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Jason Collins’ Aunt Responds To Her Nephew Coming Out

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In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, NBA free agent, Jason Collins, revealed that he is gay. It was in that same interview that Collins shared that he first came out to his aunt, Terri L. Jackson … the first African-American woman to serve as a superior court judge in San Francisco.

On Monday afternoon, Jackson held a press conference in San Francisco to discuss her nephew’s revelation. “This is history … it’s the first active player to come out and he still wants to play. I’m very proud of him,” Terri shared. “I told Jason whatever he wanted to do, he is a grown intelligent man, and I had his back no matter what,” she added.

Terri shared that she was not fortunate enough to have children, but her sister and brother-in-law allowed her to be a big part of Jason and his twin brother Jarron’s lives. “His coming out to me, I’m glad I was there for him. One day he was talking and he just acknowledged it. It was a comfort level that he felt secure to talk about it,” Judge Jackson explained.

And as for what advice Terri gave the NBA free agent. “To be Jason. He has respect among his team players. Don’t let this define him. He did not become a great basketball player because of sexual orientation,” Jackson explained.

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