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That’s already the case in the WNBA, where Brittney Griner’s sexuality didn’t stop her from becoming the first pick of the Phoenix Mercury in this year’s draft. But while attitudes in society may be changing rapidly, there’s still a big difference in how gay female athletes are viewed as compared to gay male athletes.

That Jason Collins is a trailblazer is undeniable. That he is a man of great courage is undisputed.

But he waited until his season was over before announcing he was gay. He did it knowing there was a real possibility there would not be a job available and he wouldn’t be the gay player who finally broke down the locker room barrier.

He might not be. But you have to think there’s a team willing to take a chance on a player who has already taken a big chance himself.

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Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg