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April 11, 2014

'It seems to me, a lot of questions about gay athletes, were the same questions they used to ask about us'

National Basketball Association legend Bill Russell sees little difference in the concerns gay athletes face now and what black ball players faced when sport leagues were integrated.

'It seems to me, a lot of questions about gay athletes, were the same questions they used to ask about us,' Russell said, as reported by the Associated Press.

April 11, 2014

'It seems to me, a lot of questions about gay athletes, were the same questions they used to ask about us'

National Basketball Association legend Bill Russell sees little difference in the concerns gay athletes face now and what black ball players faced when sport leagues were integrated.

'It seems to me, a lot of questions about gay athletes, were the same questions they used to ask about us,' Russell said, as reported by the Associated Press.

March 21, 2014

'One player, one knucklehead from another team. He's a knucklehead. So I just let it go'

Out basketball player Jason Collins refuses to worry about the one opponent who taunted him with bigoted language.

The first openly gay athlete in the National Basketball Association has had no problems thus far,  minus one player he refuses to name.

March 21, 2014

'One player, one knucklehead from another team. He's a knucklehead. So I just let it go'

Out basketball player Jason Collins refuses to worry about the one opponent who taunted him with bigoted language.

The first openly gay athlete in the National Basketball Association has had no problems thus far,  minus one player he refuses to name.

March 21, 2014

'One player, one knucklehead from another team. He's a knucklehead. So I just let it go'

Out basketball player Jason Collins refuses to worry about the one opponent who taunted him with bigoted language.

The first openly gay athlete in the National Basketball Association has had no problems thus far,  minus one player he refuses to name.

March 17, 2014

'I don't think a gay golfer is going to be that big of a deal. It's not going to affect my life in any way, shape or form'

With courageous athletes like Michael Sam (NFL prospect), Jason Collins (NBA) and Robbie Rogers (MLS) coming out as gay in the past year, it seems like only a matter of time when other major leagues also have openly gay male pros.

What about golf?

So far, the Professional Golf Association has never had someone come out as gay but straight player Brandt Snedeker knows they are already among him.

March 15, 2014

'Thank you to the Nets organization, coaches and players, the team is playing really well right now, and I'm glad to continue to be here'

Gay basketball player Jason Collins officially has a contract with the Brooklyn Nets for the remainder of the season.

The National Basketball Association team made the announcement today (15 March) on its website.

March 15, 2014

'Thank you to the Nets organization, coaches and players, the team is playing really well right now, and I'm glad to continue to be here'

Gay basketball player Jason Collins officially has a contract with the Brooklyn Nets for the remainder of the season.

The National Basketball Association team made the announcement today (15 March) on its website.

March 15, 2014

'Thank you to the Nets organization, coaches and players, the team is playing really well right now, and I'm glad to continue to be here'

Gay basketball player Jason Collins officially has a contract with the Brooklyn Nets for the remainder of the season.

The National Basketball Association team made the announcement today (15 March) on its website.

March 12, 2014

After coming out and not being able to sign to a team, gay basketball star proves he still has the skills to win

Brooklyn Nets will sign gay basketball player Jason Collins for the rest of the season, according to multiple sources.

After being signed up to two 10-day deals, the 34-year-old center is apparently impressing with his defending skills.

March 4, 2014

At the end of the second contract, the Brooklyn Nets are required to sign Collins, if they want to keep him, for the remainder of the season

Openly gay basketball player Jason Collins will get another 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

The athlete made history late last month by becoming the first out player in the National Basketball Association. His initial contract expires today (4 March) and , as reported by Yahoo Sports, the Nets will offer a second one tomorrow (5 March).

March 4, 2014

At the end of the second contract, the Brooklyn Nets are required to sign Collins, if they want to keep him, for the remainder of the season

Openly gay basketball player Jason Collins will get another 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

The athlete made history late last month by becoming the first out player in the National Basketball Association. His initial contract expires today (4 March) and , as reported by Yahoo Sports, the Nets will offer a second one tomorrow (5 March).

March 4, 2014

At the end of the second contract, the Brooklyn Nets are required to sign Collins, if they want to keep him, for the remainder of the season

Openly gay basketball player Jason Collins will get another 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

The athlete made history late last month by becoming the first out player in the National Basketball Association. His initial contract expires today (4 March) and , as reported by Yahoo Sports, the Nets will offer a second one tomorrow (5 March).

March 1, 2014

'I'm thrilled to work with the league to support two fantastic organizations...'

