By Scott Tibbs, September 25, 2013
Note: I submitted this to the San Francisco Chronicle as a letter to the editor.
As I read Bruce Jenkins's ridiculous screed from September 17, I kept thinking "you cannot be serious." Jenkins accuses NBA front offices of discriminating against Jason Collins because he is homosexual.
Let's be real here. Collins is simply not very good by NBA standards, and has never been all that good. In the last three NBA seasons, he has averaged the following:
- Points per game: 2.0, 1.3 and 1.1
- Rebounds per game: 2.1, 1.6 and 1.6
- Blocks per game: 0.2, 0.1 and 0.3
- Fouls per game: 2.0, 1.1 and 2.0
Collins is also 34 years old, an age where many NBA players are winding down.
Jenkins asserts that Collins should be hired simply because he is homosexual. This is absurd. Are we going to have affirmative action for homosexuals now? Are we going to give special treatment based on someone's sex life, regardless of actual qualifications? What sexual preferences are we going to prefer? Should men who commit adultery with multiple women also be granted a contract based on their sexual orientation?
Jenkins is not advocating equal rights, he is advocating special rights, further illustrating that the militant homosexual rights movement is about forcing acceptance of homosexuality, not promoting tolerance.