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Jason Collins to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, become the first openly gay active player in a major North American sport

Posted by David Zimmerman  February 23, 2014 01:14 PM

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Jason Collins will become the first openly gay active player in a major North American sports league later today according to several NBA league sources.

Collins, who played with the Boston Celtics for part of 2013, has not played since last year when he finished the season with the Washington Wizards. Following the season Collins came out as gay.

Once Collins signs what is expected to be a 10 day contract with the Brooklyn Nets (joining other former Celtics Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett) history will be made as it will mark the first time that a major pro sports team in the U.S. (counting the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball League, and the National Hockey League) will have an openly gay player on its roster.

Michael Sam, the Missouri football player who recently announced that he is gay, is expected to get drafted in the upcoming NFL draft and could be that leagues first openly gay player if he is able to make a final roster.

According to ESPN Collins worked out for the Nets last week.

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