Jason Collins has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, making him the first openly gay athlete in the four major North American team sports leagues.
Collins was available to play for the Nets Sunday when they facd the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. The Nets decided to move on Collins when their first choice, free agent Glen Davis, chose to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.
"Jason told us that his goal was to earn another contract with an NBA team," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Today, I want to commend him on achieving his goal. I know everyone in the NBA family is excited for him and proud that our league fosters an inclusive and respectful environment."
A 12-year NBA veteran, Collins last played for the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics last season. The center has career averages of 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds. The 35-year-old Collins came out as gay last spring but failed to catch on with an NBA team for the current season. Collins played for the Nets between 2001 and 2008; his then-teammate Jason Kidd is now his head coach. Former Celtics and current Nets players Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have also played with Collins.
On February 10, Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam announced his was gay ahead of the upcoming NFL draft. If drafted, he could be the first openly gay player to play in the NFL.
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