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Billy King releases statement on Jason Collins

Jeff Zelevansky

With the news today of former-Net Jason Collins coming out as gay, Brooklyn's GM Billy King chimed in and released a statement on Collins being the first active openly gay athlete.

From King:

"Jason Collins was a vital member of the New Jersey Nets for six and a half years, and as an executive with a competing NBA team, I always respected the standard he set for team play and the example he set for the league in playing with integrity and purpose. He exemplifies everything we look for in players, and for those players and associates within our organization, our primary focus is creating the most accepting and respectful environment for everyone to succeed."

Nothing earth-shattering there, but a nice comment nonetheless.

Collins was with the Nets from 2001-08, having his best season as a pro with the 2004-05 New Jersey Nets.