Nets to sign Jason Collins, NBA's first openly gay active player

Collins came out as gay 10 months ago and will be in uniform against the Lakers Sunday night

By Natasha Lennard

Published February 23, 2014 6:15PM (EST)

The Brooklyn Nets are to sign Jason Collins, who will become the first openly gay active sports player in America's major leagues. Collins has not been invited to train with a top basketball team since he came out as gay 10 months ago.


Collins' decision to sign a 10-day contract with the Nets comes with Glen Davis opting to join the Los Angeles Clippers. The 35-year-old Collins will be in uniform for the Nets against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night, sources say.

The Nets moved quickly to sign Collins to have another big body available against the Lakers.

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