UPDATE: Jason Collins becomes first active, openly gay player in NBA

Center signs 10-day contract with Nets

Jason Collins has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets to become the first active, openly gay player in NBA history.

The 35-year-old center will join the Nets for their game Sunday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers.

Collins revealed that he is gay last April, but he was a free agent and has remained unsigned since.

Nets general manager Billy King says that "the decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision."

Collins has played 12 NBA seasons, including his first seven with the Nets, when they were in New Jersey and Jason Kidd was their point guard. Kidd is now the Nets' coach and Collins has been a teammate of several other current Nets.

Earlier this month, college football player Michael Sam came out publicly as gay. The SEC defensive player of the year is taking part in the NFL draft combine. Sam's on-field workouts in Indianapolis start Monday.

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  1. john posted on 02/24/2014 02:07 PM
    who cares ? why is this news ? why should i care ?
  2. Will posted on 02/25/2014 11:06 AM
    I'm with John. I don't care what his sexual preference is (Jason Collins, I mean), what I care about as a sports fan is, does he get results on the court?

    Unfortunately, the answer to that question might be "not too good", since he's being hired for a ten DAY contract. (Yes, that's ten days, not years)

    I hate to be cynical, but it looks as if the Nets are just looking for publicity here. If this was about adding talent to the team, they'd have signed him for more than just ten DAYS. And did I mention, his contract is just ten DAYS??
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