First openly gay NBA player Jason Collins traveled to UF to demonstrate and show his support for Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton on Friday, September 30. His message was that the public needs to vote, and he explained how important even one person’s effort is in this election all while sharing his opinion of the two candidates. Collins stressed that this election should be taken seriously, and reminded them all that the last day to register to vote is October 11.
The California native got his basketball career started when he played for Stanford between the years of 1997-2001. Collins then entered the 2001 NBA Draft and was selected as the 18th overall pick by the Houston Rockets but was traded to the New York Nets where he played for his first seven professional seasons. Over his time in the NBA he also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards and the Brooklyn Nets. Collins has a twin brother, Jarron, who was a professional basketball player as well.
Collins recently went to UF to share his opinion on who he believes should win the election, and described Clinton as a “trailblazer” who he thinks could do a better job of running the country.
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Watch Jason Collins Speaking on Oprah About his Announcement: