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.

1. Reaction from his team:

2. The NBA:

6. Fellow players, both active and former:

I am so proud of my bro @jasoncollins34 for being real. #FTheHaters

— Baron_Davis (@Baron Davis)

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

— kobebryant (@Kobe Bryant)

Congratulations to Jason - society couldn't hope for a more eloquent & positive role model:

— JohnAmaechi (@John Amaechi OBE)

Great character from a great family! That's all that matters! @jasoncollins34 #respect

— Earl_Watson (@Earl J Watson)

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

— dwilkins3000 (@Damien Wilkins)

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

— SteveNash (@Steve Nash)

12. His twin brother: very proud of you @jasoncollins34

— jarronctwin (@jarron collins)

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.

— jarronctwin (@jarron collins)

14. Athletes outside the NBA:

Big kudos to @JasonCollins34. Living proof that your sexuality has nothing to do with your athletic ability. #salute

— ChrisWarcraft (@Chris Kluwe)

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

— RugbyBenCohen (@Ben Cohen)

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

— brendon310 (@Brendon Ayanbadejo)

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:)

— Martina (@Martina Navratilova)

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Sarah Karlan is the associate LGBT editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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