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Jason Collins became the first openly gay athlete to actively play any sport after signing a 10 day contract with the NBA Brooklyn Nets.

His first game was versus the Los Angeles Lakers where he gave 11 minutes of work getting two rebounda and a steal in a 108-102 victory.

Some critics believe the decision to sign Collins was for publicity, but Nets GM Billy King said in a statement:

“The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision. We needed to increase our depth inside, and with his experience and size, we felt he was the right choice for a 10-day contract.”


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