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Kappa Alpha Order, teaching acceptance and equality since 1865.
If you missed it, NBA center Jason Collins revealed to SI‘s Jon Wertheim that he is gay. Collins, a 12-year veteran of the NBA, was a member of Kappa Alpha Order’s Alpha Pi chapter at Stanford University, assumedly a terror in intramural leagues back then.
Truth be told, I was more surprised that Jason Collins was still in the NBA than I was that he is a homosexual. I mean, I haven’t heard the guy’s name in years. He’s past his prime, and even in his prime he wasn’t exactly a dominant player.
Blocking sissy layups, backing dudes down in the paint, playing rough-em-up defense, and banging down on anyone in his way — those were never facets of his game. He was always kind of a soft player in my opinion, and he possessed a beautiful rainbow jumper that he would drop in over helpless defenders. Sure, he had his role on the team, and performed his duties well, but Collins was never the kind of player to throw the team on his back and carry them all the way to the locker room. He has always been a great locker room guy, though.
Good on you, Jason Collins. The decision to come out was undoubtedly a difficult one. The man is all class and will likely prove to be an inspiration to others.