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Recently Jason Collins, an NBA free agent, made major news by proclaiming his homosexuality. It was a big day for Collins and somewhat of a big day for the gay community. It was a nice story and everybody felt good about it. But then people started saying he was the new Jackie Robinson. This is where I have a problem with the story. First off, gays today aren't segregated against anywhere nearly as bad as blacks were in Robinson's day. I feel like comparing Collins to Robinson lessens the impact of Jackie's color breakthrough. I understand the magnitude of Collins' announcement but that doesn't mean we have to lessen Jackie Robinson's legacy through some baseless comparison. Not only that but some folks (like Jerry Stackhouse) have said that Collins, a 12 year middling vet, should be guaranteed another NBA job simply because he's gay. Stack says that David Stern should use his commissioner powers to force a team to sign Collins, even if that team doesn't have a need for an old, borderline useless center. Now there's a new issue in the sports world. Chris Kluwe, former Vikings punter, was released today. No big deal there. A punter got cut. Who cares? Well, a lot of media people care. Peter King says he was cut because Kluwe was openly supportive of gay rights, and that if Kluwe doesn't get another job then he'll have a major gripe. (just another reason King is losing it; dude can't keep his stupid political ideas out of his SPORTS articles) Gripe about what? He lost his job. It happens all the time in sports. This is what bothers me. In an effort to make sure gays/gay supporters are treated equally the media has gone too far the other way. Now we're supposed to "guarantee" folks jobs simply because of their sexual preference? What kind of hypocrisy is that? These kinds of issues are the very things we're supposed to be fighting! It was a big deal that Collins is gay because it could possibly help level the playing field, not tip the scales one way or the other. Bottom line, if you want to be fair, then be fair. Meaning don't guarantee ANYBODY a job, even gay players. Can't have it both ways. If gay guys are equal then gay guys are equal, not more deserving. Or less deserving, obviously, but at this point in time that's not really a problem. Fact is the media is just pushing a gay agenda right now because it makes them feel good about themselves. Which in and of itself is fine, as long as we're not going to start unfailry giving gay athletes extra advantages. Keep it fair. Don't play games about your political agendas and whatnot. ALL men are created equal. And no, some men AREN'T more equal than others. We're all equally equal.
May 6, 2013  08:26 PM ET

What the heck happened to my format?

Whatever; I'm not gonna fix it now.

May 7, 2013  01:43 PM ET

Agreed - Jackie Robinson comparison is so wrong.

Agreed also on your assessment of fairness both ways.

Agreed Peter King is full of himself.
but
King's point about Kluwe is valid, he is a very good punter that happens to be opinionated. His skill set should net him another job, if he doesn't get another job then was it his support of gay rights or the fact that he runs his mouth a lot? I seem to remember his 'elect Ray Guy to THoF' sticker to be considered funny by most folks and not something you would release a player over.

You have to think if the NFL ever accepts an openly gay player he'd have to be a kicker.


As for your format if you use Chrome as your browser you need to insert the following to get paragraph breaks.

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May 8, 2013  12:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Agreed - Jackie Robinson comparison is so wrong.
Agreed also on your assessment of fairness both ways.
Agreed King's point about Kluwe is valid, he is a very good punter that happens to be opinionated. His skill set should net him another job, if he doesn't get another job then was it his support of gay rights or the fact that he runs his mouth a lot?

As for your format if you use Chrome as your browser you need to insert the following to get paragraph breaks.

Agree.

Thanks for the Chrome tip.

May 8, 2013  11:43 PM ET

Jason Collins took an important step forward with his announcement but I was quickly struck by how it appeared over-orchastrated, too corporate, with too many media groups having a hand in it, too early on. The news and the way it was delivered felt, at times, impersonal, like the pitch made when a new Windows version is being unveiled. That might go to the questions of risk born by, and financial ramifications to, Mr. Collins and others involved in the planning, which would in turn raise the issue of sincereity as to the true purpose(s) of all parties involved in the announcement.

June 12, 2013  04:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Agreed - Jackie Robinson comparison is so wrong.Agreed also on your assessment of fairness both ways.Agreed Peter King is full of himself.butKing's point about Kluwe is valid, he is a very good punter that happens to be opinionated. His skill set should net him another job, if he doesn't get another job then was it his support of gay rights or the fact that he runs his mouth a lot? I seem to remember his 'elect Ray Guy to THoF' sticker to be considered funny by most folks and not something you would release a player over. You have to think if the NFL ever accepts an openly gay player he'd have to be a kicker. As for your format if you use Chrome as your browser you need to insert the following to get paragraph breaks.<ol></ol>

Thanks for the tip.

 
June 12, 2013  04:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Jason Collins took an important step forward with his announcement but I was quickly struck by how it appeared over-orchastrated, too corporate, with too many media groups having a hand in it, too early on. The news and the way it was delivered felt, at times, impersonal, like the pitch made when a new Windows version is being unveiled. That might go to the questions of risk born by, and financial ramifications to, Mr. Collins and others involved in the planning, which would in turn raise the issue of sincereity as to the true purpose(s) of all parties involved in the announcement.

Well said.

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