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Reports of Jason Collins’ Book Deal Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Though a memoir of the first openly gay male athlete on a professional sports team is probably inevitable, it’s not happening anytime soon, according to that openly gay male athlete.

Jason Collins tweeted on Monday:

According to the AP, three publishing houses had been contacted about a planned Collins memoir with Sports Illustrated writer Franz Linz ,who broke the NBA vet’s coming-out story. At least one of the publishers had turned down the book, said one official speaking on the condition of anonymity, citing the extensive media coverage that left little to be told about Collins.

Collins’s agent, Arn Tellem, said they’ve been “inundated with all kinds of requests and various opportunities but as of now have not had any discussions on behalf of Jason regarding a potential book deal because Jason has yet to decide if he wants to write a book.” Tellem added that he is more concerned with getting Collins on another team as he becomes a free agent on July 1.

Meanwhile, among the various opportunities Jason Collins has been inundated with: headlining the Democratic National Committee’s annual LGBT gala with bff Michelle Obama.

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           May 8, 2013
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