The culture of professional sports took a positive step forward on Monday when NBA player Jason Collins came out as the first openly gay active male athlete in professional sports. It was a great moment and encouraging to see the progress that could soon open the doors for those after Collins to be who they really are, but as you would expect, the news wasn’t received well by everyone.
For the most part, professional athletes showed their support for Collins and applauded him for his bravery, but people like Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace decided it would be a good idea to share their ignorance on social media.
Of course, once Wallace received backlash for his comments, he deleted him.
Thankfully, since this is the Internet, the comments are not lost forever. I was able to capture a screen grab before Wallace back tracked on his comments.
This is what he wrote:
It could have been a lot worse, but it still showed the ignorance that homosexual athletes will have to deal with in the locker rooms.
As you would expect, Wallace immediately tried to explain his comments.
Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don’t understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended
— Mike Wallace (@Wallace17_daKid) April 29, 2013
While Collins’ brave announcement was a positive step forward, people like Wallace show us that there is still a long way to go before the fight for equality in professional sports locker rooms will be won. It’s hard to change that culture overnight, but it is positive to see that we are making progress.