Jason Collins, the first openly gay basketball player in the NBA and member of the Brooklyn Nets, told Stefan Bondy of the Daily News that so far in his time with the Nets only one opposing player has used "gay taunts" against him.
Of course that's one too many, but Collins told Bondy that he didn't want to reveal who the "knucklehead" was because he didn't want to give him any further attention.
"One player, one knucklehead from another team," Collins said in an interview with the Daily News. "He's a knucklehead. So I just let it go. Again, that goes back to controlling what you can control. That's how I conduct myself - just being professional."
Given how Collins has handled himself since signing with the Nets, it's no surprise that he would conduct himself in such a professional manner.
Collins and the Nets head out on the road this weekend for a three-game trip that brings them to Dallas, New Orleans and Charlotte. Collins told Bondy that during his near-month stint with the Nets, aside from one "knucklehead," the response from around the league has been positive. And especially from within the organization and among the Nets fans.
He's yet to be the "distraction" that some detractors were certain he would be and the Nets have done nothing but continue to win basketball games since signing Collins, boasting a 10-3 record.
- Jason Collins says he's been target of gay taunts from one NBA player since joining Nets - Stefan Bondy - NY Daily News