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Jason Collins: The NBA reacts to its first openly gay player

"The time has come. Maximum respect."

"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.

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