Jason CollinsIt’s been nearly a year since center Jason Collins became the NBA’s first openly gay player. But less than a month since he’s joined the Brooklyn Nets, Collins has become the target of taunting from one player in particular.

“One player, one knucklehead from another team,” Collins said in an interview with the Daily News. “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.”

Overall, Collins receives major support throughout the NBA, and his No. 98 jersey became the top seller on nba.com, squashing league fears that he’d be a distraction.

“This shows that ‘distraction’ is B.S. That it’s about the team; it’s about the sport,” said Collins. “I hope this shows all players that you can still have your life off the court and not have to hide anything. And still have your life on the court or on the field or on the ice, I guess, in hockey. That’s a credit to my teammates and the entire Nets organization from ownership to coaching to teammates to everyone.”

Collins won’t reveal the one “knucklehead” or the team he plays for.

 

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  • Margaret

    He is modeling great behavior for young people – and old. You can’t let somebody pull you down with their behavior. Keep your head up and stay on purpose.

    • MimiLuvs

      “…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.”

      This what I have been trying to telll my hard-headed god-sons for the longest.
      They try to fight anyone and everyone who says something negative about them.
      I am going to assume that this is a phase for them.

  • liberianwoman

    Not only is he a knucklehead,he’s a very insecure man or lack there of. Live and let live.

  • Anthony

    Jason Collins is known for his defense. He probably put that name caller on lock, and all he had left was his big mouth.

  • Denver

    Blah. How is this even news? At this point he seems to just be seeking attention.

    • Tina L

      Really. Has this dude ever made news or the highlight reel for anything he’s done on the basketball court?

  • African Woman

    Name calling??? Are you serious???? Is this really news today? They still can’t find out what happened to those suffering people’s family on flight 370!!!!!! And this is news???!!! Please Mr. Collins sit down and shut the hell up!!!!