Jason Collins, the NBA center who recently announced he is gay, is denying reports of seeking a book deal despite stories from publishing insiders.
On Monday, three publishing houses told The Associated Press that they had been contacted about a memoir from the 34-year-old athlete centered on becoming the first active player in professional sports to come out. Officials reportedly spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the proceedings.
Sources allege that Collins was working on the memoir with Sports Illustrated‘s Franz Lids, who broke the story, but was turned down by at least one publisher who believed the story had been thoroughly covered by the media.
But Collins says the claims are simply not true.
“Contrary to Sportscenter reports, I have no current plans to write any books. Sorry to disappoint my literary loving fans,” he tweeted Monday.
Arn Tellem, Collins’ agent, also shot down the rumors in a statement:
“As you can imagine, we’ve been inundated with all kinds of requests and various opportunities, but as of now have not had any discussions on behalf of Jason regarding a potential book deal because Jason has yet to decide if he wants to write a book. Right now my focus is preparing for Jason’s upcoming free agency and securing the best opportunity for him to continue his career.”
Later this month, Collins will headline the Democratic National Committee’s annual LGBT gala.