A media watchdog is pointing out that the mainstream media has gone out of its way to hype an NBA player who isn't even a starter – but who happens to be a media favorite because he "outed" himself last April in a magazine article.
Jason Collins, the first openly "gay" NBA player, had been out of the league since his announcement. But two weeks ago, he signed a ten-day deal with the Brooklyn Nets. Collins signed his second ten-day contract with the Nets on Wednesday. During his first ten days with the club, he played in all five games, logging roughly 36 minutes on the court and scoring three points. (See editor's note below regarding poll results.)
Despite those less-than-eye-popping stats, The Associated Press has run at least half a dozen stories (examples: 1 2 3 4 5 6) on the 13-year veteran since he inked with the Nets in late February. In almost all cases, those articles make mention of the "positive attention" he has brought to the LGBT community, and the fact that through jersey sales he is raising money for both the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN). And in another article on Monday, AP states bluntly: "He's much more famous now after revealing he was gay in a Sports Illustrated article last April."
Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture for the Media Research Center, tells OneNewsNow the coverage about Collins' return to professional basketball shows how desperate the media are to celebrate the homosexual agenda when a player who is at the end of a lackluster career receives such attention.
"He's scored in one game. C'mon!" Gainor exclaims. "He's had substantially more fouls than he's had points. This is the opportunity for the sports media to become so PC that, frankly, it's some of the most biased reporting you'll find."
Collins wears the number 98 on his jersey, which he says is in honor of the year Matthew Shepard was tortured and murdered (1998). Media reports that it was a "hate crime" were debunked as far back as 2004 and even more recently. Nevertheless, two of the recent AP articles about Collins (here and here) perpetuate the popular myth that Shepard was killed "because he was gay."
Gainor notes that sports used to be safe from political agendas but now is one of the worst offenders.
"They accost us with these rants about guns or the Redskins [nickname] or whatever," concludes the MRC spokesman. "There's literally no sports story now where you can hide from it – and that's exactly what they want. They're determined to ruin sports so that they can have forced celebration of all things liberal – and these days, all things gay and eventually transgender."
As a 13-year veteran as an NBA player, Collins has averaged 3.6 points per game.
Editor's note: While monitoring the progress of the poll associated with this story, it was evident the poll had been targeted by pro-homosexual forces. Consequently, the poll results were greatly skewed and the poll was closed early.
Of the approximately 1,000 votes initially cast, 94% voted either "No" or "Jason who?" Of the next 3,000 votes cast, 86% (2,604) were cast "Yes."
This was not the first time one of our polls has been targeted. Such targeting of our polls compels us to consciously avoid providing poll answers that invite such reactions.