Game Changer? An American Male Athlete Comes Out

Game Changer? An American Male Athlete Comes Out

Sports writer Dave Zirin joins Kojo to explore the significance of the first openly gay professional basketball player.

Professional basketball player Jason Collins on Monday publicly declared his homosexuality, becoming the first active player on a major American sports team to do so. Collins was a Washington Wizard at the end of the regular season and is now a free agent. He says he didn't set out to be a trailblazer but wants to start a conversation about inclusiveness for gay athletes. Kojo explores how Collins' revelation is likely to change the atmosphere for men and women in professional sports.

Guests

David Zirin

Sports Editor, The Nation; Author, "Game Over: How Politics Turned the Sports World Upside Down" (New Press, 2013)

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