American retired basketball player Jason Collin was born on 2nd December 1978 in Los Angeles, CA. He has a younger twin brother named Jarron. Jason and his brother graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. During the high school days, the brother-duo got selected in the basketball team. Later, they attended the same university, Harvard-Westlake and continued playing basketball. They were coached by famous movie star Jason Segel, who led them to win a pair of California State Championships.
Jason Collins Comes Out As Gay
Jason was familiar with his sexuality from the very beginning. However, he was scared to talk about it to the world. He even wanted to participate in Boston's 2012 Gay Pride Parade. But, he didn't have enough courage to do so.
In 2013, something happened that changed Jason's perspective forever. Well, he was at the site where the devastating Boston Bombing took place on 15 April 2013. The incident made him realize the importance of life. And, it encouraged him to live his life to the fullest. So, he decided to stand for himself and be candid about his sexuality.
On 29 April 2013, he publicly confessed being gay and became the first gay athlete in the four North American Sports. But, the announcement came with a price. He faced a lot of backlashes and homophobic comments from his teammates.
Nevertheless, he was also supported by many people. He got encouragement and support from celebrities including Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jay Carney Lauded, and Former U.S president Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea.
Jason Collins' Partner, Dating?
Jason was in a relationship with Carolyn Moos, an American former collegiate and professional basketball player. They were together for eight years and were engaged. Most importantly, they were on the verge of getting married. But, Jason called off their wedding in 2009 without any explanation. The breakup broke Carolyn's heart as she was fully prepared to be married and have a happy family life with him as husband and wife.
Jason Collin's ex-fiance Carolyn Moos (Photo: dailymail.co.uk)
After calling off the wedding, Jason was spotted with his partner, Brunson Green in 2014. They were reportedly dating as Brunson Green via an interview with The Hollywood Reporter confirmed dating Jason. But, since then, they have not shed any comment on their relationship.
Jason Collins Salary, Net Worth
His actual height is 6-11½, but being a basketball player, he likes to be known as a 7 feet tall man.
Being qualified in height and healthy weight of 255 pounds, he got selected at the NBA as a defender. However, he couldn't gain limelight as a star, as he scored average points in his game. Nevertheless, he played as a defender at NBA for seven years.
He even won the prestigious Pete Newell Big Man Award during his rookie season with the New Jersey Nets. Later, he was substituted to Memphis Grizzlies. He also played with Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, and Washington Wizards. From his basketball career, he used to earn an average salary of $271,669.
Jason retired from his basketball career at the age of 36. Them, he started serving as Ambassador for LGBT acceptance in sports. Jason participates in various team events including The Sky’s diversity and inclusion. With his career, he has made a net worth $16 million.