NBA center reveals he is gay

WASHINGTON — NBA center Jason Collins, who played for the Washington Wizards last season, has become the first male athlete still active in a major professional sport to come out as gay. Collins made his announcement to Sports Illustrated, which will feature Collins in this week’s issue.

Collins, who became a free agent when the regular season ended, says he decided to talk about his sexuality now because “it takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret. I’ve endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie. I was certain that my world would fall apart if anyone knew. And yet when I acknowledged my sexuality I felt whole for the first time. I still had the same sense of humor, I still had the same mannerisms and my friends still had my back.”

Collins, 34, who went to high school locally at Harvard-Westlake, also credits his former Stanford roommate for his decision to come out.

basketball“I realized I needed to go public when Joe Kennedy, my old roommate at Stanford and now a Massachusetts congressman, told me he had just marched in Boston’s 2012 Gay Pride Parade. I’m seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I was proud of him for participating but angry that as a closeted gay man I couldn’t even cheer my straight friend on as a spectator.”

From the LA Times

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4 comments

  • guest

    Why is it newsworthy that some basketball player wants to announce his sexual deviancy? Does anybody really care? Why is being a pervert becoming vogue? I'm scared for our future.

  • NAVYTOWN

    Of course his announcement will bring all the bigots out of the woodwork. It's amazing how members of a supposedly peaceful religion like Christianity always seem to find some group to hate. The Bible was used in the early 20th century to justify racial segregation, and in the 70s to justify opposing women's equal rights. Now it's gays' turn to be subject to hatred based on the Bible. How many Bible-quoters are themselves divorced and remarried? What does your Bible say about that???

    • guest

      your ignorance amazes me. It's not about hate, it's about right and wrong. The Bible teaches love the sinner not the sin. When Christians don't agree with something why are they accused of hate? Maybe it's the guilty conscience of those doing wrong. And what's this about the Bible being against equal rights for women? Are you referring to the killing of unborn children?

  • guest

    Navytown, you really are uninformed. "Bible quoters are themselves divorced and remarried". Christians are NOT perfect as some of you think they SHOULD be. They just have a set of moral values and a belief that Jesus died for their sins, so they are forgiven when they stumble along the way.