The Brooklyn Nets signed 35-year-old bench rider Jason Collins to a 10-day contract on Sunday. According to sources, President Obama called in a favor to his good friend, minority team owner and rapper Jay Z.
Normally, this type of signing wouldn't register a blip in the news. But Collins recently announced he is a homosexual -- after dating a woman for 8 years. Now he is celebrated for his sexual proclivities -- not for his subpar basketball average of 1.1 points per game.
Even the Nets' explanation of why they signed Collins reeked of homosexual undertones.
"The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision," Nets general manager Billy King said in a statement. "We needed to increase our depth inside, and with his experience and size, we felt he was the right choice for a 10-day contract."
Collins entered Sunday's game against the LA Lakers at 10:28 in the 2nd quarter to a smattering of applause from the crowd. And since he was only on the floor for show, his play did not impact the game, which the Nets won 108-102.
You still don't believe Collins' signing was a PR stunt? Would the Nets normally tweet out a photo of a scrub signing a contract?
Meanwhile, Monica Brown's husband, Shannon Brown, an excellent point guard, will soon be a free agent if the Spurs don't re-sign him to a regular season contract. Brown signed two 10-day contracts with the San Antonio Spurs last month. But his signing went largely unnoticed by the news media. There were no headlines, no hype, and no photos of Brown signing his contract.
The obvious message to the youth is, if you live an unhealthy sexual lifestyle you will be celebrated and held aloft as a pillar of society.
But the Nets' social experiment may soon backfire on them. If they don't sign Collins to a regular season contract they will be accused of caving in to homophobic pressure.
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