Jason Collins
American basketball player
Jason Collins
Jason Paul Collins is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Atlanta Hawks. Collins attended Stanford University, where he was an All-American in 2000–01 and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on March 15, 2000. He finished his career ranked #1 in school history for field goal percentage (.608) and #5 in blocked shots (89).
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Shocking moment drunken soldiers including Buckingham Palace guardsman carried out horrifying assault where victim's head was stamped on 18 TIMES - and they avoided jail 
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Shaun Smith, and Jason Collins had been drinking when they were filmed attacking two men near their barracks at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire last April.
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Tickets on sale now for ‘Cabaret’ at Village Theatre
Issaquah Press - almost 2 years
Tickets are now on sale for Village Theatre’s musical production “Cabaret.” Tickets for the musical, which runs from May 14 through July 3 at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., are $39 to $67. Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winner Brian Yorkey returns to his hometown to direct the show, the first time Village Theatre produced the musical since 1995. The iconic story follows American writer Cliff Bradshaw, played by Brian Earp, as he travels to Berlin in 1931, seeking a quiet place to write his novel. There, he is swept into the world of British performer Sally Bowles, played by Billie Wildrick. Transporting its audience back to this critical historical crossroads, when the Nazi party is just beginning to gain a political foothold, “Cabaret” revolves around the seedy happenings of the Kit Kat Klub, a cabaret still reveling in the “divine decadence” of Germany’s golden era. With Jason Collins as the impish master of ceremonies overseeing the entertainment, the K ...
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Collins praises NCAA stance on Indiana law
USA Today - almost 2 years
Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay player, praised the NCAA on its position regarding Indiana's religious objections law. He also cautioned other states about discriminatory laws, saying "the sports world is watching." (April 4)           
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A Gay Athlete Encounters Indiana Law in a Changing World
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Derrick Gordon, a guard for the University of Massachusetts, was in Indianapolis to watch the Final Four, as was Jason Collins, the retired N.B.A. center who came out as a gay in 2013.
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'Indiana Is A Great Place To Be A Bigot' Spoofs State's Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
The Internet Action Force (IAF) team is spoofing Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act with this tongue-in-cheek video. Mimicking a travel commercial, the clip praises Indiana for its world-class cities, sports teams and "Hoosier hospitality that makes everyone welcome, especially bigots." "If you love covered bridges and discriminating, book your trip to Indiana today," the group writes on its YouTube page. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law March 26. The legislation allows individuals and corporations to cite religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private party. Thus, business owners who don't want to serve same-sex couples now have legal protection to deny service. A number of celebrities have criticized the new law, including Audra McDonald. The Tony Award-winning Broadway actress fired off against Pence on Twitter, arguing that the bill will have implications for her and her band when she performs ...
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Voice To Voice: Athlete Ally's Karess Taylor Talks To Transgender Cheerleader Jade Faletto
Huffington Post Sports - almost 2 years
Each month Athlete Ally and Huffington Post will feature a new Voice to Voice segment featuring LGBT and ally people of color leading the movement to end homophobia, biphobia, sexism and transphobia in athletics. The discussions will focus on the interplays of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and how those relationships affect LGBT inclusion and allyship in sports. Topics may include faith, family, health, body, immigration, community, stigma, visibility, economic status, violence, masculinities and femininities, language and more. In the past year, the cheerleading community has lost several gay young athletes due to bullying. Most recently, twelve-year-old Roman Shimizu took his life. His friends said that he was bullied for being a male cheerleader. When LGBT youth are bullied, often times it is because of their gender expression and their societal gender non-conformity. It is extremely important to raise awareness about LGBT issues and to establish all ...
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Michael Sam's Moment
Huffington Post - about 3 years
One of the truly wonderful things about growing up, in any generation, is the ever-increasing lucidity that comes with age. Not lost on me, particularly over the last few months, is the notion that as I get older and (hopefully) more attuned to the world at large around me, I become infinitely more aware of life's... moments. I remember watching a video interview with Penn Badgley (Yes, THAT Penn Badgley. Don't judge, you watched Gossip Girl, too), where he openly yearns for the sixties and seventies, a time when he distinctly recalls Jimmy Hendrix and Bob Dylan "playing at opposing ends of the street in Greenwich Village," a time when "the Village was the Village," something that I'm guilty of as well. To wit, I often find myself looking back on history and wishing that I was a part of some other generation's seminal events. I mean, who wouldn't have wanted to be there for Sinatra at the Paramount? Or in Berlin, to watch Jesse run? Or anywhere, really, during the "I Have a Dre ...
