Re "Why didn't Collins raise his hand earlier?" (Leading off, April 30): Victor Contreras acknowledges it took courage for Jason Collins to declare he's gay, but suggests it wasn't "a watershed moment" because he waited until the "twilight of his career."
Really? Hadn't Contreras heard 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver spew his homophobic vitriol before the Super Bowl, Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace question Collins when "there are all these beautiful women in the world," and ESPN analyst Chris Broussard say that living openly as a homosexual was a sin?
Given the macho world of sports and the belief among many Christians that homosexuality is a choice, Collins acted with great courage. At puberty, many youngsters begin to agonize whether they'll ever have the courage to "come out" because they fear what their parents and peers might think. It took Collins more than 30 years. Some never find the courage.
-- Jack Pelletier, El Dorado Hills