Jason Collins becomes 1st openly gay NBA player with the Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, right, is congratulated by fans after they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. Brooklyn won 108-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (2/24/14)

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN - Sunday night was a historic night in sports, as Jason Collins became the first openly gay athlete in the four major US sports. 

Collins, 35, came out in a Sports Illustrated interview last spring, but was a free agent at the time. He signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets Sunday and made his debut that night in Los Angeles as the Nets defeated the Lakers. 

Collins previously spent seven seasons for the Nets in the early 2000s when they were still in New Jersey, playing alongside current coach Jason Kidd.

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Collins will make his Brooklyn debut at the Barclays Center March 3, when the Nets play the Chicago Bulls.

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