Jason Collins signs contract with Brooklyn Nets, Feb 23, 2104
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.