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Coming Out of the NBA's Closet


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Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards rebounds against the Chicago Bulls on April 17, 2013.
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Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards rebounds against the Chicago Bulls on April 17, 2013.

Messages of support have been pouring in for pro basketball player Jason Collins, who wrote in the new issue of Sports Illustrated, "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay." That declaration makes him the first openly gay male athlete playing on an American major league sports team. We talk about what impact Collins' announcement may have on sports at all levels.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Franz Lidz, senior writer for Sports Illustrated who co-wrote Collins' coming out piece
  • Patrick Burke, co-founder of You Can Play, an LGBT sports advocacy nonprofit that works with pro sports teams to welcome gay players and fans, and a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers

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