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Former Boston Celtics center, Jason Collins, told SI.com today that he was gay. The veteran center kept it simple saying, "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay." 

Collins' confession makes for groundbreaking news due to the fact that he is the first athlete in a Major American Team Sport to admit to being gay. Collins also told SI that he didn't plan on being the first to come out but he figured since nobody else was stepping forward, he would be the one brave enough to do so. This was a decision that he had been contemplating since 2011. 

With the news of Collins' homosexuality, one can only assume that there will be somewhat of a domino effect going forward. Other gay athletes may feel comfortable coming out now since Jason Collins has already broken ground. 

Unfortunately, this won't be the easiest of things to deal with. People are so quick to judge another person based on their sexuality, especially in sports, and it's been this way for a while. As irrelevant as it may seem, Collins has already lost over 5k twitter followers since his admission. Nevertheless, I applaud Jason for building up the courage to let the world know exactly who he is. Hopefully people will learn to accept that it's a part of life and that it doesn't change the game in the slightest. 

Athletes are athletes, basketball players are basketball players, they shouldn't be judged on whether they are gay or not. 

Collins was also quick to let everyone know that he still plans on playing NBA basketball. He told SI that he still has a passion for the game and he won't let this deter him. 

Jason will hit free agency this summer after spending the 2012-13 season with both the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards.
 


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