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Collins' new life no different for Nets

Jason Collins checked in to an appropriate applause in Sunday's historic debut

Updated: February 24, 2014, 12:24 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNNewYork.com

LOS ANGELES -- There were never going to be any boos when Jason Collins returned to the court as the first openly gay professional athlete in North America's four major sports. Twitter is one thing.

Hate and prejudice thrive behind the anonymity of social networking. In public, those voices stay silent though.

The real question was whether Collins would be applauded by the masses the first time he played, and it was answered by the fans in Los Angeles Sunday night when Collins checked ...

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