First Openly Gay NBA Player Announces Retirement

Jason Collins, the first openly gay professional athlete to compete in any of the four major North American team sports leagues, announced Wednesday in a first-person article for Sports Illustrated that he is retiring from the NBA.

“It feels wonderful to have been part of these milestones for sports and for gay rights, and to have been embraced by the public, the coaches, the players, the league and history,” Collins wrote. “It had been argued that no team would want to take on a player who was likely to attract a media circus from the outset and whose sexuality would be a distraction. I’m happy to have helped put those canards to rest.”

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