Yesterday, Jason Collins became the first openly gay (and currently active) professional American athlete in a team sport. Nobody in the sports world should be shocked by the news. In fact, in previous months we were given direct advanced notice: “A gay professional athlete in major American sports plans to come out.” And living in a world where breaking news can literally spread throughout the globe within minutes, getting any kind of notice about this stripped nearly all shock value. But as Collins said in Sports Illustrated:
I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.