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Jason Collins to sign with Nets – to officially become NBA’s first active openly gay player

Happy Sunday everyone!

Sorry for the absence of the usual Sunday features – they will return next week!

But I will have some posts for you later this afternoon.

Had to jump on real quick to post this terrific news about Jason Collins officially making history this weekend.

The Brooklyn Nets are expected to sign Jason to a 10-day contract today which would make him the first openly gay player in NBA history.

According to a report from ESPN, Jason is expected to be signed and in uniform for tonight’s game against the Lakers in Los Angeles,.

He hasn’t played in an NBA game since April 2013 with the Washington Wizards. It was the next month that he came out as a gay man on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Jason was a free agent and it was disappointing that no team invited him to training camp after that. But he kept working out in LA with the hopes of getting a call.

Athlete Ally, a non-profit group that works closely with the NBA and other pro sports leagues on LGBT inclusion, applauded the Nets’ decision in a statement issued Sunday.

“Today, Jason Collins tore open the last remaining closet in America, and became the first openly gay player to be signed by a team in one of the big four sports. We are especially excited that Jason will be playing in Brooklyn, just like Jackie Robinson, and in a marriage equality state. This is a piece of history, an important point on the continuum toward justice and a moment to celebrate,” said Brian Ellner, a member of the Athlete Ally board of directors.

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4 Remarks

  1. Very happy for Jason but as someone who doesn’t follow basketball, why only a 10 day contract?

  2. Forget that fact that he’s gay. He just a Great player!! Good for the Nets!!

  3. I have a new team. Bravo.

  4. This 10-day contract smells of racial tokenism.

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