(1090 The Fan) – According to 1090 The Fan’s sister station CBS DC, NBA center Jason Collins has come out of the closet.

He’s is the first athlete in a major American team sport to announce he’s gay, according to Sports Illustrated, which will run a story on the former Wizards player in its May 6 issue.

“The Gay Athlete: I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation,” the cover reads, which SI tweeted Monday afternoon.

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Collins, who has played for six NBA teams over 12 seasons, decided to come out of the closet after the deadly Boston Marathon bombings “reinforced the notion that I shouldn’t wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect.”

“No one wants to live in fear. I’ve always been scared of saying the wrong thing,” Collins wrote. “I don’t sleep well. I never have. But each time I tell another person, I feel stronger and sleep a little more soundly. It takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret.”

Continue reading at CBSDC.com.


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