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Old 04-29-2013, 10:18 AM   #1
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Default NBA center Jason Collins just came out

This story appears in the May 6, 2013, issue of Sports Illustrated.

I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay.

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. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, "I'm different." If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand.

My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons.

I've played for six pro teams and have appeared in two NBA Finals. Ever heard of a parlor game called Three Degrees of Jason Collins? If you're in the league, and I haven't been your teammate, I surely have been one of your teammates' teammates. Or one of your teammates' teammates' teammates.


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Bravo, @JasonCollins34! Thanks for stepping up. For standing tall. And at 7 feet, that's saying a lot.
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Congrats to 11-year NBA vet Jason Collins for taking the courageous step to come out as the first openly gay pro... fb.me/1GZD1C93A
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Much respect to my teammate @jasoncollins34 for being #real
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May today's voices of support offset the trepidation leading up to this day. In admiration of your courage @jasoncollins34.
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Very proud of and happy for one of the coolest and most down to earth guys I know @jasoncollins34. #Fwhatpplthink
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Really hope people will RESPECT Jason Collins for his decision to come out. Just glad he can now relax and not be afraid to be who he is.
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Played NBA +college w/ @Jasoncollins34 -tremendous human being and PHENOMENAL teammate, leader, friend.Look forward 2his continued success!
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Jason Collins much respect,Stay up my guy!
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@KDTrey5 on Jason Collins: "If he's happy, that's cool with me. Seems like a great guy ... I support him."
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Wow this is amazing all smiles.. So so happy Jason Collins came out & announce he was openly GAY ALL SUPPORT OVER HERE #ATHLETEALLY #LGBT
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Wow this is amazing all smiles.. So so happy Jason Collins came out & announce he was openly GAY ALL SUPPORT OVER HERE #ATHLETEALLY #LGBT
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Well done Jason Collins- you are a brave man. And a big man at that:) 1981 was the year for me- 2013 is the year for you:)
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It’s not easy to come out when one is still active- shouldn’t be an issue, but it is. That’s why so many don’t do it till after.
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The following statement is from Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld on behalf of the team:

“We are extremely proud of Jason and support his decision to live his life proudly and openly. He has been a leader on and off the court and an outstanding teammate throughout his NBA career. Those qualities will continue to serve him both as a player and as a positive role model for others of all sexual orientation.”

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Default Re: NBA center Jason Collins just came out

And where does the first negative tweet originate?

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NBA player Jason Collins made history Monday when became the first active professional athlete to come out of the closet.

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center," Collins began in an essay in this week's Sports Illustrated. "I'm black. And I'm gay."

Reaction to Collins' announcement has been overwhelmingly positive -- for the most part. Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace decided the time was right to share his opinion on the subject of homosexuality.

"I'm not bashing anybody don't have anything against anyone I just don't understand it," Wallace tweeted Monday. "All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH..."

Predictably, the tweet quickly was deleted. Wallace then went into damage control.
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Wallace is a twat who shouldn't tweet.
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Should this be in the Dolphins forum?

who gives a shit what Wallace says
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lol! I'd worry more about dropped balls than this, but still, if I was a player, I wouldn't touch the subject with a ten foot pole.
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lol! I'd worry more about dropped balls than this, but still, if I was a player, I wouldn't touch the subject with a ten foot pole.
or a ten inch pole...
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There's a thread in the other sports forum. Collins is sort of a half test given that he's 34 and a free agent. He may never play again. Someone under contract is more of a test but the reaction overall is encouraging.
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anything is better than what tim hardway said..

not saying i agree with wallace, but in the age of social media, no athletes standing behind their comments..

nothing he said was wrong, there are a ton of beautiful women in this world, thats a fact, and he doesnt get why dudes wanna mess with dudes, thats his opinion...


everyone is a bunch of softies when it comes to being polticially correct..



but it looks like the steelers lost their twitter guys, wallace, mendy
does clark and woodley still tweet?
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