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Boston Celtics' Jason Collins poses during Celtics NBA basketball media day at the team's training facility in Waltham, Mass., Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.
34-year-old NBA center Jason Collins made headlines Monday morning when he came out as gay, the first openly gay athlete in major professional team sports in America. Collins told his story in the newest issue of Sports Illustrated.
"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," Collins says in the opening of the piece he co-wrote with Franz Lidz for Sports Illustrated.
The web reacted immediately, from teammates to politicians and more.