Apr 29, 2013
NBA’s Jason Collins Comes Out As Gay

USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2013/04/29/jason-collins-gay-athlete/2121127/

Jason Collins, a 12-year NBA veteran, is the first active male athlete in a major American team sport to come out as gay.

Collins made the announcement in a first-person essay for Sports Illustrated that appeared online Monday.

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay, Collins wrote in the first paragraph of the story that will run in the May 6 issue. It is co-written with Franz Lidz.

I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different, ‘ ” Collins wrote. “If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”

Collins is a free agent who finished this past season with the Washington Wizards. He wants to continue his career.

“When I was younger I dated women, Collins wrote. I even got engaged. I thought I had to live a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her. I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue.”

Jarron Collins, Jason’s twin, also wrote a first-person piece for SI in which he said his brother told him last summer: “I won’t lie. I had no idea. We talked, he answered my questions, I hugged him and I digested what he had told me. At the end of the day, this is what matters: He’s my brother, he’s a great guy, and I want him to be happy. I’ll love him and I’ll support him and, if necessary, I’ll protect him.”

NBA’s Jason Collins Comes Out As Gay

USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2013/04/29/jason-collins-gay-athlete/2121127/

Jason Collins, a 12-year NBA veteran, is the first active male athlete in a major American team sport to come out as gay.

Collins made the announcement in a first-person essay for Sports Illustrated that appeared online Monday.

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay, Collins wrote in the first paragraph of the story that will run in the May 6 issue. It is co-written with Franz Lidz.

I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different, ‘ ” Collins wrote. “If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”

Collins is a free agent who finished this past season with the Washington Wizards. He wants to continue his career.

“When I was younger I dated women, Collins wrote. I even got engaged. I thought I had to live a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her. I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue.”

Jarron Collins, Jason’s twin, also wrote a first-person piece for SI in which he said his brother told him last summer: “I won’t lie. I had no idea. We talked, he answered my questions, I hugged him and I digested what he had told me. At the end of the day, this is what matters: He’s my brother, he’s a great guy, and I want him to be happy. I’ll love him and I’ll support him and, if necessary, I’ll protect him.”






75 Applewood Dr. Ste. A
P.O. Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345
616.887.9008
Interested in the print edition of Coach & Athletic Director?

Subscribe Today »

website development by deyo designs