I was slated to introduce myself to the Shit Gays Should Know blog this week, as your weekly sports source, with a delicious little piece (…including pictures) about athletes taking their clothes off during sporting events. (Kidding…well, sort of…) Yet here we are, with the only breaking news I would even consider pushing back my half-naked athlete post for…ladies and gents, America has it’s very first openly gay male professional athlete. Kudos to Jason Collins of the NBA’s Washington Wizards -
To put this in perspective…let me break it down:
4 Major Male Sports:
- MLB (Baseball) > 30 Teams > ~24 Players Per Roster > 0 Openly Gay Athletes
- NFL (Football) > 32 Teams > ~45 Players Per Roster > 0 Openly Gay Athletes
- NHL (Hockey) > 30 Teams > ~20 Players Per Roster > 0 Openly Gay Athletes
- NBA (Basketball) > 30 Teams > ~12 Players Per Roster > 1 Openly Gay Athlete (Jason Collins)
Approximately 3,140 players and only one is gay? .03%? I don’t think so…and this is only considering the current season (…I just don’t feel like doing any further math). Prior to this week there were 0 (…0%) and Collins has bravely changed all of that, he has made history. This man has gotten more attention in the past 24-hours than his entire career. He has followed through with a landmark move that will not define him as gay, but as a human being who took a leap of faith for the acceptance and equality of all.
Twitter was there to pat him on the back (via ESPN)
Still the shadow of recent rumors that four NFL players are ready to come out: (via HuffPo)
(Buzzfeed) with this excellent info-graphic on the extensive history of openly gay women in sports.
-by Matthew James Broderick - faux Ferris Bueller, cyclist, vintage enthusiast, introverted when not extroverted, check out his portfolio/blog here: MatthewJamesBroderick.com