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Ted, Don't Even Think About it....




Disclaimer: I want to preface this post by stating that this is not meant to politicize the issue of gay rights or to turn this into a debate. This is simply a fan's decree of how this current situation should be handled.

Ted Leonsis,

I am a life long Wizards fan. I have been rooting for this team literally since I was in diapers. I have spent many evenings in either the old Capital Centre or the Verizon Center watching this team through it's ups and and downs (mostly downs). With all that in mind, yesterday, we just witnessed one of the most historic events in sports history that has a direct connection to this team and that is the C Jason Collins coming out of the closet and admitting that he is gay. His coming out was met with mostly positive responses throughout the media amongst players, coaches and even executive level people as well. As we know, gay marriage is a hot button topic in this country and a player coming out of the closet in professional sports is about on par with any important and highly debated issue in this country. With that said, listening to people like Mark Cuban come out and talk about this matter, and already knowing that he at least publicly entertained the idea of possibly having Brittney Griner playing for the Mavericks, it is easy to see what could actually happen here. Some owners may see signing Jason Collins as a goodwill gesture, but the harsh reality is some will see this as a way to make money. Ted, don't be that guy.

Just looking at this objectively, Collins played 6 games total for the Wizards this past season and only averaged 9 minutes per game. Often times, he played simply because of the large amount of injuries. It is easy to argue that his presence on this team wasn't entirely necessary and that he was more or less just a throw in, in the Jordan Crawford trade, to match salaries. With all that said, in the extreme unlikelihood that you do determine that Jason Collins is a servicable player for this team and that you believe his presence will help this team in some capacity then I don't have an issue with you considering him for next year, but let me be clear, if you decide to sign this guy as a means to gain more fans or to bolster your PR, you will lose at least one fan and that is me. Yes I am willing to give up my nearly 25 years of rooting for this team because as a fan, such actions would speak volumes to me about what the intentions of the ownership is, when it comes to winning. I'm not okay with the potential distraction that this situation may present to this team if it is done strictly for monetary gain. I want to see a quality product on the court, the likes that we haven't seen since you have been owner of this team. Few will publicly discuss it this way but regardless of how you stand on this issue, many will agree that getting Collins will inherit risk. You risk the chance of dividing your locker room without really knowing how that dynamic will play out without having a true authentic first hand experience with the entire roster in the fold in a locker room situation. You also risk the team becoming distracted as this will become a story from city to city, night after night. By all means if you believe he is worth the risk go ahead and give him a shot, but judging from only playing 6 games on a injury depleted roster, it would seem any consideration like this would strictly be for any type of gain beyond the basketball court. If that is so, Ted, don't even think about it....

This represents the view of the user who wrote the FanPost, and not the entire Bullets Forever community. We're a place of many opinions, not just one.

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