Jason Collins comes out as gay, becoming 1st openly gay male athlete in pro sports

Posted at 11:58 AM, Apr 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-29 12:11:14-04

jason collins gayNBA center Jason Collins has come out as gay, becoming the first active male athlete in a major professional sport to do so.

In a bombshell interview with Sports Illustrated, the 34-year-old comes clean about his sexuality,  saying he was growing tired, “tired of telling lies and half-truths.”

Collins, who becomes a free agent this summer, last appeared with the Celtics playing 32 games this season before being traded.

Collins once played for the New Jersey Nets.  He’s played for six teams during his 12-year NBA career.

The interview appears in the May 6, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated.