Courtesy of NBC Sports
Journeyman NBA center Jason Collins has come out as gay, the first active professional major team sport athlete to do so.
He wrote an article for Sports Illustrated (that hits newsstands May 6) and came out on his terms in his own words.
Iâ€™m a 34-year-old NBA center. Iâ€™m black. And Iâ€™m gay.
I didnâ€™t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, Iâ€™m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasnâ€™t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, â€œIâ€™m different.â€ If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why Iâ€™m raising my handâ€¦.
Now Iâ€™m a free agent, literally and figuratively. Iâ€™ve reached that enviable state in life in which I can do pretty much what I want. And what I want is to continue to play basketball. I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful.