From the moment he embarked down this trailblazing path, Jason Collins has said that he'd turn the other cheek when faced with ignorance, accepting that he can't control the words and actions of idiots.

He was tested once during his first month with the Brooklyn Nets, although the NBA's first openly gay player understandably doesn't want to give attention to the "knucklehead" or his comments.

After all, most everything else about his groundbreaking experience on the court and in the locker room has been positive. And Collins handled the negativity like he anticipated - with a silent disregard.

"One player, one knucklehead from another team," Collins said in an interview with the Daily News. "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."

Collins is bringing that mindset into his first trip through multiple Bible Belt states this season, when the Nets leave Saturday for games in Dallas, New Orleans and Charlotte. He understands the insinuations when the trip is brought up as potentially worrisome, but Collins seems to be assuming the best while prepared for everything else.

"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.