Jason Collins is America’s new hero. This week the 7-foot nba center announced that he is homosexual, becoming the first athlete in a major American sport to do so.
Collins is being broadly praised for his courage. The press hailed his declaration as groundbreaking, epic, a historic milestone. The day the news broke, with the cover story of the newest Sports Illustrated issue, he received messages of encouragement from former coaches and nba players around the league, as well as the nba commissioner. He got phone calls from Oprah and President Obama. Public personalities were practically tripping over each other in expressing their enthusiasm. It seems America couldn’t be more excited.