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Welts is the president of the Golden State Warriors, and is gay. And a short while before the news broke Monday that Collins would become the first active player from one of the four U.S. major pro sports leagues to come out, someone called Welts to give him a heads-up about the pending announcement.
Small problem: Welts was driving, and not using a hands-free device that California law dictates. He got pulled over but, Welts said, was let out of the costly ticket after telling his story to the California Highway Patrol officer.
Collins was thanked and applauded by virtually all sides of the sports world Monday when the first-person account of his life was published by Sports Illustrated.
Support freely flowed Collins‘ way, mainly through social media, with players from all four major sports reaching out to offer congratulations, support or both. Even the entertainment world reacted, with actor Neil Patrick Harris, who came out in 2006, thanking Collins.
“Thanks for stepping up. For standing tall. And at 7 feet, that’s saying a lot,” Harris wrote.
Collins will be a free agent this summer. However, after averaging a mere 1.1 points in 38 games for the Celtics and Washington Wizards this season _ and after scoring 10 points just one time since Jan. 2, 2008 _ it remains to be seen what sort of interest the 34-year-old center will generate from clubs.
“Whether he is straight, gay, black, white, from Earth, or from Mars is immaterial. Just help us win,” Battier said.
They had no idea he was gay.
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