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Tags: Sports in Society, NBA

05/01/13
Collins' News Won't Impact Wizards' Evaluation

Wizards C Jason Collins' revelation that he is gay will have "no influence" on the team's plans with him this offseason when he becomes a free agent, according to a source cited by Michael Lee of the WASHINGTON POST. Collins has "limited skills," so bringing him back was "never among the team’ ...

Tags: Sports in Society, NBA

05/01/13
NBA's Apparent Acceptance Of Collins Is Progress

If the NBA’s reaction over the past two days to Wizards C Jason Collins' announcement that he is gay “is any indication, the league is further along in its progression of acceptance than perhaps observers gave it credit for,” according to Gary Washburn of the BOSTON GLOBE. Maybe th ...

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05/01/13
Emmert Discusses Gay Athlete At College Level

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Tags: Sports in Society

04/30/13
Collins: U.S. Ready For Gay Basketball Player

Wizards C Jason Collins made his first TV appearance since announcing he is gay during this morning’s edition of ABC’s “GMA.” The show led with an interview between Collins and George Stephanopoulos, who said, “That announcement from Jason Collins, that surpri ...

Tags: Sports in Society, NBA, Basketball

04/30/13
Sports World Reacts To Jason Collins News

Wizards C Jason Collins' announcement on SI.com that he is gay, becoming the first active male athlete in one of the major U.S. pro sports to do so, was "greeted with an outpouring of support" from teammates, league execs and major NBA players including Heat G Dwyane Wade and Lakers G Kobe Brya ...

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04/30/13
Collins Has Good Shot At Making NBA Roster

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04/30/13
Are MLB, NFL Ready To Handle Athlete Coming Out?

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04/30/13
Rick Welts Supportive Of Collins' Announcement

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Brittney Griner Comes Out To Little Fanfare

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