Jason Collins http://wfpl.org en Local Gay Rights Leaders, Sports Commentators React to Jason Collins Coming Out http://wfpl.org/post/local-gay-rights-leaders-sports-commentators-react-jason-collins-coming-out <p>Louisville gay rights leaders are praising veteran NBA player Jason Collins publicly announcing that he is gay, but area sports commentators say the revelation will do little to change the game.</p><p>The 34-year-old Collins is a free agent who <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/#ixzz2RrqW1IGW">reveals his sexual orientation in the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated</a>, which makes him the first active professional male athlete to disclose his homosexuality.</p><p>Collins cited the recent NBA lockout and his friendship with Demcoratic Congressman Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts as the reasons he came out.</p><p>From <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/#ixzz2RsgvVtEo">SI:</a></p><blockquote><p>Why am I coming out now? Well, I started thinking about this in 2011 during the NBA player lockout. I'm a creature of routine. When the regular season ends I immediately dedicate myself to getting game ready for the opener of the next campaign in the fall. But the lockout wreaked havoc on my habits and forced me to confront who I really am and what I really want. With the season delayed, I trained and worked out. But I lacked the distraction that basketball had always provided. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:56:09 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5193 at http://wfpl.org Local Gay Rights Leaders, Sports Commentators React to Jason Collins Coming Out