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Jason Collins announces his retirement from the NBA
Jason Collins announces his retirement from the NBA

Jason Collins is out. The 13-year NBA veteran became the league's first openly gay active player when he signed with the Brooklyn Nets in February, almost a year after he came out publicly in an open letter published in Sports Illustrated. And as of Wednesday, Collins is bowing out of the sport he says saved him. He made the announcement in an article simply called "Out," which he wrote as a special correspondent for The Players Tribune website. "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. "I needed to live the...

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