Ex-NBA player Phil Chenier talks about Jason Collins coming out as gay


phil-chenierFormer NBA player and current Washington Wizards play-by-play man Phil Chenier recently spoke about the Jason Collins coming out situation, CBS Local reported.

Chenier played most of his NBA career with Baltimore Bullets (then Washington Bullets).

He averaged career high 21.9 ppg during the 1973-74 season.

Chenier appread in total of 578 NBA games, averaging 17.2 ppg in 33.1 mpg.

Chenier said that Jason Collins was a very engaging character and a very physical player.

He added he hopes that this brings about a moving forward of the country to supporting the gay community.

When asked what would’ve been if such thing happened in 1977, Chenier, who played at that time, said that it would have depended upon the team he was a part of at the time.

Chenier said on his team he thinks that they would have supported him as a teammate, as they should.

He also added that the issue was very different back then so who knows what the reaction would have been.

Ex-NBA guard noted that nothing has changed about Jason Collins, other than now people are aware of the fact that he’s gay.

Chenier noted that he hopes that Jason coming out makes everyone think about the issue more and develop new ways of thinking about it.

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