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Athletes out of the closet but prejudice lingers

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US basketball player Jason Collins joins a growing list of athletes to publicly declare their homosexuality but fear and suspicion remain, notably in the "world game" of football, about gay players, despite changing social attitudes and initiatives to combat homophobia. 

Jason Collins reacts to a foul call on June 13, 2003 during the NBA Finals in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Collins said in an interview broadcast Tuesday he's never been happier after his ground-breaking announcement that he is gay, and hopes other pro athletes will now come out, too.

Collins, 34, made the announcement on Monday in an article on Sports Illustrated magazine's website, making him the first active player in the top-flight NBA to reveal that he is gay.

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