Jason Collins

Jason Paul Collins (b. Dec. 2, 1978) is an American professional basketball center with the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). On April 29, 2013, Collins became the first gay athlete to come out while still an active player in one of the four North American major sports leagues.

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Jason Collins

Brooklyn Nets sign Jason Collins for remainder of the season

Saturday, March 15, 2014
NEW YORK -- Jason Collins has been signed for the rest of the season by the Brooklyn Nets. The NBA's first openly gay player had finished his second 10-day contract, which meant the Nets had to sign him for the remainder of the season if they wanted to keep him. [ Read more → ]

A year after anti-gay remarks, 49ers’ Chris Culliver continues LGBT outreach

Friday, March 7, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver is continuing his outreach to the LGBT community more than a year after his anti-gay remarks leading up to the Super Bowl. [ Read more → ]
Seth Wenig, APBrooklyn Nets Jason Collins speaks during a news conference before an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls at the Barclays Center, Monday, March 3, 2014, in New York. More than a week after becoming the league's first openly gay player, Collins will finally get to play a home game.

Jason Collins to get second 10-day deal to play for Brooklyn Nets

Monday, March 3, 2014
NEW YORK -- A person with knowledge of the situation says the Brooklyn Nets will sign Jason Collins to a second 10-day contract. [ Read more → ]

NBA donating proceeds of Jason Collins jersey sales to LGBT groups

Friday, February 28, 2014
NEW YORK -- The NBA plans to donate proceeds from sales of Jason Collins jerseys to the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. [ Read more → ]
From left: Dennis Shepard, Jason Collins, Judy Shepard, and Logan Shepard.

Jason Collins, who wears #98 in honor of their son, meets Matthew Shepard’s family

Friday, February 28, 2014
DENVER — Jason Collins had plenty of gifts for Matthew Shepard’s parents: a basket, a blowout, an autographed No. 98 jersey that he wears in honor of their son. They also shared some laughs. [ Read more → ]

Jason Collins’ #98 jersey honoring Matthew Shepard big seller at NBA store

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
NEW YORK — Jason Collins hasn't even worn his No. 98 jersey in a game yet, and already it's a big seller. [ Read more → ]
Mark J. Terrill, APBrooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, right, is congratulated by fans after they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. Brooklyn won 108-102.

Jason Collins finds a welcoming home in Brooklyn Nets locker room

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Jason Collins had already spent 12 years in the NBA by the time the world knew he was gay. He's a well-regarded Stanford graduate who just attended the State of the Union as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama and has made friends around the league — and particularly inside the Nets' organization. [ Read more → ]
Mark J. Terrill, APBrooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, left, battles for a loose ball with Los Angeles Lakers guard MarShon Brooks during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Collins breaks ground as first openly gay player in professional U.S. team sports

Sunday, February 23, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Jason Collins became the first openly gay active player in the National Basketball Association, breaking ground in major professional U.S. team sports as the country's growing acceptance of gay rights continues. [ Read more → ]
Jason Collins

Jason Collins signs with Brooklyn Nets, becomes 1st openly gay NBA player

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Jason Collins became the NBA's first active openly gay player Sunday, signing a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets. Collins will join the Nets for their game Sunday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers. [ Read more → ]
Jason Collins Kwaku Alston for Sports Illustrated

Jason Collins, Boston bomb survivors among guests at State of the Union

Monday, January 27, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins will be among the guests to sit with first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday when President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address on Tuesday. [ Read more → ]

Sports stars speak out against homophobia at UN Human Rights day

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
UNITED NATIONS -- Former professional basketball player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova on Tuesday urged world sports bodies like the International Olympic Committee and FIFA to take gay rights into consideration when awarding major sporting events. [ Read more → ]

National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame honors athletes

Thursday, August 1, 2013
CHICAGO — Dave Pallone, who was part of Chicago history when he umpired the first night game at Wrigley Field, is returning to Chicago to take part in another chapter of American sports history: His inclusion in the inaugural class of what organizers say is the first-of-its-kind National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. [ Read more → ]

