Jason Collins

(b. 1978)

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Jason Paul Collins (b. 1978) is a retired American professional basketball player who played 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Front and back of a basketball jersey worn by Jason Collins.

Front and back of a basketball jersey for the Brooklyn Nets worn by Jason Collins, signed by teammates, 2014. 

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Gift of Jason Collins

Jason Collins played college basketball as a center for Stanford University where he was an NCAA All-American for the 2000–01 season. He was selected by the Houston Rockets as the 18th overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft. Collins spent his career with various NBA teams including the New Jersey Nets, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards, and Brooklyn Nets. After the 2012–2013 season concluded, Collins came out publicly as a gay man in a feature article for Sports Illustrated magazine. He became a free agent and did not play again until February 2014, when he signed with the Nets and became the first openly gay athlete to play in any of the four major North American pro sports leagues. Considered a “game-changer” for his admission, he was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2014.

 

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