12:59 PM EDT 05/06/2013
Originally posted 04/30/2013 08:45AM
Yes, Jason Collins feels a certain amount of pride. But he also feels enormous relief.
"I know that I, right now, am the happiest I've ever been in my life," the NBA player, who this week became the first openly gay athlete in a major U.S. team sport, tells ABC News.
"A huge weight has been lifted. I've already been out to my family and my friends, but just to, you know, sort of rip the Band-Aid off and come out on my own terms … I hope that every player makes a decision that leads to their own happiness."
Originally posted 04/29/2013 11:40AM
NBA center Jason Collins set an historical precedent Monday, coming out as gay in Sports Illustrated.
"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," Collins, states in the cover story of the latest SI (which, like PEOPLE, is published by Time Inc.). "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."
Insisting it was not his desire to be "the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, 'I'm different,' " Collins, who's a free agent and has played for six pro teams and appeared in two NBA Finals, goes on to say: "If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand."
Originally posted 02/17/2013 04:00PM
Skin is in when it comes to being a Sports Illustrated model – and who better to show off a sexy wardrobe than the ladies themselves?
Chrissy Teigen, 27, – who recently gave PEOPLE.com a behind-the-scenes look at her trip-planning prep to Vegas – also gave viewers a peek into fellow SI model, Alyssa Miller's closet.
"Her style is impeccable, flawless and I can't wait to see what's in her closet," Teigen says before introducing Miller, 22.
Originally posted 02/15/2013 10:15AM
We're exhausted just thinking about the model's grueling workouts
Originally posted 02/13/2013 10:10PM
Originally posted 02/12/2013 07:00AM
Kate Upton's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover is very hot – but during her photo shoot in Antarctica, all the model could think about was the freezing cold.
"It was definitely the hardest shoot I've ever done," Upton, 20, tells PEOPLE. "The best as well – Antarctica is one of the most beautiful place I've ever been to. But I'm from Florida, so it was pretty painful."
The pain paid off, however: the perfect shot earned Upton her second consecutive SI cover, a distinction not seen since Tyra Banks covered back-to-back issues in 1996 and 1997.
Originally posted 02/09/2013 09:30AM
Brrr ... that's hot!
For the second year in a row, model Kate Upton appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue, which goes on sale Tuesday.
The magazine shared the news – and that steamy photo – via Twitter on Friday night, writing, "POLAR BARE: @KateUpton in Antarctica is your 2013 SI Swimsuit Cover Model!"
And unlike last year, this time around Upton, 20, is slightly more covered up – OK, not really – in her Antarctica-themed shoot. The cover finds the model posing in a white Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber jacket, unzipped, with a fur hood and bikini bottom on a boat.
Originally posted 12/03/2012 10:00AM
All hail King James!
LeBron James is Sports Illustrated's 2012 Sportsman of the Year.
"He was the most dominant athlete this year – MVP of the NBA regular season, MVP of the NBA playoffs, led the Heat to the NBA championship and Team USA to the gold medal in London," Paul Fichtenbaum, Editor of Time Inc.'s Sports Group tells PEOPLE.
At just 27, the eight-time NBA All-Star and former all-time leading scorer of the Cleveland Cavaliers joins athletes including his teammate Dwayne Wade, Brett Favre, Michael Phelps, Derek Jeter and Drew Brees.
Originally posted 02/26/2012 03:10PM
That must be some burger!
Sports Illustrated's 2012 Swimsuit Issue cover girl Kate Upton is turning up the heat – big time! – in a new ad for Carl's Jr.
The fast food chain, which has a history of getting attractive women to seductively sink their teeth into its burgers (and salads!), has hired Upton, 19, to promote its new Southwest Patty Melts.
In the ad, Upton seems to enjoy the sandwich – a lot – as she crawls around her convertible, breaking a sweat and removing her lingerie at a drive-in movie theater.
Originally posted 02/24/2012 03:20PM
Kate Upton take note: Kathy Ireland has gone from Sports Illustrated cover girl to richest model in the world.
Ireland, 48, was on the coveted SI swim issue cover three times in her career, and went on to launch an empire, worth an estimated $350 million, according to Forbes.
Considered the richest supermodel in the world right now by CelebrityNetWorth.com, Ireland is "a bigger licensor than the formidable Martha Stewart," Forbes notes.
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