Jason Collins, who had two stints with the Nets — one historic, disclosed Tuesday that he has coronavirus. In a series of tweets, he detailed his symptoms and that he thinks he may have contracted the disease in New York which he visited as part of the Nets Pride Night celebration on March 4.
Collins, of course, was a big part of the Nets two title runs in the early 2000s, then in 2013, came out as a gay American in an interview with Sports Illustrated. The Nets signed him in 2014, making Collins the first openly gay to play in any of the four major team leagues. He has since become a national advocate for gay and other human rights.
I tested positive for COVID19. I believe I got it while on a trip to NYC at the beginning of the month for the Brooklyn Nets Pride night game. I had my first symptoms on Wed Mar 11. Terrible headache. A few days later I had a fever and then the cough.— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) March 24, 2020
Please stay safe and continue to social distance. Thank you to every single health care worker out there that are our true heroes on the frontline. Please let’s try to flatten the curve & not overwhelm our health care system.— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) March 24, 2020
Thank you for all the well wishes. Deeply grateful for the ❤️. Also battling #COVID19 is my partner, @BrunsonGreen. He’s doing better today, but we’re still not out of the woods yet. We’re continuing to self isolate in our home.— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) March 24, 2020
Collins is the first former Net to have disclosed he has the virus. Four Nets, including Kevin Durant, tested positive for the virus. The Nets have not disclosed the health status of the four, one of whom was symptomatic.
- Former Nets center Jason Collins has coronavirus - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News