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Nets sign openly gay Collins to historic NBA contract

Published on Feb 24, 2014 6:17 AM
 
Jason Collins signed a 10-day contract with the NBA's Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, Feb 23, 2014, to become the first openly gay man playing in a major US professional sports league. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Jason Collins signed a 10-day contract with the NBA's Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, Feb 23, 2014, to become the first openly gay man playing in a major US professional sports league.

The Nets confirmed the widely reported deal on their official Twitter feed, and Collins was expected to be in uniform for Sunday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Collins, 35, and a 13-year NBA veteran, revealed his homosexuality last April.

But that was after his contract with the Washington Wizards had expired, and he had not been picked up by another team since then.

 
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