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Only Bigotry Can Stop Michael Sam From Playing in the NFL
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
With polls showing that nearly seventy percent of people under the age of thirty support marriage equality, it was only a matter of time before an openly gay college star entered the draft of a major sports league. That happened today when University of Missouri's Michael Sam, the SEC's Defensive Player of the Year, announced he was gay and will try to play in the National Football League. Standing 6'3" 260 pounds, only pure bigotry would keep Sam from being drafted. Of course, no team's management will outright admit to blacklisting. I suspect that many owners will parrot a YouTube video commenter, by using the language of cold, sterile business-speak to mask bigotry. "He probably won't be drafted to an NFL team," said the commenter. "No team wants the media circus that will come with this guy. It will be a huge distraction to the team and locker room. I have nothing against the guy, it's just strictly not a smart business decision to get involved with him." First, the idea t ...
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I Want the Openly Gay Michael Sam on My Football Team
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
I want to be wrong, but I'm worried the recently out Michael Sam won't get drafted into the NFL this year. The reasons don't all have to do with his sexual orientation, but most of them do. As has been repeated ad nauseum, there are a lot of general managers and coaches who have to worry about "the locker room." It's been articulated that this is nonsense, and I'd agree. But I also don't think it can be entirely overlooked. The truth is that homophobia exists across the globe and in all sports, ironically so in those where grown men get into tight pants and sweatily tackle each other for an entire hour. So what happens if you bring someone into the locker room that one, two or ten guys automatically decide they won't like? As we've seen with players like Terrell Owens, it can be destructive; and as much as I hate to say so, from a coach's perspective, it could be risky, too. At the same time, at some point these coaches need to make a decision: if they don't think their locker ro ...
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Why I Am Watching the Sochi Olympics
Huffington Post - about 3 years
When the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl last Sunday, Fox News made a big deal about how it was the city's first National Championship since the 1979 SuperSonics won the NBA finals. This didn't sit well with members of the two-time (2003 and 2010) WNBA champs, the Seattle Storm. Lauren Jackson, three-time WNBA MVP and a member of both championship teams, called out the oversight on Twitter: For women in sports (and fans of women in sports) it's a familiar story. Last summer, when Andy Murray won the men's Wimbledon championship, his victory was celebrated as the first for a Brit in 77 years -- overlooking four previous British winners: Dorothy Round Little (1937), Angela Mortimer Barrett (1961), Ann Haydon Jones (1969) and Virginia Wade (1977). When NBA player Jason Collins came out publicly as gay, he was lauded as the first openly gay player to be actively playing in a professional sports league, never mind the trailblazing out athletes in both the WNBA and the NWSL. Al ...
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Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors Among State of the Union Guests
Voice of America - about 3 years
The White House is continuing the long tradition of having special guests sit with the first lady during the president's State of the Union address.This year's guest list includes two survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, the fire chief of the tornado-ravaged Oklahoma town of Moore and basketball player Jason Collins -- the first openly gay athlete in a major U.S. sport.Also on the list of invitees are an unemployed mother of two, a war veteran wounded in Afghanistan, and a young...
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First Lady invites Jason Collins to State of the Union
USA Today - about 3 years
The former NBA center and gay rights activist will attend as guest of Michelle Obama
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jason Collins
  • 2014
    Age 35
    As of June 2014, Collins was in a relationship with producer Brunson Green.
    More Details Hide Details On August 2, 2013, Collins was among the first class of inductees into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.
    The New York Times called his 2014 signing with Brooklyn "perhaps basketball’s most celebrated and scrutinized 10-day contract."
    More Details Hide Details His No. 98 jersey became the top seller on the NBA's online store.
    On November 19, 2014, Collins announced his retirement from the game of basketball after 13 seasons in the NBA.
    More Details Hide Details Collins had low career averages in the NBA of 3.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, .5 blocks, and 41 percent shooting from the field, and never averaged more than seven points or seven rebounds in a season. However, the basketball analytics community valued his defense through measurements not typically found in a boxscore, namely his ability to increase the differential between his team's scoring and their opponents'. Collins was a physical player defending the post, boxes out well, and excelled at setting screens. He was precise in executing coaches' defensive strategies, and he read the opponents' movements well and communicated on defense. He also had a reputation for being a team leader, and earned consistent praise for his professionalism and intelligence on the court.
    On March 15, 2014, Collins signed with the Nets for the rest of the season.
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    On March 5, 2014, Collins signed a second 10-day contract with the Nets.
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    On February 23, 2014, Collins signed a 10-day contract to rejoin the Nets, who had since moved to Brooklyn.
    More Details Hide Details Nets coach Jason Kidd, who became good friends with Collins while teammates in New Jersey from 2001 to 2008, was an advocate of signing Collins. Collins played 11 minutes that night against the Lakers at the Staples Center, becoming the first publicly gay athlete to play in any of the four major North American pro sports leagues. He was scoreless, but provided solid defense in the post as the Nets outscored the Lakers by eight while he played; Brooklyn won the game by six, 108–102. Collins wore jersey number 46 in his first game, the only number the team had available, but planned to wear No. 98—the same he wore with Boston and Washington—going forward. Collins chose to wear No. 98 in honor of Matthew Shepard whose 1998 murder was widely reported as a hate crime, and ultimately led to the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Collins' jersey rose to the top spot for sales at NBAStore.com, and the NBA announced that proceeds from the sales, as well as proceeds from auctions of Collins' autographed game-worn jerseys, will benefit two LGBT supporting charities, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN).
