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NBA Center Jason Collins: 'I'm Black and I'm gay'
May 1, 2013 | News Archive
NBA Center Jason Collins: 'I'm Black and I'm gay'

Continue reading to hear an interesting perspective from The Grio on Jason Collins coming out to thw world.



Jason Collins,  a 12-year veteran NBA center, is gay.

The 34-year-old writes in the upcoming issueof Sports Illustrated that he has reached a point in his life and career where he wants to be “genuine and authentic and truthful.” Collins has played for six NBA teams in his career, making two appearances in the the NBA Finals with the New Jersey Nets in 2001 and 2002.

Collins, whom the Nets selected eighteenth overall in 2001, most recently played for the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent.

Collins reveals in Sports Illustrated that he’s been thinking about coming out since the 2011 NBA Player Lockout. He writes that he became somewhat jealous when a former roommate at Stanford and current Massachusetts congressman Joe Kennedy marched in Boston’s Gay Pride Parade last year. Kennedy, who is straight, made Collins angry that he himself couldn’t do the same.

The recent Boston Marathon bombings forced Collins hand as well. He writes that he could no longer wait for his “circumstances of [his] coming out to be perfect.”

The time was now.

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