Buckley: Aftermath of Collins' announcement

Buckley: Aftermath of Collins' announcement
April 29, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Jason Collins came out as a gay man today, the first current athlete to do so in any of the four major sports.

The guys on Sports Tonight sat down to discuss the news, and what it means going forward.

CSNNE's Mike Felger says that athletes in pro locker rooms, and teams in general will find it harder to adapt than ones outside of there.

Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley, who came out himself two years ago, has more hope than Felger for the locker room.

"Where I'm an optimist is based on my own conversations with athletes over the last couple of years because it was different with Jackie Robinson because you walk into a room with a bunch of guys that he didn't know, didn't want him around, didn't have any Black friends," Buckley said. "These athletes all have gay friends. They have gay roommates, gay brothers, gay sisters, and so forth. They've already made the accommodation in their lives outside of sports, so I think a lot of us are latching on to a belief about the locker room that if it doesn't exist any more - I wouldn't go that far - but it's certainly dissolving over a period of years."

Will a team sign Collins now? Felger says team GM's will be asking themselves:

"Do I want to add on this added level of, I don't know if it's complication, whatever you want to call it."

"It'll be interesting to see what team does it," Felger said.

The problem isn't that Jason Collins is gay. It's that he's at the end of his career and doesn't add much more than a solid screen and six fouls per game.

Check out the video for more.