Jason Collins revealed he has received a gay taunt from one NBA player since making his return to the league on Feb. 23.
Collins, who became the first openly gay player in the four recognized major professional sports, inked two 10-day contracts with the Brooklyn Nets before signing for the remainder of the season.
"One player, one knucklehead from another team," Collins said. "He's a knucklehead. So I just let it go. Again, that goes back to controlling what you can control. That's how I conduct myself - just being professional.
"You can't control what other people are going to do," he said, noting that his mother's family is from Louisiana and he's looking forward to the trip."
The Nets are 10-3 since signing Collins and have avoided any signs of a distraction, welcoming the veteran center into the lineup with praise.
"Not just for myself, but I think for everyone. This shows that "distraction" is B.S," Collins said. "That it's about the team, it's about the sport," said Collins, who signed for the rest of the season last week. "I hope this shows all players that you can still have your life off the court and not have to hide anything. And still have your life on the court or on the field or on the ice, I guess, in hockey.
"That's a credit to my teammates and the entire Nets organization - from ownership to coaching to teammates to everyone."