A single successful day does not ensure a comfortable future in the public eye for Jason Collins. If the free agent center does manage to find a spot on a team this offseason, he will be faced with a rush of media attention, vocal haters spewing invective at every road game, and a subsection of the culture inclined to think his brave decision was inspired by impure motives. (Collins’s agent, Arn Tellem, has already had to explain that he didn’t push his client to come out to boost his chances of getting a contract.) He may also play with a teammate unwilling to accept him or find himself in a locker room that inadvertently alienates him because of the novelty—and unique pressure—of the situation. Collins made this decision based on what it means for the rest of his life, not for one day, and it’s impossible to know from here how his experience will unfold over time.
Here’s Drew Magary on how homophobes are speaking in code these days, or as he put it, “a shithead’s guide to bragging about how much you don’t care about Jason Collins.”
GQ: Is fashion a young man’s game?
Jimmy Goldstein: That’s what happens to most people. And I take pride in the fact that I’ve remained young. I still feel like I’m in my twenties. And I still try to follow what’s going on, what’s new, what’s changing, and not get caught up in staying the way I was. Most people don’t do that.
GQ: There’s something to aging gracefully, but there’s something heroic about fighting.
Jimmy Goldstein: Well I’m a fighter. I’m in denial about my age. I’ll admit it. But I still go out with girls in their early twenties. I hang out with young people, that’s where I feel comfortable. And there’s no question that young people admire me for the way I dress. Whereas old people don’t get it. So the young age group is where I belong.
The rivalry among the NBA’s elite has spilled off the court and into an arena where athletes have historically feared to tread: high fashion. Players show up for games wearing leather pants, lensless glasses, and printed silk shirts—and that’s just Russell Westbrook. GQ’s Steve Marsh spent a week trailing basketball’s biggest names—Kevin Durant, Kobe, D-Wade, LeBron—to ﬁnd out how they’re turning the league into a runway for the world’s tallest peacocks.