Collins retires

Posted by C.L. Anthony on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 with No comments
Veteran NBA big Jason Collins announced his retirement from the NBA Wednesday.  Last season Collins played 22 games for the Brooklyn Nets and holds a career average of 3.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

 "In order to understand why I am so lucky to be sitting here today as a person who is finally comfortable in his own skin, you need to understand how basketball saved me," Collins wrote on ThePlayersTribune.com. "I needed to live the past few years as an openly gay basketball player in order to be at peace retiring today."

 "There are so many people I have to thank for helping me on my journey," Collins wrote on ThePlayersTribune.com. "My family, friends, and fans empower me each and every day. My teammates, coaches, and the Brooklyn Nets organization gave me an opportunity. The entire NBA family, where the leadership of David Stern and Adam Silver created an environment that made me feel safe to step forward. My agent, Arn Tellem, who is like the cool uncle everyone wishes they had. All the fans in New York who would see me walking on the street and say, 'Hey Collins, good luck tonight!' or 'We are proud of you!' To all the people who came out before me and helped clear the path for others to follow. And the many countless individuals who have fought and sacrificed for human and civil rights, period. Thank you."