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Jason Collins made history today.

The center signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets and became the first openly gay active athlete in any of the major American professional sports.

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The 35-year old revealed in late April 2013 that he is gay, yet he went unsigned through the rest of the offseason and the first half of the actual season.

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“He’s being hailed as a pioneer, but I believe true heroism is a result of being honest with yourself and with those you love.” - Carolyn Moos on Jason Collins.

In a melancholy yet pointed essay for Cosmopolitan, the former fiancee of the first openly gay NBA player speaks out and tells her side of the story.

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As has been previously reported and Carolyn Moos recalls again, the basketball star gave her no explanation when he called off their wedding in 2009.

In April 2013, he called her to explain that he’s gay before publicly coming out, but she says she’s frustrated he hasn’t discussed it further with her.

“I am sad that the media seems to be a higher priority," was one reaction.

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The Westboro Baptist Church is drawing a link between Monday's devastating Oklahoma tornado and NBA star Kevin Durant's support for Jason Collins.

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After Collins came out as gay in SI this spring, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant was one of many players to praise his courage and offer support.

According to the WBC, OKC is now paying the price.

Fred Phelps Jr., the son of Westboro Baptist Church minister Fred Phelps and the brother of Shirley Phelps-Roper, tweeted the following messages:

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Looks like Jarron Collins, the twin brother of Jason Collins, is able to have some fun with Jason's groundbreaking announcement that he is gay.

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A few weeks after Jason became the first openly gay male athlete in a major U.S. team sport, the brothers appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live in L.A.

Jarron, who had his own 10-year NBA career before retiring in 2011, was given a parting gift by Kimmel: a T-shirt that read "I'M THE STRAIGHT ONE."

"Thanks to @jimmykimmel for the tshirt parting gift... this ought to clear things up," Jarron posted on his Twitter account Wednesday night with a link.

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Jason Collins became the first openly homosexual athlete in major American team sports when he came out as gay in Sports Illustrated last month.

To hear Charles Barkley tell it, the operative word is "openly."

The response to Collins’ decision has been overwhelmingly positive, but the concept of playing with a gay player is still a major talking point in sports.

Barkley said on The Dan Patrick Show that he has played with 3-4 gay men during his 16-year career, and those are just the players he knows about.

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Earlier this week, Jason Collins came out as gay, making him the first openly homosexual active player in a major American sport.

And the outpour of support just keeps on coming!

Kobe Bryant is the Collins' latest peer to stand behind the Wizards Center.

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When the story first broke, Bryant tweeted "Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others."

Now, he's told E! that "The biggest key is for everybody to be comfortable being themselves."

The Laker added "As his peers we have to support him, just rally around him."

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The Westboro Baptist Church, in response to Jason Collins coming out as gay this week, says it plans to protest a couple of NBA Playoff games.

Because, apparently, God hates the NBA.

Or #GodH8sTheNBA in Twitter parlance.

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The WBC concludes this, of course, because they really do not like homosexuality, and Collins just became the first openly gay player in major U.S. team sports.

Therefore, they will picket Wednesday’s Game 5 between Oklahoma City and Houston, and tomorrow night’s Game 6 between Chicago and Brooklyn.

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Carolyn Moos, Jason Collins' ex-fiancee, says she just found out the NBA player is gay along with the rest of the U.S., despite their long-term relationship.

Moos and Collins were engaged when he broke up with her in 2009.

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They had been together for eight years prior to that, and she says she never once suspected Jason Collins was gay, so this week's news is shocking.

At the time of their split, Carolyn says Jason gave a bunch of reasons that never truly made sense to her, and that she was always confused ... until now.

Days before his big announcement in Sports Illustrated, Collins came out to Moos, admitting that his homosexuality was the real reason he dumped her.

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Athletes, politicians and fans alike generally and vocally offered support to Jason Collins Monday following the NBA player's decision to come out as gay.

Reactions weren't entirely positive, however.

In addition to NFL player Mike Wallace's insensitivity, ESPN reporter Chris Broussard played the Bible card and stated a dismissive take on homosexuality.

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"I'm a Christian," he said on Outside the Lines, echoing remarks he has made before on the topic. "I don't agree with homosexuality. I think it's a sin."

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NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay in Sports Illustrated today, igniting a flurry of discussion and receiving an outpouring of support online.

"I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation," he said.

And start it he did. With a few exceptions (Mike Wallace), the vast majority of reactions to Jason Collins' coming out have been positive.

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Check out some of the best celebrity Tweets in support of 34-year-old Collins, a 12-year NBA veteran and member of the Washington Wizards:

Kobe Bryant: Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU

The Rock: Being real & authentic is very powerful. Well done Jason Collins for having the courage to take a monumental step forward. #LiveReal

Russell Simmons: Proud of Washington Wizards' player Jason Collins for coming out. We will stand with you as you continue on your journey.

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