At 7 feet tall, Jason Collins never found it easy to hide. Not when he walked the streets of Boston. Or towered over the crowds at the city’s swanky nightspots. Or ran the parquet floor for the Celtics under the bright lights at TD Garden, a million-dollar NBA center trapped in a double life.
Collins remembers the burden of having to present himself as one of the guys, no different from other professional athletes — hiding the fact that he is gay. It was, he says, as if he had to press a personal “censor button” whenever he was with others.