NBA Star Comes Out 12:16am May 01, 2013 NBA player Jason Collins is the first professional athlete to announce he is gay. He played with the Boston Celtics (2012-2013). He now plays with the Washington Wizards. wikimedia Monday April 29, NBA player Jason Collins became the first athlete from a major team sport to announce he is gay. But WFDD’s guest sports commentator Dave Goren says it's no big deal.