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  • Aired:  04/30/13
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NBA veteran Jason Collins admits he's gay, but Jason Jones was hoping for something with a little more flair. (5:54)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW IF YOU

FOLLOW THE WORLD OF SPORTS

AND/OR HOMOSEXUALITY, YESTERDAY

BROUGHT MAJOR NEWS IN BOTH.

>> JASON COLLINS BECOMES THE

FIRST PLAYER IN A MAJOR AMERICAN

TEAM SPORT TO COME OUT.

>> Jon: JASON COLLINS.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

CENTER FOR THE WASHINGTON

WIZARDS.

WHAT A SHOCK.

I DON'T THINK ANY OF US EXPECTED

WE'D LIVE TO SEE THE DAY WHEN

THREE OPENLY GAY WIZARDS --

BECAUSE LET ME EXPLAIN.

YOU SEE, OBVIOUSLY THE WIZARD

FROM HARRY POTTER BOOKS WAS GAY

ACCORDING TO J.K., WHICH IS

(WHISPERING) SO NBA PLAYER COMES

OUT.

CUE THE HATERS.

>> KOBE BRYANT TWEETED APPROVAL

TODAY OF COLLINS' COMING OUT.

>> COLLINS' DECISION IS BEING

PRAISED BY FORMER PRESIDENT BILL

CLINTON ON.

>> NBA COMMISSIONER DAVID STERN

SALUTED HIS LEADERSHIP MANTEOL

ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE.

>> FOR AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS

EXCELLED AT ONE OF THE HIGHEST

LEVELS IN SPORTS TO SAY THIS IS

WHO I AM, I'M PROUD OF IT, I'M

STILL A GREAT COMPETITOR, I'M

STILL SEVEN FOOT TALL AND CAN

BANG WITH SHAQ.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Jon: SEE, THAT'S THE PROBLEM

WITH COMING OUT.

SUDDENLY EVERYONE WANTS TO PLAY

MATCH MAKER.

HE'S SEVEN FEET TALL.

YOU'RE SEVEN FEET TALL.

YOU PLAY FOR THE WIZARDS.

HE PLAYED A WIZARD.

STILL, ALL IN ALL IT'S A PRETTY

GREAT DAY FOR MAJOR LEAGUE

SPORTS.

AT LONG LAST THEY'VE DECIDED

THAT GAY PEOPLE ARE FIT TO BE

INCLUDED IN THEIR ELITE CLUB.

ONE THAT'S ALREADY ALLOWED IN

ADULTERERS, WIFE SWAPPERS,

GAMBLERS, CHEATERS, RAPISTS,

RACISTS, AND SLAUGHTERERS OF

MAN.

THOSE WHO HAVE ABUSED SPOUSES,

DRUGS, ALCOHOL, FAMILY MEMBERS

AND ANIMALS.

YES, AT LONG LAST HOMOSEXUALITY

IS NO LONGER A BAR TO A

PROFESSION WHERE YOU CAN ALREADY

GET AWAY WITH CHOKING YOUR BOSS,

TEXTING YOUR DICK TO A COWORKER,

AND THROWING LIT FIRE CRACKERS

INTO CROWDS OF CHILDREN.

CONGRATULATIONS, GAY ATHLETES.

YOU SURE YOU WANT TO HANG AROUND

WITH THESE [BLEEP] PEOPLE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

FOR ME WE TURN TO SENIOR GAY

SPORTS CORRESPONDENT JASON JONES

LIVE AT THE VERIZON CENTER.

JASON JONES.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

OBVIOUSLY A PRETTY REMARKABLE

DAY DOWN THERE.

>> BIG DAY, JON.

BIG DAY.

FIRST ACTIVE NBA PLAYER COMES

OUT.

IT'S NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL.

BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.

>> Jon: YOU DON'T SOUND LIKE THE

DYNAMITE WENT BOOM.

>> I DON'T KNOW.

I GUESS I THOUGHT WHEN THIS DAY

CAME, IT WOULDN'T BE SO BORING.

THE GUY IS A MODEL PLAYER.

HE'S AT THE END OF HIS CAREER.

HE COMES OUT IN A "SPORTS

ILLUSTRATED" STORY.

>> Jon: THAT WAS AN INDECREED

EBL MOVING AND POETIC ESSAY.

>> DID YOU READ IT.

Jon: I READ A TWEET ABOUT IT.

THAT'S WHAT I'M SAYING.

NO ONE WANTS ESSAYS IN THEIR

NBA.

THIS IS THE GAME OF GOLD CHAINS,

TATTOOS, DENNIS RODMAN.

LOOK AT WHAT I'M WEARING, JON,

AND I'M JUST COVERING THE SPORT.

I GUESS FROM A PRO BASKETBALL

PLAYER, I EXPECTED A LITTLE MORE

FLAIR, YOU KNOW.

WHOSE HOUSE?

COLLINS' HOUSE.

>> Jon: HOW DO YOU THINK HE

COULD HAVE COME OUT WITH MORE

FLAIR?

>> HE COULD HAVE DONE IT DURING

THE SEASON WHEN HE WAS PLAYING

FOR THE TEAM AND PEOPLE ACTUALLY

LIKED IT.

WHY COULDN'T HE HAVE COME OUT

WHILE BEING THE MIAMI HEAT'S TOP

SCORER?

>> Jon: THAT'S LeBRON JAMES.

YES.

WHY COULDN'T HE HAVE COME OUT

WHILE BEING LeBRON JAMES?

DURING HIS DECISION SPECIAL HE

COULD HAVE SAID, "I'VE MADE MY

DECISION.

I'M TAKING MY TALENTS TO

MMMMMMMMEN."

>> Jon: NO.

ACTUALLY, WHAT IF HE HAD BEEN

JEREMY LIN AND HE CAME OUT

DURING LIN-SANITY, IT COULD BE

LIKE MAN-SANITY OR LIN-MANTY.

IT WOULD BE SOMETHING IN THERE.

>> THOSE KINDS OF PUNS WOULD

HAVE WON ME THE GESPY.

>> Jon: WHAT IS THAT?

THE GAY ESPY.

Jon: IS THAT A REAL THING?

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IF JEREMY

LIN HAD COME OUT.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW, ISN'T IT KIND

OF PROGRESS THAT HIM COMING OUT

ISN'T ALL THAT BIG OF A DEAL?

>> ABSOLUTELY, JON.

IT'S JUST... IT'S NEVER GOING TO

LIVE UP TO MY FANTASY, YOU KNOW.

THE 98 FINALS, BULLS VERSUS

JAZZ.

GAME 6.

11 SECONDS LEFT.

MICHAEL JORDAN, COVER BY

RUSSELL.

JORDAN PUSHES OFF, FACE BACK AND

IN THE AIR SHOUTS, "I'M GAY."

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

AND THEN SWISH.

BACK BOARD SOMEHOW SHATTERS

GLASS FALLS TO THE FLOOR SPELLS

OUT YOU GO GIRL, CHEERS, HUGE

VICTORY FOR CIVIL RIGHTS.

>> Jon: YOU'RE RIGHT, JASON

JONES.

THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN AWESOME.

WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT.

WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT FOR FOOTBALL.

WE'LL WAIT FOR FOOTBALL.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

THAT'S RIGHT.

DON'T BLOW IT FOR ME TE

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