NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out

By |2013-05-02T09:00:00-04:00May 2nd, 2013|Opinions, Viewpoints|

“Congrats Mr. Collins on your courage to come out, you have helped paved the way for others – homophobia is dead in sports – I hope!”
Larry King, CNN Commentator

“I hope Jason is received well by our NBA family. Jason is a friend and a former teammate that I’ve enjoyed many laughs and conversations with and his sexual orientation won’t change that with me. I’ve already reached out to him personally to show support and will encourage more guys to do the same.”
Jerry Stackhouse, NBA Brooklyn Nets guard and former teammate of Collins

“Character is found in those who lead. I am so proud of my friend, Jason Collins, for showing all of us what leadership looks like.”
Shaquille O’Neal, former NBA star center

“Hey Jason Collins – you are now an activist!!! And trust me, you will sleep a lot better now- freedom is a sweet feeling indeed!”
Marina Navratilova, tennis legend who publicly came out as lesbian in 1981

We salute you, Jason Collins for your courage and leadership. Any time you want to throw out a first pitch at Fenway Park, let us know.
Boston Red Sox Official Twitter

“Jason Collins showed a lot of courage today and I respect him for taking a stand and choosing to live in his truth.”
Dwayne Wade, superstar of the NBA’s Miami Heat

“Jason Collins has announced that he is gay. I know Jason and his family well and I support him 100 percent.”
Earvin Magic Johnson

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