NBA Player comes out
Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards came out in a Sports Illustrated story on Monday and opened up as the first active gay athlete in North American professional sports.
In an essay that he wrote for the magazine, Collins said, “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”
“I’m glad I’m coming out in 2013 rather than 2003. The climate has shifted; public opinion has shifted. And yet we still have so much farther to go. Everyone is terrified of the unknown, but most of us don’t want to return to a time when minorities were openly discriminated against.”
Collins has had a 12-year NBA career and most notably appeared in back-to-back NBA Finals with the New Jersey Nets.
Collins’ twin brother Jarron, played 10 seasons in the NBA.