On Thursday, Jason Collins, Brooklyn Nets center, revealed that he heard negative comments made by another player during a game, and pay per head sportsbooks were not very happy at all to hear about this.
Price per head services learned that Collins, who became the first openly gay player on an active NBA roster, would not reveal the player’s identity or the team that he plays for. According to sources, the player said that he didn’t react to the comments while on the court.
“There’s no need to even engage in a conversation with him at that point,” Collins said. “In the flow of the game, you have emotions going. It goes back to controlling what I can control — having self control and having the discipline to recognize it for what it is and keep the focus on the game.
“We’re all human. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. You hope that if someone has a negative opinion, that they would keep it to themselves. But at the same time, I understand that in the NBA, we’re a bunch of individuals and this is America and everyone’s entitled to their opinion.”
Earlier on Thursday, Collins acknowledged to the New York Daily News that the incident did happen.
“One player, one knucklehead from another team,” Collins said. “He’s a knucklehead. So I just let it go. Again, that goes back to controlling what you can control. That’s how I conduct myself — just being professional.”
But Collins said that overall, the reception toward him was very positive, and pay per head sportsbooks believe that this is the most important thing.
“This was the only incident,” Collins told ESPNNewYork.com. “I don’t know how many players and coaches that I’ve faced. It’s been over 100, I would say. … But again, the focus is on the games and our team and our next opponent.”
On February 23, Brooklyn signed Collins on a 10-day contract. Pay per head sportsbooks found out that later that day, he turned into the first openly gay athlete to play in one of North America’s four major professional sports when making his debut against the LA Lakers.
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After his first 10-day deal expired, Collins signed a second one, and the player was signed on March 15 for the rest of the season, to the delight of many fans and pay per head sportbooks.