Since announcing that he is the first openly gay athlete in professional sports, Jason Collins has been commended by many, including President Obama. But while Collins deserves to be recognized for his decision to speak out on his lifestyle, should he be held accountable for the years he chose to lie to women he developed relationships with?
According to TMZ, Collins was once engaged to former WNBA player Carolyn Moos. For eight years, the two appeared to have a loving relationship. But Collins never told Moos that he was living a gay lifestyle. She only found out days before the article was published in Sports Illustrated.
“It’s very emotional for me as a woman to have invested eight years in my dream to have a husband, soul mate, and best friend in him,” Moos said. “So this is all hard to understand.”
Collins made up several excuses on why he didn’t want to get married and eventually called the wedding off. Moos went on to say she cares about Jason and hopes that he is happy.
However, Collins’ choice to live on the “down-low” for all those years was extremely selfish and unfair to Moos.
Share your thoughts. Do you think Collins was wrong for hiding his sexuality from his fiancée, or should he be forgiven because of his recent decision?