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In what may qualify as the overstatement of the year, NBA journeyman center Jason Collins has been dubbed "our generation's version of Jackie Robinson," merely for outing himself Monday as the first openly homosexual player in any of the four leading major league team sports.
Jason Collins has been compared to Jackie Robinson. And Neil Armstrong.
Let's get a couple of things straight about three culture-related stories that broke this week, datelined Washington, D.C.
The coming-out part is over. Now Jason Collins needs a job.
Jason Collins came out, got widely congratulated for his courage, and the games went on.
Now that Jason Collins has made history as the first active player in any of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay, the 7-foot center is facing another big step.
The coming-out part is over.
President Obama said he's "proud" of Jason Collins, the NBA player who disclosed that he's gay this week, and said he called him to tell him so.
The mother of a gay University of Wyoming student who was robbed and beaten to death in 1998 says she finds it touching that NBA veteran Jason Collins honored her son by wearing jersey No. 98.
Last summer, NBA veteran Jason Collins considered joining an old Stanford college roommate, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, at Boston's gay pride parade.
With the simplest of sentences, NBA veteran Jason Collins set aside years of worry and silence to become the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay.
It says something, nearly all of it good, that on the day a male athlete in one of the major American pro sports came out as gay, the reaction from the NBA, fellow ballplayers and fans was almost uniformly positive.
Jason Collins, an NBA center who ended this season with the Washington Wizards, says he's gay, becoming the first openly gay athlete playing in one of the leagues considered to be the "Big Four" of major North American professional sports.
NBA veteran Jason Collins became the first active male player in the four major American professional sports to come out as gay.
Jason Collins nearly got Rick Welts into $200 worth of trouble.