Earlier this week, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio officially entered Brooklyn’s Barclays Center into consideration to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. It’s an idea that Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins can get behind:
“That’d be awesome,” Collins said at an event Monday. “It’s a fantastic venue that hosts obviously the Nets, but a wide array of events and I’d think it’d be a lot of fun to see the DNC there.”
Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA said the Brooklyn arena, which opened in 2012 and will be submitted as a bid for DNC, is a “great venue.”
via Politico — Jason Collins: DNC in Brooklyn ‘awesome’
The Nets signed Collins on February 24th, making him the first active openly gay athlete in NBA history. He played 22 games for the Nets, averaging 1.1 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. He is an unrestricted free agent, and will likely retire to pursue other interests, possibly politics. Collins is a friend of presidential daughter Chelsea Clinton and Massachusetts Democratic congressional representative Joe Kennedy, both of whom he went to Stanford with. Kennedy as his roommate.