NFL player Asante Samuel wishes Jason Collins wouldn’t “flaunt” his sexuality

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel is very unhappy that Washington Wizard Jason Collins came out this week as a gay man.

UPDATE: We’re not very happy that Asante Samuel has been busy flaunting his heterosexuality either.  Think of the kids, Asante.

Samuel says he doesn’t understand why all these gay men in professional sports are constantly standing up and announcing that they’re gay. Straight people don’t do it, Samuel said:

“Straight people are not announcing they’re straight, so why does everybody have to announce their sexuality or whatever? You know, what they prefer…So that’s just how I see it. That’s my opinion on things. All respect you know, I have nothing but respect for the people whoever decisions they make and whatever, but you know, you don’t have to show it and flaunt it like that. You know what I’m saying, we have kids out here, too.”

Photo by Master Sgt. Donna T. Jeffries, DOD photo.

Photo by Master Sgt. Donna T. Jeffries, DOD photo.

Yeah, it’s been a virtual inundation of out-gay men in professional sports lately.  First there was Jason Collins.  Then there was…  oh that’s right, Jason Collins is the first gay man to come out in any of the major professional sports leagues.  But even one is too many when you’re a bigot.

Washington Wizards' Jason Collins, courtesy of the NBA.

Washington Wizards’ Jason Collins, courtesy of the NBA.

I have to hand it to Jason Collins, he’s shown why it’s so difficult for men to come out in professional sports.  The field is littered with bigots.  There was ESPN sportcaster Chris Broussard who thinks Jason Collins should stop calling himsef a Christian now that he’s gay (because that is why we turn to ESPN sportscasters, for definitive judgments on one’s Christianity).

Then there was the Miami Dolphin’s Mike Wallace who didn’t understand why gay men would ignore all those beautiful women out there.

Maimi Dolphins Mike Wallace

TMZ reports that Collins also received Twitter death threats following his coming out:

— “Yous a dead f****t talkn on tv Boy.”
— “Listening to Jason Collins describe his gayness as ‘beautiful’ makes me wanna puke. And kill him.”
— “Jason collins comes out the closet! Kill that biiitttchhhh!!!”
— “First jason collins say he gay.. Now he on espn w lipgloss on  kill him now !!!”
— “Jason Collins should get the death penalty lol how u a 7 foot gay dude lol the west is crazy smh”

That’s why gay people announce publicly that they’re gay, Asante Samuel.  Because of the hate.  And if you really cared about the children, you’d care about the gay kid who’s contemplating suicide because of listening to the hatred of so many sports fans who agree with you.

And last time I checked, no straight kid every tried to kill himself because a gay guy came out.

Bonus clip – Jon Stewart on Jason Collins’ coming out:

“All in all it’s a pretty great day for major league sports. At long last, they’ve decided that gay people are fit to be included in their elite club — one that’s already allowed in adulterers, wife-swappers, gamblers, cheaters, rapists, racists and slaughterers of man. Those who’ve abused spouses, drugs, alcohol, family members and animals.”

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
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