Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – An NBA center announced on Monday that he has come out of the closet.
The cover of Sports Illustrated
on Monday revealed on the publication's website features a picture of 34-year-old Jason Collins and the title “The Gay Athlete.”
The issue is set to hit newsstands on May 6.
The 7-foot center details the circumstances surrounding his decision in a post on the publication's website
According to CNN, the disclosure makes Collins the first openly gay athlete in the four major American professional sports.
The journeyman center, who played at Stanford and has been on six professional teams, finished this past season with the Washington Wizards.
Collins indicates in his article on the website that he first began to consider revealing his sexuality in 2011.
To read Collins’ statement, visit the publication’s website