NBA's Jason Collins: I'm Gay
First active American pro athlete to come out
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 29, 2013 11:21 AM CDT
Then-Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collins (34) goes up for a shot against Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) during the first quarter of an NBA Basketball game Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – Free agent NBA center Jason Collins came out of the closet today, in a cover story op-ed for Sports Illustrated that makes him the first active NBA player—and the first active male athlete in a major American professional team sport—to do so. "I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying 'I'm different,'" he writes. "If I had my way, someone else would have already done this." Collins isn't a star, but he is a veteran—he's played for six teams over 12 years, and says there's a running "Three Degrees of Jason Collins" gag in NBA locker rooms.

He says he struggled for years first to accept that he was gay, and to keep it a secret. "The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn't wait" any longer, he writes. "Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully?" He isn't sure how fans or fellow players will react, but he intends to "lead by example and show that gay players are no different from straight ones." And he suspects being honest will make him happier. "Some people insist they've never met a gay person," he concludes, "But Three Degrees of Jason Collins dictates that no NBA player can claim that anymore." Click for Collins' full piece.

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timnielsen
May 4, 2013 12:29 AM CDT
well JC's lasting legacy certainly now is his gayness. too bad that didn't translate into actually having any talent except with pillow biting.
homer57
May 2, 2013 2:04 PM CDT
allllll this hoopla for one homosexual who makes a scene over doing that which is against nature! Dogs and cats and cows and elephants do not have homosexual sex, so how is it that i should be impressed w/this man's revelation! It was probably known before anyway, so...who cares! Maybe i should come out of the closet and say: I am Heterosexual, do I even have to!!
heyyouyou
Apr 30, 2013 5:31 PM CDT
Give that man a cigar!!!! Ops....