The recently out NBA center and his twin brother Jarron will be guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on May 15. Jason Collins became the first openly gay NBA player when he came out in a Sports Illustrated article last week. ABC is cornering the market on Collins: Good Morning America landed the first TV interview with the free agent last Tuesday, and now Kimmel is his first late-night stop. Of course, ABC and ESPN have a lucrative NBA deal — and Kimmel does primetime specials during the NBA Finals — so these tie-ups are no accident. (Can we take bets on Dancing With The Stars yet?) Collins’ story has rippled in other ways throughout the media world, including forcing ESPN to apologize for negative comments made by ESPN’s NBA writer Chris Broussard immediately after the story broke and a botched post from The Daily Beast media critic Howie Kurtz that eventually led to his dismissal.
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