Jason Collins Comes Out to Sports Illustrated. What Does it Mean to Us?
"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay." 12 words, three short sentences, but full of meaning and significance. When former Stanford basketball star and current NBA Washington Wizards player Jason Collins announced that he is gay by way of a Sports Illustrated cover on Monday, the sports world noticed. No active male player in any professional sport had ever revealed his homosexuality. Immediately, athletes like Kobe Bryant, WSF Founder Billie Jean King and Magic Johnson took to Twitter to offer their support. Even President Obama placed a phone call to Collins.