NBA Center Collins Comes Out As Gay

Orlando Magic center Kelvin Cato, protects the ball from New Jersey Nets' Jason Collins, right, Saturday night, March 5, 2005 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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By Grant Burkhardt

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.

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