Jason Collins http://www.kplu.org en It Will Take 'Time, Tolerance' For Openly-Gay Players To Transition In Pro Sports http://www.kplu.org/post/it-will-take-time-tolerance-openly-gay-players-transition-pro-sports <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The issue of openly-gay athletes is being discussed in both the NBA and the NFL right now.</span></p><p>Veteran NBA player Jason Collins has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, nearly a year after announcing he was gay. And NFL draft hopeful Michael Sam finished participating in the annual scouting combine this week after recently coming out.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it’s going to take time, tolerance and acceptance from both sides of the issue for the transition to happen. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 14158 at http://www.kplu.org It Will Take 'Time, Tolerance' For Openly-Gay Players To Transition In Pro Sports NBA veteran Jason Collins comes out as gay http://www.kplu.org/post/nba-veteran-jason-collins-comes-out-gay <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">NBA veteran center&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Jason</font><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Collins</font><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">&nbsp;has become the first active male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p><font color="red">Collins</font>&nbsp;wrote a first-person account posted Monday on Sports Illustrated's website. The 34-year-old&nbsp;<font color="red">Collins</font>&nbsp;has played for six NBA teams in 12 seasons. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. He says he wants to continue playing.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:16:21 +0000 The Associated Press 8604 at http://www.kplu.org NBA veteran Jason Collins comes out as gay