first expires today. There are also reports from SB Nation that the NBA will sign him for the rest of the season.

Nets general manager Billy King said in a team statement last week that the decision to bring Collins in was a basketball decision, but his presence has had a major impact regardless of reasoning and statistics. Collins is averaging 0.8 points and one rebound in 8.5 minutes, while shooting 25 percent from the floor.

The NYT adds:

When Collins joined the Nets late last month, Adam Silver, the new N.B.A. commissioner, called the first 10-day contract “a legitimate basketball decision.” What may have sounded like a prepared party line was the truth.

The Nets needed a big man to fortify their frontcourt. Certainly they would have preferred to add a player who was more athletic and prolific than the 35-year-old Collins, but good luck finding an unemployed one four months into the season.

They went with an aging veteran who was familiar to their coach, Jason Kidd, a former teammate of Collins’s, and to several veterans. It took one game for Collins to actualize Silver’s assertion.

The typical 10-day signee lends a practice body and tries to look focused at the end of the bench. Collins was an immediate contributor as an N.B.A. temp worker, playing several minutes down the stretch of a narrow victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Jason Collins to Get Second 10-Day Contract with Brooklyn Nets: REPORT

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The Brooklyn Nets are planning to offer a second 10-day contract to Jason Collins, according to the AP. His first contract expires on Tuesday. The Nets would sign him again on Wednesday and if they were to renew that contract, would have to do it for the season.

Yahoo Sports also reported on the possible second deal.

Collins plays for the first time in Brooklyn this evening and faced the media at home for the first time this afternoon.

(image brooklyn nets twitter)


NBA to Donate Proceeds from Jason Collins Jerseys to LGBT Groups

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The NBA will donate proceeds from sales of Jason Collins jerseys to LGBT causes, specifically GLSEN and the Matthew Shepard Foundation, the Guardian reports:

The league said on Friday that donations would total no less than $100,000, and it will also auction off Collins’s autographed, game-worn jerseys to benefit the same organisations.

Collins says he is thrilled to help the organisations that “work tirelessly to ensure LGBT youth get the resources and assistance they need to be successful in life”.


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