By Nir Z.
Earlier today Jason Collins came out as the first openly gay player of the North American “Big 4” sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL). While other retired athletes have come out in the past few years, he is the first of those 4 major North American leagues to come out while still playing. Unless you’re a devoted NBA fan, Jason Collins’ name probably meant nothing to you before today. He’s not Kobe Bryant. He’s not LeBron James. He’s most certainly not Michael Jordan. He’s Jason Collins – a journeyman center who’s career can only be defined as “serviceable” (at best) to this point. For years now he’s toiled in relative obscurity – a player many hardcore NBA fans forgot was even still in the league. Until today.