WASHINGTON, April 2, 2013 - Jason Collins is a National Basketball Association center who has averaged 3.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 20 minutes per game.
He is no Jackie Robinson, as others have commented. Jackie Robinson was Rookie of the Year, a six time All Star and World Series Champion.
Jason Collins made the NBA finals twice with the New Jersey Nets but has no ring, and has bounced around among the Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards.
At Dictionary.com, the definition of gay is: “of, pertaining to, or exhibiting sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one’s own sex; homosexual: a gay couple.”
If Collins says he is gay, he is gay.
However, in order to be certified as a gay or LGBT owned business, you must be at least 51 percent owned, operated, managed, and controlled by an LGBT person or persons who are either American citizens or lawful permanent residents, exercise independence from any non-LGBT business enterprise, have its principal place of business (headquarters) in the United States, and have been formed as a legal entity in the United States.
So if Jason Collins was a business, would he qualify?
Carolyn Moos, Jason Collin’s former female fiancé and former WNBA player, did not know he was gay and wonders who else he was sleeping with.
Should this even matter? If a person is gay, it should only matter to that person’s family, friends and partner.
Should a gay basketball player whose contract was about to expire receive phone calls from President Obama, Michelle Obama and former President Clinton? It seems like they should have more important things to do.
Should a business still be required to certify itself a small, disadvantaged, minority, woman owned, LGBT or any other designation, or has the time come to just do business? Does your business have more important things to do?
Spending time proving you are small, disadvantaged, minority, woman owned, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered or any other designation to a government agency takes away from your reason for being in business: to make money. So once all the hoopla dies down, the real story is if Jason Collins, showing no improvement in his skills, can return to the National Basketball Association because he brings something to the court or because he is now a super minority, black and gay, in need of some form of government assistance.
Should an NBA center that cannot score two baskets in 20 minutes get a bonus score of six points?
Yes, this is all very silly but not moot.
Has the time come to remove programs that are now barriers to business growth by removing minority certification programs that clog the engine of business and just do business, or keep dividing people with designations, certifications, and definitions?
And yes, Jason Collins is gay. Should it matter, NBA player or not?
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