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Friday, July 12, 2013

¿WILL THE NBA'S FIRST OPENLY GAY PLAYER EVEN BE PLAYING NEXT SEASON?

Jason Collins may have made history this spring by becoming the first active NBA player in history to come out as gay but there is a question of whether he will even be active next season.

Collins, 34, had just completed the season playing for the Boston Celtics then the Washington Wizards when his story went public on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He was a free agent who had played in only 38 games the entire season.

'I look at it, honestly, like any other free agency in the past several years, where I know I have to stay patient,' Collins tells The New York Times.

'I know that at this point in my career, you remain hopeful that there’s a job and an opportunity waiting for you once teams start to fill out their rosters,' he says.

Collins has not been a starter for the last six years and has become accustomed to waiting until the late summer to find out the next season's assignment. Last year, Boston signed him on 31 July and in 2009, the Atlanta Hawks signed him to a one-year deal on 2 September.

'It won’t weigh on me,' Collins tells The Times. 'I’ve been blessed. I’ve played 12 years in this league. Not a lot of professional athletes, not a lot of basketball players, can say that they’ve played for over a decade.'


He adds: 'But at the same point, I still feel like, just like a lot of other professional athletes, that I still can contribute to a team and I still have something left to go out and prove.'

SOURCE: GAY NEWS STAR

4 comments:

  1. UNFORTUNATELY TEAMS WILL NOT SIGN HIM TO PREVENT THE MEDIA CIRCUS THAT WILL FOLLOW HIM..unfortunate but a reality.

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