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Jason Collins: The NBA reacts to its first openly gay player
"The time has come. Maximum respect."
"I am so proud of my bro @jasoncollins34 for being real." -@Baron_Davis
"I am so proud of my bro @jasoncollins34 for being real." -@Baron_Davis Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."

With those words in Sports Illustrated, Jason Collins shocked the sports world on Monday, and became the first active professional athlete in a major American sport ever to come out as openly gay. And so far, at least, his fellow NBA athletes are embracing him with open arms.

Keith Wagstaff is a staff writer at TheWeek.com covering politics and current events. He has previously written for such publications as TIME, Details, VICE, and the Village Voice.

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