Jason Collins

Jeff Jacobs: Jason Collins Brings Message Of Love To WNBA

Jeff Jacobs: Jason Collins Brings Message Of Love To WNBA

Even now, four years after he wrote the words, "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," he is struck by small messages of great impact. Jason Collins pulls out his iPhone on Saturday in the lobby of the Mohegan Sun Hotel, scrolls through his texts and hits on a recent one.

"I just got this from a gay collegiate athlete," Collins said. "Hey, Jason this is 'name-redacted' and I just want to say thank you for paving the way for people like me. You helped me tremendously and are someone I could look up to when I was struggling with my sexuality. Happy Pride."

Collins breaks into a small grin. "Yeah," he said, "so...

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