Jason Collins Makes History, Joins NBA Team As First Openly Gay Player

Jason Collins Makes History, Joins NBA Team As First Openly Gay Player

Months after Jason Collins shocked the sports world by announcing he is openly gay, new reports claim he has joined the Brooklyn Nets.

According to reports, he will join his former NBA team Sunday (February 23) on a 10-day contract.

Collins will join the Nets for their game Sunday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers. The 35-year-old center revealed at the end of last season he is gay, but he was a free agent and had remained unsigned. With a need for another big man, the Nets turned to the 7-foot Collins, who helped them reach two NBA Finals in the early 2000s. (Mercury News)

A Nets executive has already confirmed the big news and explained the team’s motivation.

“The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision,” general manager Billy King said via a statement. “We needed to increase our depth inside, and with his experience and size, we felt he was the right choice for a 10-day contract.” (Statement)

Proud of Jason Collins’ decision to come out last year, rapper A$AP Rocky compared his announcement to R&B singer Frank Ocean revealing his bisexuality.

“That’s his business,” Rocky said in an interview. “I respect men more for coming out. People joke on Frank Ocean a lot but at least he’s not out here fronting. It’s a lot of people, a lot of motherf*ckers be out here, they be the closet motherf*ckers, you know? I don’t respect them. I respect gay men who identify it and who are out with it. I don’t have a problem with gay people at all. So it’s like, that’s his business. It don’t concern me. Number one, I barely get to watch basketball like that as it is. Number two, I don’t even know who this n*gga is that you talking about. Dead a**. He probably has ten times more money than me but I don’t know who he is. We got the Frank Ocean of the NBA now who came out and did what he had to do. Shout-outs to him.” (KYSDC)

A few weeks ago, NFL-bound prospect Michael Sam revealed his same-sex preference in a televised interview.

In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports, Sam says he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August. Sam says: “I am an openly, proud gay man.” The 255-pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last month after leading the SEC in sacks (11.5) and tackles for loss (19), and he is projected to be a mid-round NFL draft pick. He says: “It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be … I want to be a football player in the NFL.” (Los Angeles Times)

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