NBA center Jason Collins became the first active player in a major professional American team sport to reveal that he is gay, doing so to Sports Illustrated in a major cover story released on April 29.
Collins, who is now a free agent, has played in the NBA for 12 seasons with six teams, spending this past campaign with the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards. He helped the New Jersey Nets reach the 2002 and 2003 NBA Finals.
“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black and I’m gay,” began the story that Collins penned for the magazine with writer Franz Lidz.
The landmark revelation will now focus attention on Collins and any club that decides to sign him as well as the attitudes of his new teammates.
Among the messages of support Collins has received for his admission were those from former US president Bill Clinton, whose daughter Chelsea was a college friend of Collins at Stanford, and NBA commissioner David Stern.
Stern praised Collins for the courage and leadership of his admission. “Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue,” Stern said.
1. landmark n.
重大事件；里程碑 (zhong4 da4 shi4 jian4; li3 cheng2 bei1)
例: The vaccine is a landmark in the history of preventive medicine.
2. courage n.
勇氣 (yong3 qi4)
例: The audience was touched by the courage-themed play.
3. mantle n.
職責；衣缽 (zhi2 ze2; yi1 bo1)
例: The second son has now assumed his father’s mantle.