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Jason Collins, First Openly Gay NBA Player, Signs With the Nets

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Jason Collins, a 35-year-old free agent, signed a 10-day contract Sunday with the Brooklyn Nets, which makes him the first openly gay athlete in one of America’s four major sports leagues.


Jason Collins, a 7-foot free agent center, played 38 games last season for the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards. (Credit: Bruce Bennett /Getty Images/LA Times/Nov. 15, 2012)

The 7-foot center, who came out after playing last season with the Boston Celtics, is a 12-year veteran primarily known for his defense and rebounding.

He had not previously been signed by any team this season.

ESPN first reported that Collins was expected to sign Sunday and possibly play in the evening at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Associated Press reported earlier this week that Collins worked out for the Nets and the two sides were in discussions on a contract Sunday.

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