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In landmark for US sports, Collins says he is gay
NBA球員出櫃  美國體壇里程碑

NBA center Jason Collins is shown in New Jersey on June 13, 2003.
這張二○○三年六月十三日攝於紐澤西的照片,是美國職籃NBA中鋒傑森.柯林斯。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

NBA center Jason Collins became the first active player in a major professional American team sport to reveal that he is gay, doing so to Sports Illustrated in a major cover story released on April 29.

Collins, who is now a free agent, has played in the NBA for 12 seasons with six teams, spending this past campaign with the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards. He helped the New Jersey Nets reach the 2002 and 2003 NBA Finals.

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black and I’m gay,” began the story that Collins penned for the magazine with writer Franz Lidz.

The landmark revelation will now focus attention on Collins and any club that decides to sign him as well as the attitudes of his new teammates.

Among the messages of support Collins has received for his admission were those from former US president Bill Clinton, whose daughter Chelsea was a college friend of Collins at Stanford, and NBA commissioner David Stern.

Stern praised Collins for the courage and leadership of his admission. “Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue,” Stern said.

(AFP)

美國職籃NBA中鋒傑森.柯林斯在四月二十九日出版的《運動畫刊》封面故事中大方出櫃,成為全美主要職業團隊運動中,首位承認自己是同性戀的現役球星。

柯林斯目前是自由球員,過去曾披上六個球隊的戰袍出戰十二個球季。在剛結束的球季中,先後為「波士頓塞爾提克」和「華盛頓巫師」效力。他曾幫助「新澤西籃網」闖進二○○二年和二○○三年總決賽。

他和作家立茲為運動畫刊撰寫的文章開宗明義就說:「我是個三十四歲的NBA中鋒,我是黑人,而且是同志。」

這種破天荒的告白,將使外界注意力集中在柯林斯身上,以及決定簽下他的球隊和新隊友們的態度。

包括前總統柯林頓和NBA執行長史騰都留言對柯林斯表示支持。柯林頓的女兒雀兒喜是柯林斯的史丹佛大學同學 。

史騰讚揚柯林斯出櫃的勇氣與領袖風範。「傑森在他的生涯中,一直是廣受尊敬的球員和隊友,在這個非常重要的議題上,他承擔領導的職責,我們引以為傲。」史騰說。

(法新社/翻譯:陳維真)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. landmark n.

重大事件;里程碑 (zhong4 da4 shi4 jian4; li3 cheng2 bei1)

例: The vaccine is a landmark in the history of preventive medicine.

(疫苗是預防醫學的里程碑。)

2. courage n.

勇氣 (yong3 qi4)

例: The audience was touched by the courage-themed play.

(觀眾被這部以勇氣為主題的話劇所感動。)

3. mantle n.

職責;衣缽 (zhi2 ze2; yi1 bo1)

例: The second son has now assumed his father’s mantle.

(次子已繼承其父親的衣缽。)


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