In becoming the first active NBA player to ever come out as homosexual, Collins broke new ground and likely hoped he’d potentially open the door for another player and “start the conversation.”
“I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different.’,” Collins wrote in a Sports Illustrated article. “If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”
But despite his intentions and the overall positive reaction that came out of his announcement, nobody in the NBA has raised that hand since Collins.
And John Amaechi, the first NBA player to ever come out as gay, though he did so after his playing days were over, doesn’t think it’s because every player in the league is heterosexual.
In fact, he knows that this isn’t the case.
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