Gay Basketball Player Jason Collins Receives Standing Ovation In Home Game Debut
Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most.
Watch this short video of basketball star Jason Collins arriving on court to help his Brooklyn Nets team-mates hold the lead against their opponents, the Chicago Bulls. It may seem like standard sports footage to begin with, but when Collins comes on at 0:15, something amazing happens. It’s not unusual for a sub to whip up a bit of crowd applause when they enter a game, but just watch as spectators from around the arena start to rise from their seats in his honor.
The game became Collins’ first on the Nets’ home ground and the crowd response seems to be an amazing show solidarity for the first openly-gay player in a major American team sport.
Jason may have picked up a foul after five seconds, but that’s a sports thing that I don’t really GET. The welcome the crowd gave him, on the other hand, is a human thing. Which I TOTALLY GET.
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