Jason Collins Signs With Brooklyn; Becomes NBA’s First Openly Gay Player

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The Nets worked out Collins during the All-Star break and met with him again Sunday, with his twin brother, Jarron, hinting that history would be made.

“Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday. Today should be a pretty cool day!” Jarron Collins wrote on Twitter. The news on Collins comes as Michael Sam, the SEC defensive player of the year from Missouri who recently revealed he is gay, is taking part in the NFL draft combine.

Sam’s on-field workouts in Indianapolis are scheduled for Monday. Jason Collins played 38 games last season with Boston and Washington and averaged 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in limited minutes. For his career, the 7-foot Collins averages 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds.

His announcement last spring was followed by numerous NBA players insisting he would be welcomed in the locker room. Collins has played for five other teams and is well respected inside and outside the league — he attended the State of the Union as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama.

“I just know Jason as a person and as a player. That’s what I’m happy about. He has earned it. He’s a great guy. It’s good for the league. The important thing is to judge him as a person and a basketball player,” Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I know people who have coached him, and I know how highly thought of he is.”

The Nets had an opening for a big man after trading Reggie Evans along with Jason Terry to Sacramento on Wednesday for guard Marcus Thornton. King said Thursday that Collins would be among the players they would look at, insisting they wouldn’t be concerned about any extra attention the signing of Collins would provide.

“We’re going to bring in a basketball player,” King said. “It’s not about marketing or anything like that.”

The Nets posted a photo on their Twitter account of Kidd watching Collins sign his contract, encouraging followers to retweet it to welcome Collins to Brooklyn. Collins is tied for third in Nets history with 510 games played, and also ranks in their top 10 in minutes played, and offensive rebounds and total rebounds.

A limited offensive player, the Nets hope he still provides a presence defensively and on the boards.

“I know Jason Collins is a competitor. One thing I know about him is he fouls very hard,” Miami’s Dwyane Wade said with a laugh. “He’s one of those tough veterans. I’m sure he’s happy to be back playing in the league. Welcome back.”

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5 thoughts on “Jason Collins Signs With Brooklyn; Becomes NBA’s First Openly Gay Player

  1. Follow the money and the those behind the marketing… This is goes beyond someone being an openly gay player… It’s too bad to so many in America are not seeing this because they are so stuck on one piece of the puzzle.

  2. The operative word here is “openly” gay. The NBA already has other gays as well (this guy played 12 seasons & was gay then). In fact, gays reside in nearly ALL walks of life. Gays in NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, etc. There are gay boxers (such as Orlando Cruz & others). Gays certainly dwell within Corporate America (often at the higher realms of authority). ALL of the BGLO frats/sororities have gay members (though in minuscule numbers). NO EXCEPTIONS. It’s so phony how “some” folk get all giddy at learning of some “gay” person being in any particular organization……….when ALL have such members. That has more to do with personal “envy” of that frat. A mere “cheap shot” at greatness. Gay athlethes are nothing new, we as a society are just catching up to that reality.

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