The National Basketball League announced proceeds from the sale of Jason Collins' jersey will  be donated to two LGBTI rights organizations.

Collins, who is in the middle of a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets that could be extended, is the first openly gay player in the league.

He wears #98 in memory of Matthew Shepard, a college student who was murdered in 1998 in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming.

February 28, 2014

Judi Shepard describes league's first openly gay player as 'very kind, smart, humble'

The parents of slain college student Matthew Shepard met with Jason Collins on Thursday (27 February) after the NBA's first openly gay player played his second game for the Brooklyn Nets.

Collins, in the middle of a 10-day contract with the Nets that could be extended, wore a #98 jersey in memory of Shepard who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in 1998.

February 28, 2014

Judi Shepard describes league's first openly gay player as 'very kind, smart, humble'

The parents of slain college student Matthew Shepard met with Jason Collins on Thursday (27 February) after the NBA's first openly gay player played his second game for the Brooklyn Nets.

Collins, in the middle of a 10-day contract with the Nets that could be extended, wore a #98 jersey in memory of Shepard who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in 1998.

February 28, 2014

Openly gay member of LA Galaxy who came out a year ago is first out player in Major League Soccer last year

The NBA's Jason Collins and NFL hopeful Michael Sam may be getting the attention in recent weeks but it was a year ago this month that soccer pro Robbie Rogers came out publicly as gay.

Rogers, 26, simultaneously announced his retirement from his sport but changed his mind by spring and was signed by the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

He became the first openly gay player in MLS history.

February 25, 2014

'We were very touched. For him to make that tribute to Matt was meaningful to us'

Openly gay basketball player Jason Collins will continue to wear '98' to honor Matthew Shepard.

The out college student was brutally murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998.

Collins, a 12-year National Basketball Association veteran, came out last spring in a Sports Illustrated cover story.

February 25, 2014

'We were very touched. For him to make that tribute to Matt was meaningful to us'

Openly gay basketball player Jason Collins will continue to wear '98' to honor Matthew Shepard.

The out college student was brutally murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998.

Collins, a 12-year National Basketball Association veteran, came out last spring in a Sports Illustrated cover story.

February 25, 2014

'We were very touched. For him to make that tribute to Matt was meaningful to us'

Openly gay basketball player Jason Collins will continue to wear '98' to honor Matthew Shepard.

The out college student was brutally murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998.

Collins, a 12-year National Basketball Association veteran, came out last spring in a Sports Illustrated cover story.

February 25, 2014

Conservative radio host says: '... It's now been proven (it) didn't happen' while discussing Jason Collins wearing #98 in honor of Shepard

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh made tne bizarre claim on Monday that Matthew Shepard, whose 1998 murder led to a federal hate crime law in the US, was not killed because he was gay.

Limbaugh was discussing the return to the NBA of Jason Collins who wears the number 98 on his uniform in honor of Shepard and the year he was murdered.

February 24, 2014

Has solid performance in first appearance with Brooklyn Nets and later tweets 'What a day!'

Jason Collins' place in sports history is now secure.

After playing for 11 minutes for the Brooklyn Nets in a 108-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, Collins became the first active openly gay player in the history of the National Basketball Association.

He entered the game on Sunday (23 February) during the second quarter with minimal fanfare and went on to pick up two rebounds, a steal and five fouls. He did not score.

It was just earlier in the day that Collins, 35, had signed a 10-day contract with the Nets.

February 24, 2014

Has solid performance in first appearance with Brooklyn Nets and later tweets 'What a day!'

Jason Collins' place in sports history is now secure.

After playing for 11 minutes for the Brooklyn Nets in a 108-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, Collins became the first active openly gay player in the history of the National Basketball Association.

He entered the game on Sunday (23 February) during the second quarter with minimal fanfare and went on to pick up two rebounds, a steal and five fouls. He did not score.

It was just earlier in the day that Collins, 35, had signed a 10-day contract with the Nets.

February 24, 2014

Has solid performance in first appearance with Brooklyn Nets and later tweets 'What a day!'

Jason Collins' place in sports history is now secure.

After playing for 11 minutes for the Brooklyn Nets in a 108-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, Collins became the first active openly gay player in the history of the National Basketball Association.

He entered the game on Sunday (23 February) during the second quarter with minimal fanfare and went on to pick up two rebounds, a steal and five fouls. He did not score.

It was just earlier in the day that Collins, 35, had signed a 10-day contract with the Nets.