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Jason Collins comes out as NBA's first active gay player

Twelve-year NBA veteran Jason Collins is the first active athlete in the four major American sports leagues to announce that he is gay. He revealed the news in a Sports Illustrated cover story.

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Nets interested in signing Jason Collins

Jason Collins became the first active NBA player to be openly gay in April, but there was uncertainty whether he'd be signed as an aging free agent. The Brooklyn Nets, helmed by ex-teammate Jason Kidd, apparently want to do just that.

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"That pastor was talking to me like I was the devil."

Former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler talks to Outsports about being fired from a church speaking gig for supporting a gay athlete.

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Giving credit where it's due

Tim Brando and Chris Broussard spoke out after Jason Collins came out on Monday. Spencer Hall gives out credit where it's due.

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Chris Broussard releases statement

ESPN NBA reporter Chris Broussard made controversial comments on the Jason Collins announcement on the network's Outside The Lines on Monday. Late Monday, he addressed those comments.

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Collins gets call of support from President Obama

President Barack Obama was among those to reach out to Jason Collins with words of support after he became the first-ever active pro athlete from a major sports league to come out as gay.

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Jason Collins' bold statement

Jason Collins' coming out has made a profound statement on the league. So far, most are publicly supporting his cause. Hopefully that continues.

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Bill Clinton supports Jason Collins

I have known Jason Collins since he was Chelsea's classmate and friend at Stanford. Jason's announcement today is an important moment for professional sports and in the history of the LGBT community. It is also the straightforward statement of a good man who wants no more than what so many of us seek: to be able to be who we are; to do our work; to build families and to contribute to our communities. For so many members of the LGBT community, these simple goals remain elusive. I hope that everyone, particularly Jason's colleagues in the NBA, the media and his many fans extend to him their support and the respect he has earned.

Clinton Foundation. Chelsea Clinton also tweeted a statement of support.
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Outsports' Cyd Zeigler on Jason Collins

We knew this day would come. We didn't know if it would be this week or next year. But now that it has, I get the feeling that, unlike David Kopay 40 years ago, this may open the door to many more in the near future when everyone sees it worked out just fine for Collins. He did it in the perfect way: In his own words. The column he wrote was strong, and it sends a clear message: I'm OK with who I am.

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Many stand behind Collins' coming out

When NBA player Jason Collins publicly came out in an article published by Sports Illustrated, it was a monumental moment in pro sports. But he's already receiving a bevy of support.

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Jason Collins reveals he's gay

Twelve-year veteran Jason Collins is the first active NBA player to announce that he is gay, revealing the news in a Sports Illustrated exclusive.

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