We're seeing a pretty good response to the news of Jason Collins coming out as gay in this week's issue of Sports Illustrated. Mike Francesa of WFAN in New York isn't one of them. On his radio show today, Francesa said he "doesn't care" about Collins coming out, and that the announcement was a "dramatic attempt to sell magazines". He also repeated the phrase "I don't get it" several times.
Correct Mike, you don't get it. We know there are plenty of gay people in America. That's not news. Francesa even touched on the fact that gay athletes hadn't come out in the past because they didn't feel comfortable, so there's no reason for them to be forced out. Collins wasn't forced out, and the fact that he was finally comfortable enough to come out *is* a big deal.
Just because there have been retired gay athletes in the past doesn't dim the importance of Collins' announcement. Imagine having a personal detail about yourself potentially affecting the rest of your career. That's the situation Collins is in now, and if you don't understand why that's a big deal, I don't know what to tell you.
Francesca is a grumpy old man who is half-awake at times. I don't take a lot of what he says or does seriously.
More offensive to me are the comments of Chris Broussard of ESPN and Tim Brando of CBS who were both openly hateful about Collins coming out.
I support homosexual-Americans and all, and not for nothin, but I think this is his way of salvaging his career... his buck has gone way up because of this
Wow, this is an overreaction if I've ever seen one. I don't even listen to Francesca anymore and, while I agree that he can be a grouchy old man with seemingly little knowledge of what he's talking about, his reaction to this story is not the evil act you make it out to be. In fact, I would say his attitude is the same as I've heard on other shows talking about the subject today (the same "its not a big deal" point was made on Bill Simmons' podcast). Maybe its generational and geographical, but I'm sure as an older man, living in NYC, and in the entertainment business, Francesca is so use to dealing with people of all stripes (including homosexuals) that nothing surprises him anymore. I'm sure a person being gay is certainly not a "big deal" to him. Also, Jason Collins isn't even the first openly gay active athlete, and Francesca knows this. He's just the first in a sport Americans care about.
Its okay if you feel the Collins story is the most important thing ever, but please don't go to the verge of making someone seem like a bigot (which you did) to get your point across.
Here's my problem. If he doesn't care or cares about it less than zero, then why did he dedicate 5-6 minutes of airtime and said he would dedicate more time to thsi when the article comes out later this week.