A huge step in pro sports happened today as NBAer Jason Collins came out as the first active gay athlete, according to Sports Illustrated. Several sports figures took to Twitter to show their support for Collins’.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 29, 2013
— Baron Davis (@BaronDavis) April 29, 2013
Happy for @jasoncollins34 – a thoughtful guy + beloved teammate, and now, a role model for so many struggling to come out. Good luck to him.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) April 29, 2013
— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) April 29, 2013
— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) April 29, 2013
— Brendon Ayanbadejo (@brendon310) April 29, 2013
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) April 29, 2013
— Earl J Watson (@Earl_Watson) April 29, 2013
— jarron collins (@jarronctwin) April 29, 2013
. Props! @jasoncollins34
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) April 29, 2013
So proud of @jasoncollins34 for having the courage to stand up and out for who he is. I support, respect and salute you!!
— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) April 29, 2013
— Isiah Thomas (@iamisiahthomas) April 29, 2013
Here’s a part of Sports Illustrated‘s quote from Collins:
I realized I needed to go public when Joe Kennedy, my old roommate at Stanford and now a Massachusetts congressman, told me he had just marched in Boston’s 2012 Gay Pride Parade. I’m seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I was proud of him for participating but angry that as a closeted gay man I couldn’t even cheer my straight friend on as a spectator. If I’d been questioned, I would have concocted half truths. What a shame to have to lie at a celebration of pride. I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. I want to take a stand and say, “Me, too.”