It’s only been a month since Jason Collins signed a contract with the Brooklyn Nets, making history as the first active openly gay player in all major league sports. While several NBA players publicly expressed their support of him, there’s one player who has taunted Collins with homophobic slurs.
In a recent interview with New York Daily News, Collins revealed he’s received homophobic taunts from another player since signing with the Nets last month. Collins didn’t reveal who the player was.
Collins, 35, called the guy who made anti-gay remarks a “knucklehead from another team” in the interview.
"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,” he said.
During a press conference last month Collins said he wasn’t focused on making history. He wanted to focus on doing his job.
"Right now, I’m focused on trying to learn the plays, trying to learn the coverages, the game plan, assignments," Collins told reporters after he signed his contract with the Nets. "I don’t have time to really think about history right now. I just have to focus on my job tonight."