Chicago Tribune: Jason Collins was a journeyman NBA center, all but unknown to anyone but the sport’s dedicated followers.

That was before Collins revealed he is gay in a first-person account for Sports Illustrated posted to the magazine’s website Monday. In doing so, Collins instantly entered himself into the world’s consciousness as the first active player in one of America’s four major sports leagues to make such a statement.

Collins began his nearly 3,000-word story, “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”

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