Similar to many of the speculations on Mr. O'Connor's post, I think Jason Collins has truly paved the way for proud gay athletes to play competitively at a high level while being comfortable with their sexuality. It is so brave, I just cannot imagine how much Roberts' "head was spinning" not just during the game, but for the months if not years leading up to yesterday.
In fact, Jason Collins sent Rogers a good luck, supportive tweet before the game: "Good luck tonight
Currently, European soccer leagues are (and have been for decades) experience profoundly upsetting displays of racism and homophobia. For more details check out one of my previous posts,