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NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

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9 Comments on "NBA veteran Jason Collins comes out as gay"

2015 years 9 months ago

Who cares and why is this considered news.

2015 years 9 months ago

What shocking news! My mind is in a whirl, my hands are shaking, and I am weak in the knees.

If I can make it to my medicine cabinet without collapsing to the floor, I’m gonna pop another blood pressure pill and a Valium to boot. For someone to actually admit that they are gay takes the breath out of me.

Lawd, help us all! I do hope other athletes decline to say that word that dare not speak its name.

I’m about to have a seizure . . .

2015 years 9 months ago

and I am SO FREAKING SICK OF HEARING ABOUT PEOPLE’S SEX LIVES. Do what ever the hell you want, just keep it to yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2015 years 9 months ago

I applaud your courage, sir! Be proud of who you are. Good luck to you and God Bless!

2015 years 9 months ago


Slow news day in the sports department?

2015 years 9 months ago

As a gay man, I am not exactly thrilled to read this. Gay? What exactly does that signify, other than he is affectionally and sexually attracted to his own sex?

I hope he will not allow this unfortunate label to define him. Evidently, he thinks he’s real special. But the gay label is far too restrictive. We are multidimensional people, and the term “gay” is loaded with stereotypical concepts. The label itself overshadows other aspects of a person’s character.

I reject the label, and more men and women like me are also rejecting it. Why is it so important to announce your sexual orientation? Heterosexuals do not do it.

Gay? I say, “Big deal!” I guess he will become the poster boy for gay athletes. Yawn. Time for a nap.

2015 years 9 months ago

I guess he wants an (((Opera hug))).

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2015 years 9 months ago

I am a heterosexual man with a beautiful wife! That should be on page one, top line.

No, it shouldn’t, really. A person’s sex life is personal and shouldn’t be shouted from the rooftops. That is why I have a lock on my bedroom door and blinds on the windows. I didn’t run out of my house and yell to my neighbor or hold a press conference when I got married. I don’t think it is anyone’s business, not even my pastor’s business to know.

But since all the gays are shouting from the rooftop, I’ll anonymously state that I am what I am by the grace of God. If I was any other way, no one would ever know it. It is no one’s business except my wife’s and my children’s. Well, not even my children’s because if I was not heterosexual, they wouldn’t be here.

I wish that everyone would keep their orientation to themselves. I really don’t care except to think it foolish to tell the whole world what kind of bedroom life one has. That should be between yourself and your God, and no one else.

What a waste of ink and air time to think that I care about anyone’s orientation. Certainly there are more important things to make news about. Even on the slowest day, there are auto accidents to write about that are more interesting, at least to me. Maybe someone wants to know this stuff but count me out.

2015 years 9 months ago

Who cares? This guy is not exactly a household name in the basketball world.


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