NBA: ESPN's LZ Granderson On Jason Collins & A New Era In Pro Sports
Granderson experienced a similar hurdle himself when he first started in sports journalism. As one of the most visibly openly gay men in sports writing, he says that it was tough for him to find a job, initially. A lot of people just weren't comfortable opening up their locker rooms to him. That was back in the '90s, though. Granderson says he hopes that the locker rooms Collins could potentially be a part of would be more accepting today. Ultimately, however, Granderson says he is hopeful about the way things are unfolding—and happy Collins has experienced more positive responses than negative. Part of which, he adds, comes from the way he chose to make the announcement. "I love that fact that he took ownership of his story, and he shared his story, and it wasn't an outing," he says. "It comes from a position of strength."
Granderson doesn't shy away from tackling tough and often taboo subjects head-on. In his work with ESPN as well as his keynotes, he combines humor, grace, and candid personal anecdotes to address the intersection where athletics, race, identity, LGBT issues, and culture meet. His award-winning commentary is smart and on point—providing a refreshing new analysis of some of today's hot-topic issues.