    In April 2014, Collins featured on the cover of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World."
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    He became a free agent and did not play again until February 2014, when he signed with the Nets and became the first publicly gay athlete to play in any of four major North American pro sports leagues.
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  • 2013
    Age 34
    Collins became a free agent in July 2013, and stated that he intended to pursue another contract.
    More Details Hide Details He was not invited by any team to training camp, but he worked out at his home waiting for an opportunity.
    On April 29, 2013, after the season had already concluded, Collins publicly came out as gay, becoming the first active male athlete from one of the four major North American professional team sports to publicly do so.
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    On February 21, 2013, Collins and Leandro Barbosa were traded to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Jordan Crawford.
    More Details Hide Details He played in 6 games with the Wizards, starting in two of them.
  • 2012
    Age 33
    On July 31, 2012, Collins signed an undisclosed deal with the Boston Celtics.
    More Details Hide Details He played in 32 games with the team, starting in 7 of them. During that time, he averaged 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.
  • 2010
    Age 31
    In 2010–11, the fifth-seeded Hawks defeated the fourth-seeded Orlando Magic as Collins slowed the Magic's dominant center, Dwight Howard.
    More Details Hide Details After Game 4 in the series, then-Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy called Collins' play "the best defense on Howard all year". After two seasons and a half with the Hawks, Collins averaged 1.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.
    Collins re-signed with the Hawks in the 2010 offseason.
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  • 2009
    Age 30
    Collins was in an eight-year relationship with former WNBA center Carolyn Moos, and the two were engaged to be married, but Collins called off the wedding in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In the cover story of the May 6, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated, written by Collins himself and posted on the magazine's website on April 29, 2013, he came out as gay, becoming the first active male athlete from one of the four major North American professional team sports to publicly do so. He wrote that he wished to maintain his privacy in regard to specific details of his personal life, and that he is not in a relationship. Collins also said a "notorious antigay hate crime", the murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998, led him to choose "98" for his jersey number, in Shepard's honor. Collins called the number "a statement to myself, my family and my friends." Following his announcement, Collins has received high praise and support for deciding to publicly reveal that he is gay. Fellow NBA star Kobe Bryant praised his decision, as did others from around the league, including NBA commissioner David Stern. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, former president Bill Clinton, and Collins' corporate sponsor Nike were also among those offering their praise and support for Collins. However, ESPN basketball analyst Chris Broussard stated that he did not believe that Collins can "live an openly homosexual lifestyle" and be a Christian, but thought that Collins "displayed bravery with his announcement". Collins, a Christian, responded by saying "This is all about tolerance and acceptance and America is the best country in the world because we're all entitled to our opinions and beliefs but we don't have to agree.
    Collins signed with the Atlanta Hawks on September 2, 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 29
    After his contract expired at the end of the 2008–09 NBA season, the Timberwolves' management decided not to re-sign him.
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    His best game was in November 26, 2008 against the Phoenix Suns, when he scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
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    On June 26, 2008, Collins was dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves in an eight-player deal involving Kevin Love and O. J. Mayo.
    More Details Hide Details During the season, Collins averaged 1.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game through 31 games, in which he started 22.
    On February 4, 2008, Collins was traded along with cash considerations to the Memphis Grizzlies for Stromile Swift.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the season averaging 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game coming from the bench.
  • 2007
    Age 28
    Collins began the 2007-08 season with the Nets and averaged 1.4 and 2.1 rebounds per game through 43 games, most of them as their starting center.
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  • 2004
    Age 25
    Prior to the 2004–05 season, he signed a $25 million contract extension with New Jersey for five more years.
    More Details Hide Details During his time with the Nets, he averaged 4.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
  • 2002
    Age 23
    In the 2002–03 NBA season Collins took over the starting center role for the Nets and helped the franchise back to the NBA Finals.
    More Details Hide Details During that season, Collins averaged 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
    As a rookie along with Richard Jefferson, Collins played a significant role in the New Jersey Nets' first ever NBA Finals berth in 2002 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
    More Details Hide Details During this Finals appearance, Collins acknowledged that he is not really 7 feet tall as he has been listed since his junior year of college. He is actually about 4 inches shorter.
  • 2001
    Age 22
    In 2001, Collins was named to All-Pac-10 first team, and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) voted him to their third-team All-American team.
    More Details Hide Details He finished his college career ranked first in Stanford history for field goal percentage (.608) and third in blocked shots (89).
  • 2000
    Age 21
    He played college basketball for Stanford University where he was an All-American in 2000–01, before being drafted 18th overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to play for the New Jersey Nets, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets. After the 2012–13 NBA season concluded, Collins publicly came out as gay.
  • 1978
    Born on December 2, 1978.
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