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Jason Collins becomes first openly gay player to play for the Brooklyn Nets

NEW YORK (WKRC) -- Jason Collins recently became the first openly gay player for the Brooklyn Nets.

The first openly gay player in a major team sport says right now he more focused on learning his team's plays than anything else.

"I don't have time to think about history, I just have to focus on my job tonight," he said.

Collins revealed was gay last Spring to Sports Illustrated. At the time,  the 12 year veteran was a free agent no team has picked him up until now.  He says the last 10 months have been incredible.

"Life is so much better for me.  I don't have to hide who I am I am be my normal self."

Collins has a message for young players:

"Be yourself, be your true authentic slef and never be afraid to be your true self."

The 35 year old veteran has played with the Nets before with Jason Kidd as point guard. Kidd is now the coach in Brooklyn. The new team tweeted this photo of Kidd watching Collins sign his 10 day contract.

The Nets say it was purely a basketball decision to sign  Collins, but it marks another milestone for Brooklyn. Nearly 57 years ago, Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers.



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