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Jason Collins May Not Return To NBA Next Season

Jason Collins, the first openly gay athlete to play in the NBA, may officially be leaving professional basketball behind. Collins played the last part of the season with the Brooklyn Nets and is currently debating whether to try to return to the NBA next season.

He tells Gay Star News:

'I go back and forth on what my next steps will be,' Collins said at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association conference in Chicago on Saturday (23 August).

Collins, 35, said he will decide by late September whether or not he wants to resume training.

Not that he is letting himself get out of shape.

'I still run,' he said. 'I don't want to turn into Charles Barkley.'

But it doesn't appear Collins will be lacking in things to keep him occupied. The athlete has become a much sought after celebrity and has used his new role model status to benefit others. 

According to Gay Star News:

Since the season ended, he's been to Wimbledon, has been named to the President's Council on Fitness and Nutrition and done various speaking engagements.

He next plans to attend the US Open in New York, is doing an MSNBC appearance with Martina Navratilova and is also working with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

'I'm a gold platinum member on so many different airlines,' he jokes of his travel schedule. 'There's a lot of great stuff. I've been enjoying this summer.'

What do you think of Collins' potential retirement, Instincters? Think he'll come back?