35-year-old center Jason Collins announced his retirement from the NBA Wednesday after 13 seasons in the league. Jason Collins made history by becoming the first openly gay professional athlete in one of the four major U.S. professional sports. he announced his decision in separate columns written for Sports Illustrated and the Players? Tribune.
?It has been 18 exhilarating months since I came out in ?Sports Illustrated? as the first openly gay man in one of the four major professional team sports,? …?And it has been nine months since I signed with the Nets and became the first openly gay male athlete to appear in a game in one of those leagues?…?It feels wonderful to have been part of these milestones for sports and for gay rights, and to have been embraced by the public, the coaches, the players, the league and history.?