Collins: Support after coming out 'incredible'

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 30, 2013 at 7:52 am •  Published: April 30, 2013
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Collins averaged 1.1 points this season for the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards. He will be a free agent this offseason, and plans to continue his career.

"From my teammates, I'm expecting support because that's what I would do for my teammates," Collins told ABC. "A team is like a family. The NBA is like a brotherhood. And I'm looking at it like we all support each other, on and off the court."

Asked by Stephanopoulos what his story could mean to youth who play basketball and are worried about their futures because they are gay, Collins offered a simple piece of advice.

"It doesn't matter that you're gay. The key thing is that it's about basketball," Collins said. "It's about working hard, it's about sacrificing for your team. It's all about dedication. That's what you should focus on."

In the second part of the ABC interview, Collins discussed what it was like to come out to his family and people closest to him. In the SI piece, Collins said that the first relative he came out to was his aunt, Teri Jackson, a San Francisco Superior Court Judge — "so I guess she's good at reading people," Collins told ABC.

"When you keep telling yourself a lie, at some point you buy your own cover story, like a CIA spy or something," Collins said.

His own twin brother, Jarron Collins, had no idea about his brother's orientation.

"I am really good at playing it straight," Jason Collins said, laughing at his own joke. "Maybe he needs to hang out with my aunt a little more, get a discerning eye like she has."

Collins told Stephanopoulos that he one day hopes to be married and have children, but currently describes his relationship status as single.

"I tried everything in the book as far as trying to convince myself to lead the life that you should," said Collins, who dated women in the past and was once engaged. "Calling off the wedding was obviously a tough decision, but it was the right one, because I knew I wasn't getting married for the right reasons."

ABC said the interview was taped Monday night in Los Angeles.


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