Brooklyn Nets Considering Signing Gay Player Jason Collins
Nets general manager Billy King confirmed Thursday afternoon the Nets have worked out free agent center Jason Collins, and he could potentially be signed by the team to fill its need for a reliable defensive presence in the paint.
“We’re going to look at anybody that’s a free agent that’s big that’s out there,” King said on a conference call with reporters following Thursday’s trade deadline. “We’re going to look at anybody that’s in the D-League that’s big, we’re going to look at anybody coming back from China. We’ll explore all of them.
“Jason Collins is a free agent and he’s out there, so obviously he’ll be included in the list.”
Collins, who famously came out in an article in Sports Illustrated last May and would be the first openly gay athlete to compete in one the four major professional American sports, hasn’t been signed by anyone this season, and has been staying in shape in California, where the Nets worked him out recently.
“During the [All-Star Break] I was back East, so I didn’t work him out,” King said. “He’s in shape.”
King says signing Collins would be strictly a matter of basketball, not hype.
“We’re going to bring in a basketball player,” he said. “It’s not about marketing or anything like that. If we’re bringing somebody in, we’re bringing them in because we feel they can help our basketball team.
“It’s not about marketing. We’re beyond doing something for gimmicks. We’re trying to get a guy to play basketball and help us win. That’s not my focus on any of that.”
Might not be YOUR focus, but it might be the focus of some of the guys in the locker room…