NBA veteran Jason Collins comes out as gay

First male professional athlete to come out

NEW YORK - NBA veteran center Jason Collins has become the first 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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