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Former Celtic Jason Collins comes out as gay

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       NEW YORK (AP) _ NBA veteran center Jason Collins has become the first active male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay.
        Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday on Sports Illustrated's website. The 34-year-old Collins has played for six NBA teams in 12 seasons. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. He says he wants to continue playing.
        Collins writes: ``If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand.''
        Collins played in a Final Four for Stanford and reached two NBA Finals. His twin brother, Jarron, was also a longtime NBA center. Jason says he came out to his brother last summer.

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