After he came out in AprilJason Collins became the first openly gay athlete active in any of the four recognized major North American professional team sports leagues. In a pair of first-person essays published Wednesday by Sports Illustrated and The Players' Tribune announcing his retirement, Collins reflected on his own experiences as an LGBT pioneer and also addressed the concerns of other gay athletes who have yet to come out. For Sports IllustratedCollins wrote:.
Collins played four years of basketball at Stanford and was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the 18th pick of the NBA draft. He's played for six teams over his year career, scoring over 2, points and grabbing over 2, rebounds. Go read it all —but here's a part that, just, well:.
Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Jason Collins' NBA career — Jason Collins, who played with the NBA's Washington Wizards this season, has disclosed that he is gay, making him the first active openly homosexual athlete in the four major American pro team sports.
Reuters - Jason Collins made history in when he became the first openly gay athlete in one of the four major North American professional sports leagues and the former NBA player wishes more men would follow the trail he helped blaze. A growing number of high-profile Olympic athletes have come out in recent years but Collins said that while the NBA is ready for more openly gay players the tide has simply not turned when it comes to male professional team sports in the United States. After making the courageous decision in May to come out late in his season National Basketball Association career, Collins signed with Brooklyn the following February and played 22 games in a backup role before retiring later that year.
The year-old, a free agent who has played with the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics this past season, tells Sports Illustrated :. 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.
Jason Collins knew the exact moment when everything in his life was going to change. Collins had spent the weekend calling friends and letting them know what was about to happen. One of those calls was to his Stanford classmate, Chelsea Clinton.
The NBA's Jason Collins officially came out yesterday as the nation's first gay, active professional athlete. The California native, who played for both the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards last season, gave an exclusive interview this morning with ABC's George Stephanopoulos to discuss his brave decision and what he hopes his announcement will accomplish in the sports world. Collins told Stephanopoulos he never had any intention of being the first openly gay athlete; he was waiting for someone else to raise his hand so that he could've followed that person's lead.
Sure, there aren't as many LGBT folks as there are straight folks, but you still have to keep in mind that 10 million Americans, which is four percent of the population, identify as LGBT. The LGBT rights movements began to support bisexuals inwhich caused an uproar among some folks, but it is what it is. It's fairly important for LGBT people to come out of the closet. They won't be accepted by everybody, but they'll at least get a heavy load off of their chest.
Brooklyn won, Update p. In a news conference before the Nets-Lakers game, Jason Collins tried to keep the focus on basketball as he was barraged with questions about the significance of his being the first openly gay athlete to play on a major US sports team.