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NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out as Gay Man

NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out as Gay Man

NBA player Jason Collins has come out as a gay man and has become the first athlete on a major American sports team to be open with his sexuality.

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” Jason, who has played for the Wizards, Celtics, and Hawks in recent years, wrote in a feature for Sports Illustrated.

“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,” Jason added. “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.”

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  • nina

    Whoop de doo? who cares if someone is gay or not?

  • oh wow

    Good for him !

  • Kee

    I congralulate him on being so brave in coming out like this. :) if he gets kicked out because of this, i’m gonna be so mad!

  • Sunja

    Good for him.

  • TC

    Wow, this is groundbreaking for an athlete to come out while still playing professionally. It will be interesting to see how he’s treated by his fellow teammates and others in his business. Athletes aren’t generally known for being supportive of this kind of thing. That’s why no one has dared to come out until now. Kudos to you Jason. Best of luck to you.

  • realcony

    What Will happen in dressingroom? All black :::))))

  • kami

    i still don’t get why so many ppl hide being gay. in this day and age it’s no big deal, especially if you’re famous.

  • mmmmmmmm

    Welcome to 2013, no one truly cares.

    Go about your day job and enjoy your life.

    Not sure why, in this day and age people seem shocked or surprised that someone is gay, its 2013. It doesn’t change the person inside whether straight or gay.

    Good for him, if he wanted people to know but seriously, shouldn’t be an issue.

  • meh

    some of you are saying that it is no big deal, but it really is for PR reasons. Sponsorships, endorsements, etc… so this is pretty groundbreaking. Good for him.

  • sillyme

    Why do we need to care whos is gay or straight? People like this I think just want attention. Jodie Foster handled it the right way. She just lived her life.

  • selfish

    go back in the closet. no one cares. get some morals, our world is suffering because no one cares/has morals anymore. Our world has never been worse off, because of it.

  • tinamarie

    @selfish: You’re an idiot. Truely you are. Like gay people can’t have morals because they are gay. Like straight people have such high morals. Seriously just don’t respond. Idiots I swear.

  • starsh

    To each and every one of you saying “why such a big deal coming out?” – just look at some of the comments on here: that’s American society for you. Gays are “immoral”; “molested”, there will be “locker room” jabs etc. Sooner or later unChristian will pop up. That’s what gay people are up against. It’s not a “no big deal” thing at all!

  • carrie

    congrats! be proud !
    because in the sport world,the gays are often in the closet

  • alex

    that was a brave move from him.

  • Magnolia Fun

    Sodomia!!!! burne in hell

  • James

    Good for him, but I don’t believe the whole “I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport” bit.

    I can’t help but think this is Jason Collins’ way of securing some more finances now that his career is pretty much done. Since becoming a free agent, he would have been lucky to get a guaranteed contract especially since he’s a 35 year old NBA journeyman.

    Since coming out, signing a new NBA contact is not that important anymore as he will likely get himself a decent career away from playing pro ball with his newly acquired popularity (which is something he never had before since he was always a role player in the league).

    Smart move financially though. He’ll probably end up in broadcasting once he’s made several interviews and written a book or two.

  • mike

    No one gives a damn about who he sucks off in bed! These gay people make me sick to the core. They act like their “people” were enslaved, tortured, murdered, and suffered from genocide by the millions like the Jews, other victims of WWII, African-Americans, and Native Americans! No one cares about two men jerking off. Can you imagine “coming out” as a Black person after the Civil War if you looked white? HAahahahah Or coming out as a Jew during the Holocaust? LMAO. These people make me sick and this is why I don’t want to have any friendship or relationship with gay people. Always putting their sex life in your face. What the fcuk do you want from us? You are gay…so what. I am straight. Do you want me to denounce my religious beliefs? HELL NO! I want to go to heaven and you are not important enough for me to go to hell hahahahahahhaha. Boy, maybe I should come out of the closet as a staright person! I should make a skit and put it on YouTube. Show people protesting straight rights and coming out the closet. Maybe coming out the closet as sluts or virgins. We’ll have Kardashian come out the closet that she’s pregnant LOL. GET A LIFE!

  • liva

    congrats.

  • The Truth!

    @mike:

    I agree with your whole statement!

  • jane

    @The Truth!: @mike: This isn’t about sex yet that is all so-called spiritual and religious people focus on. You two are not evolved and show such a lack of compassion that you’ll never progress anything but a negative, hateful energy. I’m thankful you’re in the minority.

