Jason Collins

Jason Collins. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Collins To Become 1st Openly Gay Player In The NBA

-Jason Collins became the NBA’s first active openly gay player Sunday, signing a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

02/23/2014

Michael Sam. (Getty Images)

Bernstein: Ten Months Have Mattered

Michael Sam hasn’t faced the same venom Jason Collins did, and that’s a beautiful development.

670 The Score–02/11/2014

Jason C. Collins is charged with drunk driving in a crash that killed a Pontiac police officer, and his K-9 partner along Interstate 55. (Credit: Illinois State Police)

Driver Charged With DUI In Crash That Killed Downstate Cop, Police Dog

Jason Collins, 33, allegedly was driving under the influence when his pickup left the road and struck a marked police car in the center crossover on I-55 north of Route 23 about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

11/01/2013

Tennis Hall of Fame recipients Billie Jean King (R) and Martina Navratilova hold a miniature Wimbledon trophy. Each woman has won a record 20 titles in singles and doubles tennis at Wimbledon.  Tennis Hall of Fame recipients Billie Jean King (R) and Martina Navratilova hold a (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

LGBT Sports Hall Of Fame To Open In Chicago

It’s the first hall of fame – at least on a national scale – to recognize LGBT athletes and their supporters.

08/02/2013

Jason Collins. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Jason Collins’ Ex-Fiancé: ‘I Had No Idea’

When NBA center Jason Collins came out of the closet in April, the announcement hit especially close to home for one person in particular – his ex-fiance, Carolyn Moos.

07/08/2013

City officials estimated 850,000 people attended the Chicago Pride Parade on June 24, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Photo: NFLPA Now Selling ‘LGBT Pride’ T-Shirts

The winds of change appear to be blowing among professional sports.

CBS Chicago–06/12/2013

Jason Collins.  (Photo by Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images)

Photo: Twin Brother Of Jason Collins Sports ‘I’m The Straight One’ Shirt

Since coming out as the NBA’s first openly gay player, Jason Collins’ life has been a whirlwind.

CBS Chicago–05/16/2013

Jason Collins.  (Photo by Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images)

ESPN President: We Should Have Been ‘More Careful With Chris Broussard’

On the same day NBA center Jason Collins came out of the closet as a gay man, ESPN’s Chris Broussard made his feelings on homosexuality known.

670 The Score–05/14/2013

Jason Collins. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Baffoe: Why Some Athletes Are Homophobes

In much the same way rule changes have been implemented in youth sports to make them safer in hopes the grown-up games evolve—changing a culture of violence in hockey, for example—the prejudicial culture in sports needs to change from early on.

CBS Chicago–05/10/2013

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley: ‘Everybody Has Played With A Gay Guy’

A week after Jason Collins came out as the first active gay player in the NBA, Charles Barkley said Tuesday on The Dan Patrick Show that he played with gay teammates.

CBS Chicago–05/07/2013

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Resolution Urges Sports Commissioners To Support LGBT Athletes

The Council’s Human Relations Committee wants to encourage athletes to be comfortable acknowledging their sexual orientation, as the NBA’s Jason Collins has.

05/07/2013

Jason Collins.  (Photo by Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images)

Westboro Baptist Church To Protest Thursday’s Bulls Game

When NBA center Jason Collins came out of the closet on Monday, the 34-year-old veteran received a flurry of criticism and support.

CBS Chicago–05/01/2013

Leroy Butler. (Tom Hauck /Allsport)

Wisconsin Church Cancels Leroy Butler Speech After He Supports Jason Collins

Former Packers safety Leroy Butler was scheduled to speak at a Wisconsin church this week, but that engagement was abruptly called off after he congratulated NBA player Jason Collins for revealing his homosexuality.

CBS Chicago–05/01/2013

Gary Bettman. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Bernstein: Gay-Affirming NHL Way Ahead Of The Game

When it comes to acceptance of gay players, the NHL is already way ahead of the NBA.

CBS Chicago–05/01/2013

Jason Collins.  (Photo by Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images)

ESPN’s Broussard Stands By Anti-Gay Comments

In the wake of NBA center Jason Collins publicly coming out of the closet on Monday, many sports pundits offered their views on homosexuality.

CBS Chicago–04/30/2013

Barack Obama (Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

Obama Calls Collins, Offers Support On Coming Out

A groundbreaking pronouncement from NBA veteran Jason Collins — “I’m gay” — reverberated Monday through Washington, generating accolades from lawmakers on Twitter and a supportive phone call from President Barack Obama.

CBS Chicago–04/30/2013

Jason Collins. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Head Of Local Gay Sports Group Cheers Jason Collins’ Decision

Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association President Brian Kupersmit says Jason Collins announcement has changed the face of sports.

04/29/2013

Jason Collins. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NBA Center Jason Collins Comes Out As Gay

In a feature piece from Sports Illustrated, Wizards center Jason Collins admitted he is gay.

CBS Chicago–04/29/2013