NBA free agent Jason Collins, who played his college ball at Stanford and has been bouncing around the league for the past 12 years, came out in a Sports Illustrated cover story today. "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center," the essay begins. "I'm black. And I'm gay."
Collins, 34, wrote a moving, personal essay for the magazine in which he discusses his family history, his career, and his plans for the future. It's a brave step, to say the least, and it's worth a read in full. There's no blueprint for this sort of move in men's professional sports, of course, but Collins's choice allowed him to tell his story in his own words. (Plus, he doesn't have to deal with Internet commenters.) From the piece: