Report: Mark Jackson Refused To Consider Signing Gay Players


According to Sarah Todd of, former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson isn't interested in coaching gay players.

The article alleges that Jackson was asked about the possibility of signing openly gay center Jason Collins before Collins signed with the Brooklyn Nets, and Jackson responded "not in my locker room".

Jackson, who was fired by the Warriors shortly after they lost to the Clippers in the first round of the NBA playoffs, was reportedly at odds with upper management - which included openly gay team president Rick Welts. Jackson's previous public comments on Collins had raised controversy, with the coach skirting the issue rather than addressing it one way or the other:

“I will say this. We live in a country that allows you to be whoever you want to be. As a Christian man, I serve a God that gives you free will to be who you want to be. As a Christian man, I have beliefs of what’s right and what’s wrong. That being said, I know Jason Collins, I know his family, and am certainly praying for them at this time.”

The Warriors hired Steve Kerr as Jackson's replacement just days after his firing, and Jackson signed a multi-year contract with ESPN to return to the broadcast booth shortly after.


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