I've never really understood the importance of "coming out." Maybe it's because I'm straight. Or that I've lived in mostly liberal major cities most of my life. And never had to live a repressed existence. I live my life out loud, without fear and always speak my mind. I feel that everyone should just be who they are. I know that is a simplistic view. But telling people that you like to have sex with other men or with women shouldn't define who you are. It's just one aspect of a whole person's life. I have plenty of friends. Some gay. Some straight. But I don't choose to classify them into categories. They are my friends. They are people.
I hope Collins has a very successful career in the NBA and succeeds on his talents, not his sexual orientation. If this "Free Agent" doesn't get signed to a major team for big bucks I'm sure he will blame his lack of success on the homophobic leanings of professional basketball. He'll then turn that into a lucrative speaking careeer on the evils of the NBA. And if he does get a big deal or special treatment for him coming out and then that's even worse than if he were treated bad for being gay. No one should be treated any different just because of who they choose to have sex with.
In the interest of full disclosure So right here I would like to announce and "Come Out" as straight. I like having sex with women. Well one woman. My wife. I know this is a brave and risky move based on the fact that I work in show business. See. I did it. And nobody noticed and nobody cared and that's The Bitter Truth.