Jason Collins Signs With Brooklyn Nets, Will Be the First Openly Gay NBA Player

Jason Collins is set to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, making him the first openly gay NBA player. Credit: FameFlynet, Inc

History is being made tonight! Jason Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets basketball team on Feb. 23. The openly-gay athlete will take the court against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center Sunday night, a source confirms to Us Weekly. 

Collins, 35, will be the first openly-gay NBA player and ESPN reports that he is also the first openly-gay athlete in North America's four major professional sports.

The Brooklyn Nets' official Twitter handle shared a photo of Collins signing his contracts, writing, "RT to welcome @jasoncollins34 to Brooklyn! #Nets."

The center came out in an essay in the April 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated

"I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," he wrote at the time. "But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."