Jason Collins, who finished this season with the Washington Wizards, has announced that he is gay. He has decided to come out through an article on SportsIllustrated, which I highly suggest you to read.
With this announcement, Collins is the first active admitted gay athlete in U.S. sports history. Here is a little snippet out of the article:
I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.
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. 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.
In his NBA career, Collins played for the New Jersey Nets, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards. This season he was traded from the Celtics to the Wizards, in a deal that landed Jordan Crawford in Boston.
It’s obviously a big step to take and Collins has received overwhelming support in social media. This is clearly a big step towards acceptance of homosexual athletes and people in general in the American society.