Jason Collins Signs Second 10-Day Contract to Remain With NetsMason Levinson
Center Jason Collins signed a second 10-day contract to remain with the Brooklyn Nets.
Collins, who on Feb. 23 became the first openly gay active athlete in major U.S. sports when he signed a 10-day contract with the National Basketball Association team, was re-signed to a second and final such deal, the Nets said in a statement. The team would have to sign him for the rest of the season or release him when this contract expires.
Collins, 35, has played five games for the Nets this season, scoring three points and grabbing five rebounds in 36 minutes. A 13-year NBA veteran, he has averaged 3.6 points and 3.7 rebounds during his career.
Jerseys or t-shirts with Collins’s No. 98 were four of the top five selling items on the NBA online store as of Feb. 26. The league said it will donate all proceeds from the sale of the jerseys. Collins said he chose No. 98 to commemorate Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in 1998 because he was gay.