  • Progressive Liberal

    Mike, your ignorance radiates from your post almost as blindingly as does your self-righteousness. The fact that you view Jason Collins’ coming out (or any person, for that matter) as a mere announcement of who he is “sucking off in bed” is absurd. YOU make me sick, as do the rest of the members of your bible-banging, self-gratifying, vulgar, and uneducated crowd. Go grab some tolerance and a grammar lesson while you’re at it.

  • CRM619

    @mike… Wow, what a sorry excuse for a human being you are! Crawl back under your rock!

  • you

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!

    good.for.you.

    MORE WILL FOLLOW.

    in basketball, foot-ball,soccer, hockey…..

  • xax

    @selfish: lol idiot. you say no one cares and about 10 words after you say the world suffers because people don’t care about things.

  • yikes

    but a hole smell!!!

  • hmmm

    I find Gay supporters on this site and others to be the biggest hypocrites sometimes. They support the LGBT community but yet are the FIRST to call the beautiful celebrity women on these sites “fugly trannies” “ugly man face” 24/7. Not really progressive in the LBGT movement afterall….I think if you’re gonna support gays you should also NOT support name calling with a negative gay connotation.

  • remember da truth

    You notice the people who are objecting to his announcement are angry, vicious, uncaring or compassionate people. And then they will try to hide behind being “Christian” (they are NOTHING like what Jesus would want to have as examples of his love and teaching) to justify their hatred and ignorance and mean-spiritedness toward others.
    The Ku Klux Klan also used Christianity as a basis for their evil beliefs, and pointed to skewed passages in the Bible written by bigoted, misogynistic, violent ignoramuses. Funny how these people who hate gays can pull out just the Bible passages they want to, but forget all about “judge not lest ye be judged” and all the other crazy passages in Leviticus that we know now aren’t the way civilized people should behave, let alone how Jesus wanted us to behave.

  • remember da truth

    #21 and #22 — you crack me up!!
    Yes, the haters are SEX-OBSESSED!! That’s the real reason they hate gays. They are fascinated by their sex lives and can’t stop thinking about it, but pretend to be repulsed.
    In actual fact, most people don’t really want to think about their hetero neighbors getting off together, or can imagine what a lot of couples are attracted to about each other. But man, these anti-gay folks sure obsess over what kind of sex the gays are having, and how much, and what specific acts they are doing, picturing it, talking about it, replaying it in their sick minds….. Really, guys, just relax. There is no sex act that gays do that straights don’t also do. Lighten up and find someone who fits you sexually rather than being so ANGRY that gay folks are having the kind of sex life you wish you had!!!!

  • Whatever

    Where was he coming out 10 years ago? He was collecting NBA checks, that’s where. Now that he has the money, he doesn’t care.

  • LKL

    Hate hypocrisy, think for yourself, most people are not agree with homosexuality. Homosexuality was a mental disease until 1973 unfortunately… Homosexuality is a rare perversion that we shouldn’t care more!

  • GAIL

    DISGUSTING!

  • Ashley

    Amazing, great to hear. Jason Collins uses Romantic Toys from AthenaToysDotcom to please all the Women.

  • Brooke

    Sigh… just when you think things in the world are getting better, you see this on the news smh

  • JuJu

    I guess watching “Necessary Roughness” on TV, along with one of the more recent episodes from Southland on TNT, gave him the courage to do so. What I don’t get is all the hype over it. Celebrities and athletes have been coming out for years, so why is this guy so special? Anderson Cooper Jodie Foster, Ellen DeGeneres, Clay Aiken, Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory), Sheryl Swoopes, an WNBA star and three-time Olympic gold medalist, disclosed in 2005 that she was gay. So again I ask, what’s the big effin’ deal? Oh, he’s black. I guess that’s why the President felt it essential to take one more photo op to call and congratulate him, even though half of those I named above have come out since he took office. What a shame no one else counts.

  • face

    @mike:

    Very judgmental you are. Why? Do you think you are so perfect? Always bare in your mind that no one is perfect in this world but God alone. So, don’t judge people if he is gay because he is also human being like you. Do you really think that you will be going to heaven if you die now or later? How sure are you. As what Jesus said: ”“He among you who is without sin, let him first cast a stone upon her.” (John 8:7). Then take note, that being gay is not a sin. It is the one who is judgmental who is become the sinner.

  • face

    @remember da truth:

    very well said

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