NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The coming-out part is over. Now Jason Collins needs a job.
Collins’ stunning announcement that he was a gay athlete in a major sport won overwhelming support from other players, coaches and executives — even a phone call from the president.
But it also came after the season ended for the 7-foot center and his Washington Wizards.
“I’m just going to be myself. I think that’s what’s most important, that I live my honest, genuine life,” Collins told the New York Times on Tuesday. “You make a decision to try to make yourself happy in life.”
The 34-year-old journeyman becomes a free agent on July 1 — meaning that he will first have to sign with an NBA team and wait until next season to see if teammates, coaches, opponents and fans will treat him any differently.