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

Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Lakers

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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.

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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