“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”
This is how NBA star Jason Collins, who this season played for the Celtics and Wizards and is now a free agent, opens the article he has written for the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated on why he is now coming out.
In the article, Collins discusses his fear of coming out and revealing his sexuality to others around him. “No one wants to live in fear,” he says. “I’ve always been scared of saying the wrong thing. I don’t sleep well. I never have. But each time I tell another person, I feel stronger and sleep a little more soundly.”
Collins is now focused on getting ready for his thirteenth season in the NBA, and bringing some acceptance of gays to professional sports
“Some people insist they’ve never met a gay person. But Three Degrees of Jason Collins dictates that no NBA player can claim that anymore. Pro basketball is a family. And pretty much every family I know has a brother, sister or cousin who’s gay. In the brotherhood of the NBA, I just happen to be the one who’s out.”