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A Bigot Under Every Basketball

You can always depend on The New York Times, bless its heart. Here is a Harvey Araton column about the fact that Jason Collins, the gay NBA player whose cause he once ballyhooed, can’t get a job. Excerpt:

The question Collins has to ponder is why he has not been signed as a free agent. Is it because he is at best a marginal player with modest career statistics (3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds a game) nearing the end of his career, one who would cost more than a younger player based on the league’s collectively bargained pay scale? Or is there something more sinister at work related to the new role he would play?

:::::::Twiddles Snidely Whiplash mustache::::::::

Well, he’s aging, his stats aren’t great, and according to league rules, a player with his experience has to be paid $1.4 million annually — three times the salary of a younger player. Coming out may have been a last-ditch effort to save a sputtering career. From the column:

Another advocate for gay athletes, Hudson Taylor, the executive director of Athlete Ally, wrote in an e-mail: “The decision to sign him rests with individual team owners. One of them has to step up.”

Really? Why? Why should a team owner throw a million and a half dollars at a “marginal at best” player who is at the tail end of an undistinguished career? Because of LGBTokenism? This is progress?

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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