A ‘Huge Weight Has Been Lifted’: Jason Collins Opens Up About Coming Out

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Just one day after his historic announcement, National Basketball Association free agent Jason Collins sat down with Good Morning America‘s George Stephanopoulos to talk about being the first openly gay player in a major team sport. The two talked about Collins’ long road that lead him to where he is, his decision to come out publicly and his new de facto charge as a role model to an entire community.

Asked about being the first, Collins said it was “kind of mind-boggling” that no one has come forward before him.

“I never set out to be the first,” Collins told Stephanopoulos. “Obviously you’re sort of waiting around for somebody else to, you know, raise their hand.”

The two also talked about stereotypes and changing people’s opinions about gay people. Collins, who has played in the NBA for 12 seasons, has more than 2,000 career personal fouls.

“You know what, I think that people like me are trying to rewrite that stereotype,” Collins said.

You can watch the full interview with Collins here.