It’s been nearly a year since center Jason Collins became the NBA’s first openly gay player. But less than a month since he’s joined the Brooklyn Nets, Collins has become the target of taunting from one player in particular.
“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.”
Overall, Collins receives major support throughout the NBA, and his No. 98 jersey became the top seller on nba.com, squashing league fears that he’d be a distraction.
“This shows that ‘distraction’ is B.S. That it’s about the team; it’s about the sport,” said Collins. “I hope this shows all players that you can still have your life off the court and not have to hide anything. And still have your life on the court or on the field or on the ice, I guess, in hockey. That’s a credit to my teammates and the entire Nets organization from ownership to coaching to teammates to everyone.”
Collins won’t reveal the one “knucklehead” or the team he plays for.