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Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins becomes first openly gay player in NBA




Jason Collins #98 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on in the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Jason Collins #98 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on in the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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With just over 10 minutes to go in the second quarter of the Lakers game last night, an aging, journeyman 7-foot center checked into the game for the Brooklyn Nets. This wouldn't normally be newsworthy, except for the fact that it was an unremarkable NBA player with a remarkable background.

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