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Jason Collins
Jason Collins
Position: None
Born: 12/02/78
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:259 lbs. / 117.9 kg.
The N.B.A. stood out at the New York Pride’s March; it was the only major professional sports league to be represented. And yet, no active player since Jason Collins has come out as gay — a thorny issue, one that even Rick Welts struggles to explain. “I think the hardest thing is always active players, and I get it,” he said. “I don’t know. It’s hard. We’re dealing with very young people.”
When the N.B.A. made its debut at the parade last year, the league’s commissioner, Adam Silver, showed up to offer his support. In his mind, that meant marching beside the float. But then Collins pulled him aboard. Silver was enthralled by the experience. “I just loved being on a float,” Silver said. “If I had only known what it was like to be in a parade! I’ve been telling teams: ‘You’ve got to a win a championship, because being in a parade is unbelievable.’” IMGhttps://twitter.com/PlayersTribune/status/879063141241499648
In fact, she is the lead on the Nets first “Pride Night,” January 25, where the Nets will celebrate LGBTQ inclusion and diversity in general, welcoming back Jason Collins, the two-time Net who in 2013 became the first openly gay athlete in any of the four major pro sports. “The first team to sign Collins after he came out was the Brooklyn Nets. I was so proud coming to work that day,” she noted. “He is a true role model, and I am honored to stand with him.”
Storyline: Nets Front Office
As former NBA players Grant Hill, Steve Smith and Jason Collins began a private tour of the National Civil Rights Museum on Jan. 14, Kevin Lloyd proudly stood alongside them in place of his late father, who first opened the NBA door for black players. Hill, Smith, Collins and every African-American NBA player past and present should know Earl Lloyd’s story. On Halloween night in 1950, Lloyd became the first black player in NBA history when he debuted for the Washington Capitals. “I had the good fortune of meeting Earl Lloyd back in Detroit during the mid-’90s,” Hill told The Undefeated.
Collins is also known as being the first openly gay active basketball player in the NBA. In 2013, he shared his story with Sports Illustrated, and he has since advocated for the LGBTQ+ community. He and his brother, also a retired NBA player, met Clinton’s daughter Chelsea at Stanford University 20 years ago. Since then, he’s gotten to know the Clinton family. “We got to see the president and first lady at the time as mom and dad, and then over the years, as grandma and grandpa,” Collins said. He said this election is more important than ever, especially with so many U.S. Supreme Court justice seats at stake. “I am a huge fan of Hillary,” Collins said. “She’s a trailblazer. I have a connection with the Clintons. She really deeply cares about all of us, not just some of us, and I think she would be an amazing president.”