In the wake of many professional athletes coming out as gay, but after they’ve already retired; one active player is ready to come out now. Sports Illustrated reported on Monday, April 29, 2013, that NBA center Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards publicly let the world know that he is gay.
The full story on Collins and his coming out as a gay NBA player is due in the May 6, 2013, issue of “Sports Illustrated.” He starts it off incredibly simple though, and tells more in one small statement than could be told in a whole magazine.
“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay. …”
Collins goes on to say that he wasn’t setting out to be the first openly gay athlete in an American sport, but he was more than alright with starting things off. He actually wishes that someone else had done it first, but he’s proud of who he is and wanted to let it be known.
The NBA center started his professional career with the New Jersey Nets back in 2001. He has since played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, and now the Washington Wizards.
Collins is a well-respected player in the NBA and one that has truly made a name for himself across multiple organizations. He has reason for coming out now, and wanted everyone to know.
He said he started thinking about it in 2011 during the NBA lockout. He was used to basketball being a distraction for not really thinking about it, but then that was gone. With that, he realized something needed to be done and more signs kept showing themselves to him.
“I realized I needed to go public when Joe Kennedy, my old roommate at Stanford and now a Massachusetts congressman, told me he had just marched in Boston’s 2012 Gay Pride Parade. I’m seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I was proud of him for participating but angry that as a closeted gay man I couldn’t even cheer my straight friend on as a spectator. If I’d been questioned, I would have concocted half truths. What a shame to have to lie at a celebration of pride. I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. I want to take a stand and say, “Me, too.”
To read Collins’ full story, check out Sports Illustrated and read his amazing tale.
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