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Nets sign openly gay Jason Collins to 10-day contract

Feb. 23, 2014 at 4:36 PM
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NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Free agent forward Jason Collins, who revealed last year he is gay, has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, the team announced Sunday.

Should the 35-year-old make an appearance in a game, he would become the first openly gay player in any of the four major North American team sports.

The 7-footer was expected to play later Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

He revealed his sexual orientation in an April Sports Illustrated article.

"The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision," Nets General Manager Billy King said in a statement. "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."

Collins, who played for the New Jersey Nets from 2001-08, has averaged 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 713 career games.

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