Jason Collins Comes Out, Twitter Reacts

NBA center Jason Collins just became the first openly gay man currently playing a major team sport. Here's what the Twitterverse had to say about it.


  UPDATED: April 29 2013 4:26 PM ET

Since Sports Illustrated published its powerful op-ed this morning from NBA free agent Jason Collins proclaiming that the former Washington Wizards center is a proud gay man, Collins's name has been trending in Twitter's top five. The vast majority of the responses have been supportive, including those from a former president, the White House press secretary, filmmakers, and celebrities. But a few homophobes just couldn't let Collins come out without tossing in their own two cents in the form of 140 characters. Find a collection of some of the best reactions below, and click through to the next page to read what the haters have to say.

Speaking to the White House press corps, press secretary Jay Carney called Collins "courageous" and said the 34-year-old NBA veteran has the White House's support, according to the Associated Press. "We view that as another example of the progress that has been made and the evolution that has been taking place in this country," said Carney. 

Fellow NBA star Kobe Bryant:

President Bill Clinton:

NBA commissioner David Stern posted a four-tweet statement supporting Collins:

The Washington Wizards, for whom Collins played center last season, also support their former teammate:

Chelsea Clinton, who first befriended Collins when they attended Stanford University together:

New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd applauded his former teammate:

Kenneth Faried, who plays for the Denver Nuggets and recently announced he has two moms, also offered encouragement:

Out tennis star Marina Navratilova couldn't keep her excitement to a single tweet:

LGBT Ally and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe:

Music and fashion mogul Russell Simmons:

LGBT ally Brendon Ayanbadejo, an NFL free agent who played for the World Champion Baltimore Ravens last season:

Out actor and father Neil Patrick Harris:

Bravo, @jasoncollins34! Thanks for stepping up. For standing tall. And at 7 feet, that's saying a lot.

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