NFLers come out in support of Jason Collins

NBA basketball player Jason Collins (L), the first openly gay active athlete on a major U.S....

NBA basketball player Jason Collins (L), the first openly gay active athlete on a major U.S. professional sports team, sits for an interview with ABC News. (REUTERS)

DION CAPUTI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:17 PM ET

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay.”

Veteran NBA centre Jason Collins made history on Monday, becoming the first active male pro athlete in one of the four major U.S. sports leagues to reveal he is gay.

Collins made the announcement in a first-person letter posted on Sports Illustrated’s website.

"I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport,” said Collins’ in the letter, “but since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation.”


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