Jason Collins

Read the latest news about Jason Collins, the basketball player who came out in an issue of Sports Illustrated in 2013. Because of this, Jason Collins became the first active male professional athlete in North America to be open about his sexuality. Since his coming out, the NBA center has supported and been a speaker for a variety of LGBT organizations, including The Trevor Project. He later revealed this jersey number, 98, is a nod to the year of Matthew Shepard’s murder, which also holds a special place for the youth advocacy organization.

Collins says a "knucklehead" used defamatory language against him during a game.

March 21 2014 11:31 AM

Brooklyn's NBA team will keep Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, after signing him in February to a short-term contract.

March 12 2014 1:43 PM

Collins, who was worn a number 98 jersey in honor of Matthew Shepard, met the college student's family Thursday.

February 28 2014 2:58 PM

He knows he's the first out gay player in the NBA, but Jason Collins simply wants to do his job: making fouls and blocking plays.

February 28 2014 6:00 AM

The history-making athlete's number 98 Nets jersey is currently the top seller on NBA.com.

February 26 2014 1:39 PM

The first out active NBA player will wear number 98 with the Nets as tribute to Matthew Shepard, the gay college student whose murder in 1998 fueled the adoption of hate-crime laws.

February 25 2014 4:46 PM

Collins played 11 minutes for the Brooklyn Nets against the Los Angeles Lakers and was greeted warmly by fans.

2:29 AM

Collins, who came out in April, reportedly signed a contract with the Brooklyn team today, making him available to play against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight.

February 23 2014 2:16 PM Updated

The out NBA player sat near Willie Robertson during the State of the Union address but couldn’t reach out to the reality star due to the hordes of Republican congressmen jockeying for photo ops.

January 30 2014 1:19 PM

A group of athletes spoke at the U.N. about the importance of combating homophobia in sports.

December 17 2013 2:34 PM