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Who is Jason Collins?

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," Jason Collins wrote in a Monday column for <i>Sports Illustrated</i>. That's pretty distinct in itself, enough to be the only active player in any of the four major American pro sports leagues to come out.<p>But who is Jason Collins beyond that series of …

Brennan: Just call Jason Collins a team player

History was made Monday morning when the first active male athlete in a major U.S. team sport announced that he is gay. He's Washington Wizards center Jason Collins. He stands 7 feet tall, weighs 255 pounds, has started almost 500 NBA games and is known as a durable, strong, physical, team-oriented …

Nike's Jason Collins Sponsorship Is Exactly What Nike Wanted

NBA player Jason Collins became the first male athlete in a major professional sports to come out as gay on Monday, and immediately speculation ramped up about potential endorsement deals.<p>Well, it turns out that Collins already has one important deal in the bag. He is signed to Nike, and this is …

Mike Wallace Reacts To Jason Collins Coming Out As Gay, Tweets 'I Just Don't Understand It'

The list of professional athletes expressing their support for Jason Collins' decision to come out as gay included Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Mardy Fish and Chris Kluwe.<p>Mike Wallace is not on that list.<p>Unlike some of his more enlightened peers who offered encouragement and applauded Collins, the …

Jason Collins and Online Hate Speech

I -- like many others -- am incredibly happy that Jason Collins became the first openly gay major league athlete today. Collins is a hero, and he struck a major blow for human rights. Kudos as well to <i>Sports Illustrated</i> for a beautifully written, history-making article.<p>There's only one gray lining …

Jason Collins -- Why His Coming Out Matters

As soon as I read the news that NBA star Jason Collins had come out as gay, I found myself preparing for the torrent of comments that will no doubt swamp message boards and social networking sites across the globe in the coming hours, days and weeks. Whenever a public figure or someone in a …

Obama Calls Jason Collins, 'Impressed By His Courage' In Coming Out

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama called Jason Collins on Monday to express his gratitude after the NBA player publicly announced that he is gay, two sources familiar with the call told The Huffington Post.<p>A White House official confirmed the call, saying that the president wanted to "express …

Jason Collins' LA Childhood Was The Beginning Of His Journey To Self-Acceptance

NBA center Jason Collins has become America's first male athlete in a major professional sport to come out as gay. In a personal essay for Sports Illustrated published Monday, the NBA free agent goes into detail about his happy childhood in Los Angeles and the role his hometown continues to play in …

Jason Collins May Get Big Endorsement Deals

Before Jason Collins came out as the first male gay athlete in a major U.S. sport, only devoted basketball fans and the loyal followers of the Washington Wizards knew much about the backup center.<p>Now Collins is the talk of the nation, and it’s already evident that he’s going to be of some value to …

Tim Brando: Jason Collins Is Not A Hero For Coming Out (TWEETS)

According to Tim Brando's dictionary, Jason Collins is not a hero.<p>With Collins' decision to come out and his eloquent editorial for Sports Illustrated dominating conversation in the sports world on Monday, the CBS play-by-play announcer and radio host ranted on Twitter about the "hero worship" …

Jason Collins Twitter Reaction: NBA Player Thanks Supporters After Coming Out (TWEETS)

After Jason Collins came out in a poignant essay in Sports Illustrated, the 12-year NBA veteran received support on Twitter from Bill Clinton, Kobe Bryant and a multitude of others. Several hours later, Collins shared his own social media message.<p>Before his piece in SI was released late Monday …

Jason Collins Deserves Respect For Coming Out As Gay, But May Face Adversity From Fellow NBA Players

The NBA fraternity is a very small brotherhood, and when Jason Collins had the remarkable courage to come out as a gay man Monday, he elicited widespread support. Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade weighed in. Even President Barack Obama offered his support.<p>Vin Baker no longer plays in the NBA, but as a …

Jason Collins Sought Advice From Lance Bass Before Coming Out As Gay

Jason Collins' coming out has already been praised as a turning point for the gay community. As it turns out, the 11-year NBA veteran sought help from a high-profile celebrity friend immediately after discussing his sexuality in the new issue of Sports Illustrated.<p>On the April 29 edition of his …

Jason Collins Is a Hero

In the upcoming issue of <i>Sports Illustrated</i>, Jason Collins, who played with the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards this season, openly states that he his gay. As the first active male athlete in a major American team sport to announce that he is gay, Collins has done far more than confirm his …

Why Jason Collins Coming Out Matters: A Reflection From His Classmate

Jason Collins galvanized the college sports world when he and his brother made Stanford a PAC-10 Powerhouse. I was one of the thousands of Stanford students cheering him on. Now in 2013, he has galvanized the world again with his coming out as gay.<p>This announcement, to quote Joe Biden, is a "big …

Will Jason Collins Find His Branch Rickey?

WASHINGTON -- The gay community has its Jackie Robinson. It now needs its Branch Rickey.<p>NBA player Jason Collins took the sports world by surprise when he came out publicly on Monday, becoming the first openly gay athlete ever in U.S. major professional sports.<p>"I didn't set out to be the first …

Jason Collins becomes first openly gay player in major US sports NBA player explains decision: http://gu.com/p/3ffcf Reaction for other players: http://gu.com/p/3ffh3 Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty

Why Jason Collins matters

So it finally happened. After years of speculation and discussion, NBA center Jason Collins came out on Monday, becoming the first active, openly gay …

Jason Collins on coming out: 'Hopefully I can be someone's role model'

Basketballer Jason Collins said on Tuesday he hoped he could be a role model for young people after coming out as the first openly gay player in one …