Center Jason Collins has received mostly praise since coming out as the first gay athlete in one of the four major American sports, but Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show," questioned whether Collins really wants to be a part of the not-so-squeaky clean ranks of professional athletes.
In a piece for Sports Illustrated published on Monday, the 34-year-old proudly came out, and famous athletes like Kobe Bryant and former football great Barry Sanders congratulated him, as did first lady Michelle Obama.
But in a lengthy segment dubbed “NBALGBT,” Stewart pointed out the plethora of criminal offenses committed by pro-athletes over the years that teams and fans accepted well before the idea of a gay athlete on the field or in the locker room.
“All in all it’s a pretty great day for major league sports. At long last, they’ve decided that gay people are fit to be included in their elite club -- one that’s already allowed in adulterers, wife-swappers, gamblers, cheaters, rapists, racists and slaughterers of man. Those who’ve abused spouses, drugs, alcohol, family members and animals,” Stewart said.”
Stewart then asked: “Congratulations, gay athletes. Are you sure you want to hang out with these people?”
Pictures of defamed stars like Michael Vick to Tiger Woods flashed while Stewart ticked off their offenses over the years.
The video below shows the segment in its entirety.