With Michael Sam stealing the ‘gay athlete’ spotlight, Jason Collins is making moves to return to the NBA.
Sources tell NBC News that the Brooklyn Nets are considering signing the free-agent veteran center. If he does join the NBA team, Collins would make history as the first active openly gay player in American professional sports.
The 35-year-old, who came out last April inSports Illustrated, has not played since last year after finishing the regular season with the Washington Wizards.
Sources added that the Nets held a private workout with Collins during the All-Star Break in Los Angeles, which is also the athlete’s hometown. If the team does sign Collins, who reportedly was in “good shape,” it would be for a 10-day contract, which is essentially a tryout.
Collins has been a part of six different teams over a 12-year professional career, but spent the majority of his time with the Nets when they played in New Jersey.
It’s a race to be the first openly gay (American) professional athlete, who do you think is going to win?