First Word: The NBA reacts to Jason Collins, its first openly gay player

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Jason Collins of the Boston Celtics takes a break in the game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on November 15, 2012 in New York City.
Jason Collins of the Boston Celtics takes a break in the game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on November 15, 2012 in New York City.
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“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” wrote Jason Collins in an editorial for Sports Illustrated Monday. The NBA center who most recently played for the Washington Wizards but was previously with the Boston Celtics became the first male athlete actively playing in a major American sport to come out as openly gay. Collins continued, “I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation.”

First Word: The NBA reacts to Jason Collins, its first openly gay player

Updated