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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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39 Responses to “NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out as Gay Man”

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  1. 1
    nina Says:

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

  2. 2
    oh wow Says:

    Good for him !

  3. 3
    Kee Says:

    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!

  4. 4
    Sunja Says:

    Good for him.

  5. 5
    TC Says:

    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.

  6. 6
    realcony Says:

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

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    kami Says:

    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.

  8. 8
    mmmmmmmm Says:

    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.

  9. 9
    meh Says:

    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.

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    sillyme Says:

    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.

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    selfish Says:

    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.

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    tinamarie Says:

    @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.

  13. 13
    starsh Says:

    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!

  14. 14
    carrie Says:

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

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    alex Says:

    that was a brave move from him.

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    Magnolia Fun Says:

    Sodomia!!!! burne in hell

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    James Says:

    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.

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    mike Says:

    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 ***** or virgins. We’ll have Kardashian come out the closet that she’s pregnant LOL. GET A LIFE!

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    liva Says:

    congrats.

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    The Truth! Says:

    @mike:

    I agree with your whole statement!

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    jane Says:

    @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.

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    Progressive Liberal Says:

    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.

  23. 23
    CRM619 Says:

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

  24. 24
    you Says:

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!

    good.for.you.

    MORE WILL FOLLOW.

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

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    xax Says:

    @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.

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