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NBA Center Collins Comes Out As Gay

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    April 3, 2014 | 1:53 pm
    NEW YORK (AP) NBA veteran center Jason Collins has become the first active male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay.

    Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday on Sports Illustrated's website. The 34-year-old Collins has played for six NBA teams in 12 seasons. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. He says he wants to continue playing.

    Collins writes: "If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand."

    Collins played in a Final Four for Stanford and reached two NBA Finals. His twin brother, Jarron, was also a longtime NBA center. Jason says he came out to his brother last summer.