NBA Players React To Jason Collins Coming Out

Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards just came out as gay in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated. Now the NBA world sounds off. posted on

1. Reaction from his team:

#Wizards" target="_blank">">#Wizards Statement "We are extremely proud of Jason & support his decision to live his life proudly and openly." More…" target="_blank">">…

2. The NBA:

NBA Commissioner David Stern statement re: Washington Wizards center Jason Collins announcement today: (1/4)

“As Adam Silver and I said to Jason, we have known the Collins family since Jason and Jarron joined the NBA in 2001 (2/4)

and they have been exemplary members of the NBA family. Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout (3/4)

his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue.” #NBAFamily" target="_blank">">#NBAFamily (4/4)

6. Fellow players, both active and former:

I am so proud of my bro @jasoncollins34" target="_blank">">@jasoncollins34 for being real. #FTheHaters" target="_blank">">#FTheHaters" target="_blank">">

Proud of @jasoncollins34." target="_blank">">@jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage" target="_blank">">#courage #support" target="_blank">">#support #mambaarmystandup" target="_blank">">#mambaarmystandup #BYOU" target="_blank">">#BYOU

Congratulations to Jason - society couldn't hope for a more eloquent & positive role model:" target="_blank">">

Great character from a great family! That's all that matters! @jasoncollins34" target="_blank">">@jasoncollins34 #respect" target="_blank">">#respect

Very proud of and happy for one of the coolest and most down to earth guys I know @jasoncollins34." target="_blank">">@jasoncollins34. #Fwhatpplthink" target="_blank">">#Fwhatpplthink

The time has come. Maximum respect. RT @Baron_Davis:" target="_blank">">@Baron_Davis: I am so proud of my bro @jasoncollins34" target="_blank">">@jasoncollins34 for being real. ..." target="_blank">">

12. His twin brother:…" target="_blank">">… very proud of you @jasoncollins34" target="_blank">">@jasoncollins34

You never know what a new day brings. Hope everyone has a good week and is able to handle the challenges and obstacles that they may face.

14. Athletes outside the NBA:

Big kudos to @JasonCollins34. Living proof that your sexuality has nothing to do with your athletic ability.…" target="_blank">">… #salute" target="_blank">">#salute

Congrats and its Great to see NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay, first active athlete in the USA big leagues!!! @StandUpFdn" target="_blank">">@StandUpFdn

By @jasoncollins34" target="_blank">">@jasoncollins34 opening doors & doing it his way on his time he has helped shape a more accepting America. May many more follow #courage" target="_blank">">#courage

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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