Jason Collins Hits Court as First Ever Openly Gay NBA Player (Video)

Jason Collins Hits Court as First Ever Openly Gay NBA Player (Video)

Collins made history Sunday night as he officially stepped onto the court to become the first openly gay athlete to play in the NBA

Jason Collins was greeted with raucous applause and cheers from the crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as he became the first openly gay player to compete in an NBA game (and by extension the first openly gay athlete in any of the four main professional sports leagues) on Sunday night.

Also read: Jason Collins Signs With Nets, Become NBA's First Openly Gay Player (Updated)

Earlier in the day, Collins officially signed with the Brooklyn Nets and he suited up as number 46 in tonight's game against the Lakers.

Collins stepped on to the court at 10:28 in the second quarter as members of the crowd rose to their feet and gave him a standing ovation.

Also read: Jason Collins on ‘GMA': ‘A Huge Weight Has Been Lifted’ (Video)

Earlier in the day, Nets general manager Billy King argued that Collins was signed purely out of his talent as a player.

“The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision,” King said. “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.”

Watch the historic moment below via YES Network:

  • Mark

    Big deal its only for 25 games. The Nets are below .500 and are reaching for something to help in the stretch. Sorry but Collins was no good when he played before and so he won't be any better now. It will be interesting when the players take showers if they will be hiding their packages while he is around.

  • Kreig

    Pretty sure his number is 46 not 98. Seriously how hard is it to get a number right

  • Gurl Please

    The team did this for selfish reasons. Since history was going to be made anyway, they wanted to be first. Nice way to steal the honor from Michael Sam. And not very classy I might add.