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Jason Collins Signs Contract With The Brooklyn Nets; Becomes First Openly Gay Player In The NBA

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It's official. Jason Collins is the very first active, openly gay player not only in the NBA but also in any major US sport.

The Brooklyn Nets announced over Twitter that they have signed Collins to a 10-day contract. They also tweeted out a photo of the actual signing.

ESPN reports:

"The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision," Nets general manager Billy King said in a statement. " We needed to increase our depth inside, and with his experience and size, we felt he was the right choice for a 10-day contract."

The Nets moved quickly to make the historic signing of the 35-year-old free agent center to have another big body available against the Lakers. Brooklyn had been contemplating signing Collins for the past week and the need for Collins became greater after the Nets dealt rebounding specialist Reggie Evans to the Sacramento Kings last week.

Both Michael Sam and Robbie Rogers sent their congratulations out to Collins.

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There'll be no time wasted getting Collins on the court. He'll make his debut this with the Nets this evening in LA in a game against the Clippers.

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  1. 10 days???!!!

    Posted by: elwoodl | Feb 23, 2014 4:05:07 PM


  2. Forgive the ignorance, but what all is a 10-day contract?

    Posted by: Patrick | Feb 23, 2014 4:05:22 PM


  3. same as above

    Posted by: V-8 | Feb 23, 2014 4:09:30 PM


  4. OK : I just checked my calender......Yes, it is 2014.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 23, 2014 4:10:15 PM


  5. "Jason Collins is the very first active, openly gay player not only in the NBA but also in any major US sport."

    Uh, no he's not. Major League Soccer is a major U.S. sport and in fact gets higher average attendance than the NBA.

    Posted by: crispy | Feb 23, 2014 4:13:18 PM


  6. http://basketball.wikia.com/wiki/10_day_contract

    Pressure's on I guess. Stay focused, and go get 'em, Jason! Gotta see if the game will be on local broadcast or basic cable now...

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Feb 23, 2014 4:13:27 PM


  7. a 10 day contract is kind of common this late in the season-kind of a tryout. after the 10 days, they can resign him for another 10, but after that they would have to sign him on with a real contract or waive him.

    even without an additional contract, this is significant. but let's be honest-he's not a fantastic player and he's really gonna have to put up big numbers to prove he can do this, especially under the spotlight he's now under. it will be interesting.....

    Posted by: jake | Feb 23, 2014 4:14:12 PM


  8. A 10 day contract is essentially a temp deal. A tryout of sorts except it's a tryout in actual game conditions. The Nets leadership and veteran players like Jason a lot for his attitude, hard work and interior defense.

    Jason's future will depend on how he looks in this 10 day tryout and if the Nets sign another big man they're interested in that's also a free agent. Even if Jason only lasts 10 or 20 days (teams can sign an individual player twice for 10-days) at least someone has broken the barrier (along with Robbie Rogers).

    One day soon we'll see that truly high level player come out and that's when this discussion about gay people in sports completely ends, but in the meantime, this is a significant step forward, as was Robbie Rogers coming out. We're not invisible anymore and we're approaching a day being an out athlete isn't news.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 23, 2014 4:20:01 PM


  9. Congrats! I hope his contract becomes permanent.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Feb 23, 2014 4:26:14 PM


  10. This is exciting. That looks like Jason Kidd, the Nets coach, alongside Jason Collins. Kidd was a player for CAL around the same time Jason and his brother were playing for Stanford, 2 bitter rivals in the Bay Area. I'm telling you, the circle will be unbroken.

    Posted by: robert | Feb 23, 2014 4:36:56 PM


  11. MLS is an emerging major sport. It doesn't have the history or cultural significance as the NFL, NBA, MLB, or even NHL.

    More important than game attendance numbers are television ratings. MLS barely rates while the NBA makes billions of dollars in revenues.

    I don't think it's a slight against Robbie Rogers and it doesn't seem he is taking it that way.

    Congrats to Jason Collins.

    Posted by: Brian W. | Feb 23, 2014 4:37:07 PM


  12. It's not a slight. It's factually wrong.

    Posted by: crispy | Feb 23, 2014 4:44:37 PM


  13. Bravo, Jason.
    Love the chorus of congratulatory tweets from some very special and brave men - Rogers and Sam.

    Posted by: bravo | Feb 23, 2014 4:44:57 PM


  14. His contract is only 10 days longer than mine.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Feb 23, 2014 4:55:53 PM


  15. Just heard that Jason chose jersey number 98 in honor and recognition of Matthew Shepard.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Feb 23, 2014 5:20:31 PM


  16. Woot Woot! Wow number 98. Shepard died October 18, 1998. Big heart bursting with pride here.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Feb 23, 2014 5:42:13 PM


  17. WRONG L.A. TEAM.

    The Clippers beat the OKC Thunder today. The Nets are playing the LAKERS tonight.

    Posted by: Jerry | Feb 23, 2014 6:14:54 PM


  18. No pressure, Jason. :)

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 23, 2014 6:20:56 PM


  19. I was reading about Bob Paris last night and it's been about 15 years since he came out and some do consider bodybuilding a "sport". He was Mr. Universe. Don't forget about him. He even got married shortly after.

    Posted by: MIke | Feb 23, 2014 7:01:56 PM


  20. MLS is not major league because it is not called football even it is the only sport in which the players are really using their feet.

    Posted by: Simon | Feb 23, 2014 7:08:25 PM


  21. If you have AT&T uverse the game is on channel 1702 9/8 pm...The YES Network.

    Posted by: Brian W. | Feb 23, 2014 7:16:57 PM


  22. To the NFL:

    Ha ha! Beat you.

    Signed:

    The NBA

    Posted by: LeighAnne | Feb 23, 2014 8:34:01 PM


  23. I agree with others; why just a 10-day contract? I've never heard of this happening to any other NBA player. Any experts in the group who can explain the logic behind this decision would be appreciated. Could the contract be extended?

    Posted by: Keith | Feb 23, 2014 9:06:40 PM


  24. Takes 20 seconds to google to find this

    http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2014/1/5/5277360/leandro-barbosa-suns

    I swear people on the Internet are lazy

    Posted by: Factoid | Feb 23, 2014 9:27:14 PM


  25. Here's another

    http://www.clipsnation.com/2014/1/6/5282454/clippers-sign-darius-morris-to-10-day-contract

    Posted by: Factoid | Feb 23, 2014 9:28:22 PM


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