(CNN) - It's the biggest move of his career and it's off the court.
Jason Collins, who played with the NBA's Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards this season, has disclosed that he is gay, making him the first active openly gay male athlete in the four major American pro team sports.
The center, who said he is now a free agent, made the disclosure in a column appearing in the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated.
"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," he wrote.
Collins also wrote that the killing of three people at the Boston Marathon persuaded him to make an announcement. Things can change in a moment, so why not starting living more truthfully, he wrote.
This morning on "Early Start," ESPN's "Mike and Mike" co-hosts Mike Greenberg & Mike Golic weigh in on NBA player Jason Collins announcing he is gay.
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(CNN) - Federal agents are looking into possible links between dead Boston Marathon bomb suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a Canadian boxer-turned-jihadist killed by Russian troops in 2012, a source being briefed on the investigation said Monday.
William Plotnikov and six others died in a firefight with Russian forces in the southwestern republic of Dagestan in July 2012, while Tsarnaev was visiting the region, the source said. The 23-year-old Plotnikov was born in Russia, but his family moved to Canada when he was a teenager.
The source said Plotnikov's body was prepared for burial by a local imam on July 14. Tsarnaev flew out of Dagestan two days later, arriving in New York on July 17. Investigators are looking into the possibility he left because of Plotnikov's death, the source said.
This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Phil Black reports on possible links between Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Canadian boxer-turned-jihadist William Plotnikov.
CNN's Christine Romans on if NBA player Jason Collins will enjoy increased marketability after announcing he is gay.
CNN's Pamela Brown on latest condition of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in jail and a new focus in investigation of Boston bombings.
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In developments Monday in the Boston marathon bombing investigation, Russian special forces killed two members of a jihadist group during an early morning raid in Dagestan, a semi-autonomous republic in southern Russia, two Russian police sources told CNN.
One of those killed, Shakhrudin Askhabov, was a close associate of Abu Dujan, the islamist group's leader.
Nick Paton Walsh reports on the death of Shakhrudin Askhabov, a close associate of Abu Dujan, and possible 'tangential links' to Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Imagine: You're fresh out of college or maybe even still in college. Tou get your first job offer, and low and behold your starting salary is $93,500.
What college major led to that amazing starting salary?
On "Early Start," CNN's Christine Romans reports on a new survey from the Nat. Assoc. of Colleges and Employers lists the best paying college majors for the class of 2013.