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Monday, July 15, 2013
Jason Collins becomes first active NBA player to come out
After Collins become the first active NBA player to come out, the Internet scrambled to learn everything they could about him. Sports Illustrated soon unearthed a photo of Collins standing two spots apart from Segel in their 1996 high school team photo. (Collins' twin brother, NBA veteran Jarron Collins, is in between them.)
While Collins' talent was apparent even back then, according to a 1996 Los Angeles Times article, Segel also made quite a name for himself on the court.
Not only did he entertain with his Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kermit the Frog impressions, but Segel earned the nickname "Doctor Dunk" after completing a two-handed dunk with the front of his jersey pulled over his head. "I'm not nearly as skilled a basketball player as some of the other guys. But I have a lot of bravado," Segel told the paper in 1996.