Jason Collins Becomes NBA’s First Openly Gay Player, Stars Send Congratulations
Jason Collins is officially the NBA’s first openly gay player.
History was made on Sunday when Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets (see photo right).
He’s made his debut during tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, becoming the first openly gay athlete in any of America’s four major professional sports.
Collins was a free agent last year when he announced he was gay in a Sports Illustrated cover story.
The basketball player previously played for the New Jersey Nets beginning with his professional debut in 2001, until getting traded in 2008.
As they did when he came out, a number of stars are taking to Twitter to send Collins their congratulations.
Check out the tweets and video below!
I know nothing about basketball but i know that I am very excited for @jasoncollins34! The Nets sure are lucky to have him.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) February 23, 2014
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) February 23, 2014
— Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) February 23, 2014
Congrats to my friend @jasoncollins34 on the Nets news!
— Justin Mikita (@JustinMikita) February 23, 2014
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) February 24, 2014