: Some of y'all OLD SCHOOL MTOers remember way back in 2006 - when we broke the story of a member of the NJ Nets preparing to COME OUT THE CLOSET. Some folks said that we were just "MAKING IT UP." Well here is that report, in its entirety.
After we FIRST PUBLISHED the report, Jason Collins' people reached out to us - and asked us to NOT OUT HIM ON OUR SITE. We agreed - and that was that. For years people speculated WHICH player on the Nets was gay . . . and now THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS.
We're happy that Jason now is comfortable enough to live his life openly. Here is the MediaTakeOut.com EXCLUSIVE REPORT, from December 7, 2006.
December 7. The NBA is about to be rocked by one of the biggest scandals in league history. MediaTakeOut.com has learned that a prominent member of the New Jersey Nets has admitted to his family that he's bisexual.
In an exclusive interview, MediaTakeOut.com spoke with a friend of the family who claims the player "came out" during a recent trip home. According to our source, "when [the player] came out of the closet, everyone was shocked ... we would always see pictures of him with models. No one suspected that he was into men."
And what's more shocking, tells our source, is that the NBA player has entered into a romantic relationship with one of his childhood friends. The tipster explains, "the two boys were friends since childhood ... when [the player] went to the NBA, he brought along [the friend] as a personal assistant." The tipster added, "I don't know how to feel, I love them both but something doesn't seem right about them being together like that."
And the source tells MediaTakeOut.com that the NBA star's relationship with his former pal appears to be serious. The source explains, "[the player] could have kept it quiet and nobody would have suspected. He came out because he wanted us to accept his relationship." The source added, "those two have been friends for many years .. if their relationship is anything like their friendship, its got to be serious."
The NBA player, who is African American, has been linked to a number of women in the past - all of whom are Caucasian. He is also known for enjoying the night life.
For legal reasons, MediaTakeOut.com has decided not to print the name of the player.