Re "Why didn't Collins raise his hand earlier?" (Leading off, April 30): How can Victor Contreras both praise and mock Jason Collins for his decision? In his Sports Illustrated piece, Collins likens "coming out" to cooking in an oven; some things take longer, and making the announcement earlier would result in something that, to continue the parallel, would be incompletely established.
Contreras's column implies that one's sexual awareness is a defined line -- one that should compel a person to stand up and make an announcement in a locker room. Saying this merely shifts the onus to the gay person. A journalist should point out the homophobic culture in professional sports and the social norms binding athleticism and straightness and masculinity, not blame a brave individual for once choosing the way he (and not the rest of us) can identify him.
-- K.S. Petty, Sacramento