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Posted April 29, 2013 by DJ Enuff in Sports
 
 

History Making: First Gay Pro Athlete NBA Jason Collins Comes Out Covers SI! [Photo]

Jason Collins comes out

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.

I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.

My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons.

I’ve played for six pro teams and have appeared in two NBA Finals. Ever heard of a parlor game called Three Degrees of Jason Collins? If you’re in the league, and I haven’t been your teammate, I surely have been one of your teammates’ teammates. Or one of your teammates’ teammates’ teammates.

Now I’m a free agent, literally and figuratively. I’ve reached that enviable state in life in which I can do pretty much what I want. And what I want is to continue to play basketball. I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful.” – SI

NBA Issued a statement: As Adam Silver and I said to Jason, we have known the Collins family since Jason and Jarron joined the NBA in 2001 and they have been exemplary members of the NBA family. Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue.

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n the brand new issue of Sports Illustrated on the cover story “The Gay Athlete,” current NBA center Jason Collins made history and became the first professional athlete to come out! Collins, a ten-year veteran, played with the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards this past season, and will be a free-agent on the market next season! Other athletes have come out before, but not while they are playing or have the prospect to play further in the sport! He only told his twin brother, Jarron, the news last summer! NFL Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo paved the way for Collins to come out! Read more on Ayanbadejo after the jump…

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FL recent Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo really started to speak out for gay and equal rights amongst the mainstream media in the past couple months to allow gay athletes to step forward into a comfortable atmosphere! Ayanbadejo even spoke in front of the supreme court! He made such an impact, Dodger’s owner Magic Johnson and Mav’s owner Mark Cuban even said they would support having a gay athlete on their teams!