Jason Collins Comes Out as Gay; NBA Player Makes Sports History

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"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."

With those words, Jason Collins has become the first openly gay athlete in a major American team sport. He came out on the May 6 cover of Sports Illustrated.

  • Jason Collins Sports Illustrated Cover
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"I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major U.S. team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation," he tells SI.

"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."

It's true. The 12-year NBA veteran and former Stanford All-American has added a truly historic footnote to a solid career, however unexpected.

In 2007, retired NBA journeyman John Amaechi revealed that he was gay and has since become a major advocate for sexual equality in sports.

But until Collins' SI cover story, no active player had come out.

To Amaechi, and other pioneers before him, such as tennis champion Martina Navratilova, as well as the straight advocates for equality in sports, he adds:

"The words thank you aren't enough."

There will be dialogue, and plenty of it, in the coming days and weeks and months, about the Washington Wizards center's story as a watershed moment.

And yet, his words on the cover seem to say it all:

"PRO BASKETBALL is a family. And pretty much every family I know has a brother, sister or cousin who's gay. In the brotherhood of the NBA, I just happen to be the one who's out."

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The women on 'The View' all expressed approval for that man who had left a 8 year relationship with a woman for nasty affairs with men! What goes around comes around! Sherri nor Elisabeth shouldn't say anything when their husbands do the same!!!

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@ WisdomSpeak1

I DO AGREE . And--why do these types of "people" feel the need to advertise this???? I suppose it does bring in the $$$$. Normal people are not out there hollering about themselves!!!

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OH MY GOSH. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO NORMAL?. I'M SURE THE GUYS IN THE LOCKER ROOM ARE WONDERING. (SOME OF THEM) THIS IS WRONG. GOOD GRIEF, IMAGINE A WEDDING NIGHT! YIKES. SCAREY....

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I dont see what his sexuality has to do with playing basketball. I wish everyone would keep their sex preferences to themselves really, its none of our business. I dont go around telling people I prfer men, why sould he??? Its a shame people classify themselves by who they prefer to sleep with,

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@ Sandy

It's his right to come out and say who he is Abd whom he's attracted to. Of course it's easy for you to say what you said because you've never had to hide who you really are, where in the black community he did until he,finally got the balls to say to hell with what ignorant people like you Abd anyone has to say, I'm gonna to be me. Plain and simple.He just probably got tired of of hearing the speculative talk on behalf of his sexuality...do ya get it now? Can you grasp that bit of logic? Say it with me now...DUH.....!

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What a brave man to do what he did. Now let's try and get half of the homophobic hip hop community to do the same and maybe legislation won't be so slow when it comes to passing equal rights laws for the LGBTQ communities where marriage rights are concerned.

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The thing I don't get is why he has to come out??? Like why do it?? Other players don't come out and say hey I'm straight!! Attention seeking much?

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@ My Two Cents....

I totally agree who he sleeps with has nothing to do with his job..... And its really no ones business

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@ My Two Cents....

Are you fuckin stupid? When do people ever come out and say they're straight? People have problems with gay/lesbians, not straight people.

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@ Tiffany

And for the record, that comment was for the fake my two cents. Not you Tiffany sorry.

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@ Tiffany

Gee I wonder why they have problems with it??? Cause it aint normal????? Do what u want in life but some of us "old fashioned" people dont care to hear that he prefers to sleep with men. Its got 0 to do with basketball........

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@ Tiffany

You're obviously one of those people deeply touched on the,side of stupid to have said that shit. How sad it must be for you to have grown up believing the backwards garbage you've been taught, it's the same as being a bigot too, it all comes from a general place of incredible blind ignorance. I feel bad for your children if you have any. Because they will certainly be just as dumb if not more so than you...

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@ My Two Cents....

By the way, who the fuck told you that it,was ok to try and,steal someone's goddamn title? That just show how incredibly stupid you really are to not think you'd get caught. What a stupid bitch you are And I know this couldn't be anyone but an idiotic copycat female to try and pull that shit. Stupid cow, tricks are for kids.

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@ My Two Cents...1#

maybe if they diidnt have to tell everyone their sexual preference, it wouldnt be such a big deal.... I see no reason for anyone to announce to the world what they prefer in the bedroom , and then wonder why some people cant stand it. We are being forced to "accept" every damn thing people want to do in life whetehr we like it or not. Id rather not know.....

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@ Sandy

Yeah, it's called evolving i.e. being a happier , beaver person in ones own light. Something you obviously wouldn't know a damn thing about! And how could you? Your brain is so deeply embedded in the mountains of ignorant shit you've been fed, it's no wonder you are the way you are and believe what you believe. If nothing else, I just plain feel bad for you.you're not evolved or smart enough to know why he did it or to even get past your own wacked out bias to accept a man who chose to come out and be who he authentically is and on his terms. Can you say that about yourself Miss? Sexuality not withstanding, but with something else you thought would make you happy, or finding SOMETHING that made you truly happy and content....well for that very brave man, he did what made him happy and I for one embrace and congratulate him for it, too bad alot of us don't often step in the light of who we really,are and who and what we want out of life.....can you say the,same? And more importantly, are you really happy now?

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@ My Two Cents....

First of all bitch stop stealing my title, I had it first. And second, why the FUCK Not come out? He did a brave,and wonderful thing. And if you had a fully functioning brain cell, you'd know how oppressive feeling as though you had to hide who you are..until one day, you just say FUCK it, I'm coming out critics be damned...and you can be damned too sweetie.

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Abe, nobody said anything about wanting to fuck you. I doubt anyone ever has. You have nothing to worry about.

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Shocking that people think he is wrong. He is human and has his own choices in life just as us straight people do. He is not wrong for loving who he chooses to love.

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How is JOY not all over this story? Come on you rage-filled homophobe.

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let's hope his teammates won't allow him to use the shower again.

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@ abe

You are a homophobic asshole.And you'd be lucky to have anyone sneeze in your direction let alone give you the time of day you lonely ignorant inbred backwards thinking baboons ass.