Jason Collins

Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

It Will Take 'Time, Tolerance' For Openly-Gay Players To Transition In Pro Sports

The photos show Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, left, and Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins.
AP Photo

The issue of openly-gay athletes is being discussed in both the NBA and the NFL right now.

Veteran NBA player Jason Collins has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, nearly a year after announcing he was gay. And NFL draft hopeful Michael Sam finished participating in the annual scouting combine this week after recently coming out.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it’s going to take time, tolerance and acceptance from both sides of the issue for the transition to happen.

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Gay athletes in professional sports
9:16 am
Mon April 29, 2013

NBA veteran Jason Collins comes out as gay

ashington Wizards center Jason Collins, right, battles for a rebound against Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
Nam Y. Huh Associated Press

NBA veteran center Jason Collins has become the first active male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay.

Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday on Sports Illustrated's website. The 34-year-old Collins has played for six NBA teams in 12 seasons. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. He says he wants to continue playing.

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