Jason Collins #98 of the Boston Celtics takes a break in the game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on November 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
Photographer: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
NBA center Jason Collins became the first openly-gay male professional athlete after coming out in a first-person article to appear in the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated.
“I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay,” the article begins.
Collins, a 12-year NBA pro, has played for six NBA teams and spent time with the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics in 2012-13. He is now a free agent.
Of becoming the first active male professional athlete in a major American sports league, Collins writes, "If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. "Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand."
Collins has reached two NBA Finals during his career. His twin brother, Jarron, was a longtime NBA center.
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