UPDATE March 26: Jason Collins tweeted Thursday evening that he and his partner are showing signs of improvement:
Day 15 since our symptoms first appeared— @BrunsonGreen & I are feeling a lot better. We’re still dealing with some symptoms but they’re much more manageable now. Thank you again for all the well wishes & ❤️. If you’re battling #COVID19, keep hope & keep fighting.— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) March 26, 2020
Jason Collins has tested positive for COVID-19, the gay former NBA player posted on social media earlier today.
I tested positive for COVID19. I believe I got it while on a trip to NYC at the beginning of the month for the Brooklyn Nets Pride night game. I had my first symptoms on Wed Mar 11. Terrible headache. A few days later I had a fever and then the cough.— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) March 24, 2020
Collins also shared that his partner, Hollywood producer Brunson Green, is dealing with the disease.
In his Twitter thread, the former Brooklyn Net said he believes he contracted the coronavirus while on a trip to New York City for the Brooklyn Nets Pride Night. At least four current Nets players have tested positive for COVID-19. Honored at that Nets Pride Night was Amazin LeThi, who has not shared any news of whether she has tested positive for the disease.
People across the sports world and LGBTQ community have shared their love and support for Collins:
Thinking of you and praying for a speedy recovery! ❤️— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) March 24, 2020
Get better soon! We need you out there on the front lines!— Anthony Nicodemo ️ (@coachNicodemo) March 24, 2020
Good luck Jason. I will be thinking about you.— James Blake (@JRBlake) March 24, 2020
The virus and disease are affecting all corners of society, and we know more LGBTQ athletes will be dealing with this in the coming days and weeks. All of us at Outsports are wishing Jason and Brunson, as well as everyone affected by the disease, good health and a speedy recovery.