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The Brooklyn Nets are giving strong consideration to signing Jason Collins to a day contract that would position the free-agent center to become the NBA's first active openly gay player, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Sources told ESPN. Nets general manager Billy King acknowledged the workout in an evening conference call with local reporters after the passing of the trade deadline but said he did not attend it in person. When asked to share the feedback he received on Collins, King said: "He's in shape.

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By Tim Bontemps. But if you listened to Collins and the Nets, this was strictly about a year-old veteran trying to stick in the league one more time. Every guy in here goes their own way, does their own things, and so be it. While Collins tried to make it about basketball, he understood the moment was a lot bigger than the usual veteran day contract, after he publicly came out in an article in Sports Illustrated last spring, then spent the last 10 months working out in the hopes of this day finally arriving. I can just be my normal self. It was just really overall positive. Collins entered the game for the first time with remaining in the second quarter, receiving a polite round of applause from the crowd, and immediately set a bone-crushing screen on Lakers guard Jordan Farmar.

Sources: Nets Eye Jason Collins

The signing represents a significant step toward transforming North American professional sports into a more welcoming environment for gay athletes. Until Sunday night, no N. The N. Collins said he had little time to process it all. He awoke Sunday morning to text messages from his agent and Nets Coach Jason Kidd alerting him to the move, and hours later he was signing his contract.
Collins wears the number 98 in tribute to the student who was murdered in Wyoming 16 years ago. One of the most notorious antigay hate crimes occurred in Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student, was kidnapped, tortured and lashed to a prairie fence. He died five days after he was finally found. Without a contract at the start of the current NBA season, Collins signed a day with the Nets last week and returned to the court on Sunday.
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