NBA center Jason Collins has announced himself as the first ever openly gay male athlete actively playing in a professional U.S. sports league — news that is receiving much fanfare, but also some criticism from observers who say this isn’t quite precedent setting."I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation," wrote the 12-year-league veteran in a Sports Illustrated article published online Monday morning. "I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand."

NBA center Jason Collins has announced himself as the first ever openly gay male athlete actively playing in a professional U.S. sports league — news that is receiving much fanfare, but also some criticism from observers who say this isn’t quite precedent setting.

"I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation," wrote the 12-year-league veteran in a Sports Illustrated article published online Monday morning. 

"I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand."

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