Jason Collins, the first gay athlete in any of the four major sports in the United States, has seen a lot of support from his fellow NBA players on Twitter.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 29, 2013
Collins has been in the NBA for 12 years and has played for numerous teams. He once joked that you could play “Six Degrees of Jason Collins.” Collins said: “If you’re in the league, and I haven’t been your teammate, I surely have been one of your teammates’ teammates. Or one of your teammates’ teammates’ teammates.”
Collins was also praised by Doc Rivers.
Doc Rivers: “I am extremely happy and proud of Jason Collins. He’s a pro’s pro.” Read Doc’s full statement: on.nba.com/15UPgaR
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 29, 2013
The 12-year NBA veteran was also praised by commissioner David Stern.
NBA Commissioner David Stern statement re: Washington Wizards center Jason Collins announcement today: (1/4)
— NBA (@NBA) April 29, 2013
“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) — NBA (@NBA) April 29, 2013
and they have been exemplary members of the NBA family. Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout (3/4) — NBA (@NBA) April 29, 2013
his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue.” #NBAFamily (4/4)
— NBA (@NBA) April 29, 2013
Collins’ announcement today is a big step forward for the LGBT community. The sports world has been plagued with homophobia for years but that barrier has now been broken. After Collins’ announcement, players from around the league vocalized their support.
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) April 29, 2013
Of course, NBA players aren’t the only ones proud of Jason Collins today. The 12-year center has also received messages of support form movie stars like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, politicians like Nancy Pelosi, and athletes like Michael Strahan.
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
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 29, 2013
.@jasoncollins34 Thank you for raising your hand. Your courage proves why every American deserves our respect, no matter who they love.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) April 29, 2013
Collins has seen a lot of support from the NBA and his former players, as well as several other celebrities, but that doesn’t mean that Collins won’t face any challenges. The NBA veteran wrote on Twitter that he hopes that he can handle the challenges that he might face in the future.
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.
— jarron collins (@jarronctwin) April 29, 2013
It looks like the NBA has his back.