February 23, 2014 may very well go down as a landmark day in the sports world.
The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly signed Jason Collins to a 10-day contract. The move makes Collins the first ever openly gay player in any of North America’s four major sports.
Collins, 35, last played in the NBA in April of 2013 with the Washington Wizards. Later that month was when Collins announced to the world that he was gay.
It appeared that Missouri defensive end Michael Sam was going to become the first openly gay athlete, but Collins going to the Nets ends that.
Brooklyn worked out Collins in Los Angeles this week, and according to sources, liked what they saw.
Both the Nets and Clippers were fighting for the services of the recently released Glen Davis. Davis though, prefers to sign with LA leaving Collins to go to the Nets.
Collins was a member of the New Jersey Nets from the time he was drafted with the 18th pick in the 2001 NBA draft out of Stanford, until February of 2008.
What Collins would add to the Nets is another big-body down low. In no way is he the missing piece this Nets team needs and he hasn’t averaged over 3 points per game since the 2005-2006 season.