Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player — or any other of the professional American sports — appears to have been accepted by his team and the NBA at large. Except of course, for this one unidentified player who has given the Brooklyn Nets center some grief about his sexuality.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported on Thursday that the veteran player has been “heckled” by an opposing team member. Collins, however, isn’t letting it get to him.

“One player, one knucklehead from another team. He's a knucklehead. So I just let it go. Again, that goes back to controlling what you can control. That's how I conduct myself — just being professional...You can't control what other people are going to do.”

In an interview with ESPNNewYork.com, Collins said that, "There's no need to even engage in a conversation with him at that point. In the flow of the game, you have emotions going. It goes back to controlling what I can control — having self-control and having the discipline to recognize it for what it is and keep the focus on the game.

"We're all human. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. You hope that if someone has a negative opinion, that they would keep it to themselves. But at the same time, I understand that in the NBA, we're a bunch of individuals and this is America and everyone's entitled to their opinion."

Besides this one incident, so far it seems like the NBA and his teammates have indeed supported Collins. It would appear that the fear of a gay player being “a distraction” was all for naught. Collins’ presence and the NBA’s accepting attitude is a slam-dunk in the right direction.


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