NBA veteran Jason Collins reveals he’s gay, gets support from LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant

Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press, via Philstar.com, reports that on Monday, April 29, NBA veteran Jason Collins first-person article was posted on Sports Illustrated’s website. Collins began his article with three simple statements: "I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay." The report noted that "Collins set aside years of worry and silence to become the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay."

Great response. Aside from Kobe Bryant, celebrities such as Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Clinton, Awayne johnson, and others have praised Jason Collins for his courageous move.

 

Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press, via Philstar.com, reports that on Monday, April 29, NBA veteran Jason Collins first-person article was posted on Sports Illustrated’s website. Collins began his article with three simple statements: "I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay." The report noted that "Collins set aside years of worry and silence to become the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay." The report noted: "Collins has played for six teams in 12 seasons, most recently as a reserve with the Washington Wizards after a midseason trade from the Boston Celtics. He is now a free agent and wants to keep playing in the NBA."

 

Collins wrote further: "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."

 

Collins said he’s aware that he may get heckled by some spectators. "I don’t mind if they heckle me. I’ve been booed before. There have been times when I’ve wanted to boo myself. But a lot of ill feelings can be cured by winning. I hope fans will respect me for raising my hand," he said.

 

Collins’ colleagues have expressed their support, In fact, according to the report, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant tweeted that he was proud of Collins, writing: "Don’t suffocate who (you are) because of the ignorance of others."

 

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