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NBA’s Jason Collins becomes first openly gay athlete in major sports

Updated: April 29, 2013 1:38PM



NEW YORK — NBA veteran center Jason Collins has become the first active male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay.

Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday on Sports Illustrated’s website. The 34-year-old Collins has played for six NBA teams in 12 seasons. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. He says he wants to continue playing.

Collins writes: “If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”

Collins played in a Final Four for Stanford and reached two NBA Finals. His twin brother, Jarron, was also a longtime NBA center. Jason says he came out to his brother last summer.

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” Collins told the magazine.



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