Jason Collins: NBA center is 1st active male pro to come out

Jason Collins: NBA center is 1st active male pro athlete to come out as gay

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Jason Collins comes out in the May 6, 2013, issue of Sports Illustrated. (Photo courtesy of SI.com) Jason Collins comes out in the May 6, 2013, issue of Sports Illustrated. (Photo courtesy of SI.com)

NBA veteran center Jason Collins has become the first male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay.

Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday on Sports Illustrated's website. Collins, 34, has played for six NBA teams in 12 seasons. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. He says he wants to continue playing.

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