Jason Collins, the first openly gay professional athlete to compete in any of the four major North American team sports leagues , announced Wednesday in a first-person article for Sports Illustrated that he is retiring from the NBA. The 7-foot center, who publicly announced in April that he is gay , signed with the Brooklyn Nets in February of last season, playing in 22 games. Selected by the Houston Rockets in the draft and traded to the then-New Jersey Nets , Collins will finish his year career with averages of 3. The year-old Collins disclosed his plans in a first-person story for Sports Illustrated. It's the same forum he used in April, , to publicly reveal his sexuality.
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February 24, He signed a day contract, one of the toughest deals in sports because it gives non-superstars almost no time to impress their coaches and teammates in hopes of sticking around. With this group, Collins did that long ago: The Nets locker room is filled with former teammates who have already accepted the league's first openly gay player and his on-court habits, which are the ones that matter most to them. It's like, OK, he's not going to magically have a inch vertical leap and shoot 3s," Collins said.
Jason Collins Returns To Nets As First Openly Gay NBA Player
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NBA center Jason Collins on Monday announced that he's gay in a story for Sports Illustrated , becoming the first active player in one of the four major American professional team sports to announce that he is gay. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation," Collins wrote. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand. Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue," Stern said in a statement. The NBPA is dedicated to fighting for the best interests of and uniting all players regardless of race, creed, color, age, national origin, or sexual orientation.