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5/1/2013 1:33:38 PM -
The Jason Collins Situation

I’ve been asked a few times already about this whole Jason Collins situation, so I guess I’ll give my perspective on it. I’m not going to go into how a gay athlete would get along with his teammates in major professional sports, because I have no idea (although I suspect a few things). I’m also not going to talk about what it would be like to coach a gay athlete, because I’m sure as long as the guy can play and help my team win, I’d have no problem doing so.

Here’s the part of this that I don’t think anyone is really addressing.

It’s been estimated in the media that something along the lines of 10% of the population is homosexual. I have no idea whether this is true or not, but this is the figure that’s always quoted. The mistake people make, is to assume that this 10% mark is transferrable across different demographics, i.e., since 10% of the population is a certain way, then 10% of all plumbers and electricians must be that way, too.

Using this logic, the media seems to be waiting for the floodgates to open, and for there to be this big avalanche of gay athletes coming out of the closet in every sport. I don’t think that’s going to happen, and I’ll tell you why.

Logically, that 10% number isn’t directly transferrable from the general population to every single profession. Not to blatantly stereotype, but I’d wager that far more than 10% of male fashion designers are gay. I don’t think I’m offending anyone by saying that. The fact is, however, that if this number is transferrable upward, it’s also transferrable downward, and from my experience, that’s likely the case in collegiate and professional sports.

I’ll preface this by stating that I have no issues with gay people. I think they should be free to do whatever they want, just as I think I should be free to do whatever I want. I’d rather get to the point where shit like this isn’t news, to be perfectly honest. Maybe some of us have evolved farther than others in this regard, but I simply don’t give a flying crap what someone’s sexual orientation is, and I think there are far more important things going on in the world than a multimillionaire making this announcement. I guess we have to have “announcements” like this in order to get to the point where people don’t consider this shit news, but I don’t think we’re going to get as many of these types of announcements as people seem to think we are.

Think about it. In order to get to the NBA, NFL, MLB, or NHL, you have to jump through some serious hoops. You need to progress from level to level, with each level getting progressively more difficult and stressful. You go from pee-wee football, where shit is a lot of fun, to Pop Warner, where it’s taken somewhat more seriously. Then you go to the whole Lord of the Flies atmosphere of junior high and freshman football. From there, it’s JV and varsity, which most schools and coaches take very seriously.

Then you get to college, where it’s ALL business for 4-5 years. Then, and only then, do you get your shot at the NFL.

There are gay athletes who’ve gone through this process, and your sexual orientation makes no difference in terms of ability. If you’re good, you’re good. What happens at all of these levels, however, is that anyone who’s “different” or “non-conforming” to societal norms at each stage—the typical testosterone-fueled heterosexual male—is screened out of the system. Maybe it’s intentional, or maybe it’s not, but it’s not a gay-friendly environment, I can assure you—and it would take an extremely tough individual to circumnavigate this weeding-out process.

In other words, you’re going through a multi-tiered system in each point where there’s necessarily going to be a statistical drop-off based on the number of people for whom it’s simply not worth it to persevere. Again, I’m not saying gay athletes aren’t tough enough. I’m saying that the entire process is skewed against them to the point where a certain (large) percentage of them are eventually going to say, “F**k this” and drop out of the system—and that’s typically going to happen well before they get to the NFL or NBA.

This doesn’t happen in professions that are considered gay-friendly. There’s no tacit sifting-out process the way there is with sports. Maybe that’ll change with Jason Collins’ announcement. Maybe it won’t. Either way, I think it’s important to examine the reality of the situation, rather than the idealized world thrown at us by the media.

Angry Coach

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