Veteran NBA Center Jason Collins is now openly admitting that he is gay.

Now in his 13th year in the league, Collins becomes the first player on a major U.S. team to come out as homosexual.

The 34-year old last played for the Washington Wizards.

Their team president Ernie Grunfeld supports the player’s decision, saying the team is extremely proud of Jason and support his decision to live his life proudly and openly.

NBA Commissioner David Stern issued a statement saying the league is proud of Collins.

We are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue,”

Jason Collins has forever changed the face of sports,” said the Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights group fighting for gay rights told CNN.

At a time when millions are reflecting on the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson, Jason Collins is a hero for our own times.

– Thisis50

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