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Collins to sit down with Stephanopoulos

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By Greg Connors

It didn't take long for Jason Collins to agree to his first TV interview.

The NBA free agent, in a story published online today by Sports Illustrated, became the first active male player in a major team sport to announce that he is gay.

News came this afternoon that Collins' first TV chat since his revelation will be with George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America."

In a Mixed Media column this month, I had speculated about who might do the first interview when this sort of story broke. In my mock broadcaster draft, I had Bob Costas, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts on my board.

I whiffed on the Stephanopoulos pick. I guess I overlooked the intangibles of the former White House aide, and the guy does have a great motor.

Collins' story is very much worth reading. A quote on his coming out:

"I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, 'I'm different.' If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand."

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Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.

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