Jason Collins becoming the first openly gay active athlete participating in one of the four major team sports tore up the news cycle on Monday. Everywhere you looked, people were either commending the decision and calling the 34-year-old big man a ‘hero,’ or admonishing the attention his announcement was receiving and trying to pretend that this historic occasion wasn’t actually historic.
Unsurprisingly, because of all the noise surrounding Collins’ coming out, people failed to pay attention to the absolute best reaction anyone, pro athlete or otherwise, had to it.
Enter: Los Angeles Lakers forward, Metta World Peace.
“No matter what it is. I came here in a Cookie Monster shirt because I wanted to, and I was going to wear the pants. But I thought you guys were going to judge me. I was going to wear the hat too. But I thought you guys would judge me. I didn’t want Mitch [Kupchak] to judge me. So that’s why I didn’t wear the hats and the pants. But I should’ve wore it. You should be free to do and act how you want to act.”
Hopefully, one day, we will reach the point as a society where MWP can proudly sport his Cookie Monster pants without fear of ridicule. Maybe Collins’ big announcement can serve as a stepping stone to that.