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Charles Barkley: “Of course” I played with a gay teammate

May 7, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

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Jason Collins made big news as the first active NBA player to come out of the closet as a gay man.

But if you think he’s the first gay NBA player — or the first gay player that most NBA players have had on their team at some level — you are naive.

Charles Barkley owned up to that on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday and said it’s no big deal. He sounds like the majority of NBA players I have heard from on this issue, they just want to know if he can play.

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