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Openly Gay NBA Star Jason Collins Signed by Brooklyn Nets

Jason Collins made history today by becoming the first openly gay player to be signed by an NBA team.   Sources close to the situation tell USA Today they expect him to be in uniform against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

Collins, a center, finished last season with the Washington Wizards, and has also played for the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, Atlanta Hawks, and Memphis Grizzlies. He made his coming out announcement in an interview with Sports Illustrated

Earlier today Collins' twin brother Jarron hinted at the news, tweeting:

"Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday. Today should be a pretty cool day!"

Last month Jason and his brother Jarron dropped by the Human Rights Campaign’s office to say hello to HRC President Chad Griffin and staff.  That evening he would join First Lady Michelle Obama, Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett for President Barak Obama’s fifth State of the Union Address.

Join us in congratulating Jason and the Brooklyn Nets.  We’re looking forward to seeing great things from Collins on the court!

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