Collins is retiring from the NBA, 18 months after he came out. He played last season with the Brooklyn Nets.
Both Jason Collins and Michael Sam made history over the weekend. Now, let’s hope what they represent becomes ordinary enough that it’s unremarkable. Let’s hope the phrase “first openly-gay” is only attached to their names in history books.
Jason Collins has become the first openly gay player to see action in an NBA game.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will attend the State of the Union address Tuesday evening as a special guest of President Obama.
An openly gay NBA player is among the guests who will sit with first lady Michelle Obama Tuesday when President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address.
The 34-year-old journeyman becomes a free agent on July 1 – meaning that he will first have to sign with an NBA team and wait until next season to see if teammates, coaches, opponents and fans will treat him any differently.
NBA reporter Chris Broussard said on the air that Jason Collins was “walking in open rebellion to God” by living as a gay man.
Jason Collins said he has gotten “incredible” support since coming out as the first openly gay player in one of the four major U.S. pro sports leagues, and hopes he may have made the path easier for others to follow.
It says something, nearly all of it good, that on the day a male athlete in one of the major American pro sports came as out as gay, the reaction from the NBA, fellow ballplayers and fans was almost uniformly positive. But let’s not break an arm patting ourselves on the back just yet. There’s some heavy lifting still to be done.
The 34-year-old NBA center revealed his sexuality on Monday and the outpouring of good will from the Sports community on Twitter has been overwhelming.