His coming out should open doors for closeted athletes everywhere and will turn him into an instant hero for gay kids. There is no way one can overstate the significance of this development. It is yet another seminal event in the history of gay rights.
Brooklyn possesses a growing LGBT community and no one can question the vibrancy of New York City’s overall LGBT community. Unquestionably, any team playing in New York is battle-tested regarding the media and its hyper-scrutiny. The Nets would endure.
One of the minority owners of the Nets but one who is most visible is rap icon Jay-Z. Reacting to President Obama’s announced support for same sex marriage last year, Jay-Z said, “What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination, plain and simple.”