The NBA announced that starting April 4th until April 22nd, Jason Collins' jersey will be put on auction to support GLSEN and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
From a standing ovation in L.A. to fans chanting his name in Brooklyn, Jason Collins received an incredible amount of support from the basketball community as the first openly out NBA player. But despite the fact that the majority of the community encouraged his bravery to publicly come out, Collins experienced some negative comments.
We have been told for years that a publicly out athlete on one of the big men's pro sports teams would be a disaster. How did the media get this so wrong?
During his first contract with the Brooklyn Nets, Collins stepped out onto the court making history. He received a warm welcomed as the fans applauded the player.
In an article for Good Morning America, Susan Donaldson James discusses the significance of out athletes Jason Collins and Michael Sam on the cultural definitions of black masculinity.