Jason Collins joins U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III in Boston gay pride parade

Saturday, June 8, 2013
BOSTON — NBA veteran Jason Collins marched in Boston's gay pride parade on Saturday with Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III, his onetime roommate at Stanford University. [ Read more → ]

DNC: Jason Collins, Michelle Obama to headline annual LGBT fundraiser

Monday, May 6, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee says NBA veteran Jason Collins will headline its annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender gala. [ Read more → ]
Jason Collins Kwaku Alston for Sports Illustrated

Gay athletes and celebrities who ‘come out’ – Are they heroes?

Saturday, May 4, 2013
Do you consider Jason Collins a hero for coming out as the first professional gay male athlete? What about Ellen DeGeneres or Anderson Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris or Rachel Maddow? Are they heros? First, let’s be clear on the definition of the word hero. Dictionary.com defines the word hero as such: "a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities." [ Read more → ]

Jason Collins opens up to Oprah on coming out, stigmas, family acceptance

Saturday, May 4, 2013
Oprah Winfrey sat down with the Jason Collins and his family for a candid discussion about the NBA's player's announcement this week that he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Mike Huckabee

A gay dad’s challenge to ‘anti-gay rhetoric hoop shooter, Mike Huckabee’

Saturday, May 4, 2013
I have a confession to make. As much as I loathe clichés and generalizations, there is one that I live up to with incredible gusto. I typify the gay guy who doesn’t do sports. Not even a little bit. From the pains of never getting picked for teams in PE to the days of racking up huge Trivial Pursuit momentum only to be demolished by the final Orange pie question (for those too young for the original Trivial Pursuit, that was the “sports” category), I am the ultimate sports nerd... [ Read more → ]
Jason Collins

Sales of #98 jerseys surge following Jason Collins’ coming out

Thursday, May 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards said Wednesday that the team's online store has had a significant surge in sales of jerseys with Jason Collins' number 98 since the NBA player came out as gay earlier this week. [ Read more → ]
Tony Kornheiser

Radio host: ESPN issued guidance on gay terms following Collins’ coming out

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
ESPN Radio talk show host Tony Kornheiser on Tuesday said the sports network issued guidelines to its employees for discussing gay athletes following NBA player Jason Collins’ announcement Monday that he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Leroy Butler

Wis. church cancels ex-Packer’s speech over congrats tweet to Jason Collins

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler says he was uninvited from delivering a speech at a Wisconsin church this week because he tweeted favorably about NBA player Jason Collins coming out as gay. [ Read more → ]
Chris Broussard

ESPN regrets ‘distraction’ caused by reporter’s anti-gay remarks

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
NEW YORK -- ESPN says that it regrets the "distraction" caused by one of its reporters who described Jason Collins as a sinner after the NBA center publicly revealed that he was gay. [ Read more → ]
Matthew Shepard

Matthew Shepard’s mother touched by Jason Collins’ tribute

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The mother of a gay University of Wyoming student who was robbed and beaten to death in 1998 says she finds it touching that NBA veteran Jason Collins honored her son by wearing jersey No. 98. [ Read more → ]

Bryan Fischer: Gay NBA player will be ‘eyeballing’ teammates in the showers

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer is joining other anti-gay activists in attacking Jason Collins, the NBA player who on Monday came out as gay. [ Read more → ]

Jason Collins: A ‘huge weight has been lifted’ by coming out (Video)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Washington Wizards center Jason Collins said a "huge weight has been lifted" from his shoulders after becoming the first athlete in a major U.S. team sport to come out as gay, and that he hopes other gay athletes "raise their hand" and follow his lead. [ Read more → ]

U.S. men’s professional sports finally joins gay rights trend

Monday, April 29, 2013
NEW YORK — Jason Collins, who came out Monday as gay while still an active NBA player, broke one of the last remaining barriers in North America for gays and lesbians in era of constant political gains and ever-growing public acceptance. [ Read more → ]
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