November 19, 2014 6:50 PM
Collins became the first active male in any of the four major professional North American sports to come out.
He wrote a first-person piece for “Sports Illustrated” — which ran on SI on Wednesday — announcing the retirement. He shared some thoughts in the column.
“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,” Collins wrote. “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.”
Collins will be on hand at Barclays Center on Wednesday to announce the retirement "
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