Jason Collins was a member of the Washington Wizards this season, after he was traded there by the Boston Celtics in February and has recently come out publicly and announced he is gay. He is the first openly gay male athlete in American pro sports.
Jon Wertheim, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated sat with Collins to get his story and help put it in Collins’ own words. Wertheim joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to discuss what is was like working on this big story.
They discussed Collins’ thoughts on being the first gay athlete to come out publicly. Was he aware of the things that would follow the announcement?
They talked about keeping this story a secret until Collins was ready. Was there fear the story might get leaked or that Collins would change his mind?
Has Wertheim or SI received any calls from other athletes about wanting to come out?