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    Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sports

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    Jason Collins is a free agent. He’s a skilled center that can provide stout defense off of the bench, and he’s a veteran presence. He’s also just become the first openly gay athlete in professional North American team sports.
    Now, after a game-changing interview with Sports Illustrated, Jason Collins has made a sports-altering impact. The free agent center, who played with both Boston and Washington in 2012-13, has announced he is gay. And the calmness and confidence in his revelation befits a man who was always just fine with playing a style of game that left him unnoticed by all but those who were paying close attention.
    Why NBA center Jason Collins is coming out now
    NBA player Jason Collins says he is gay - The Magazine - SI.com


    No one wants to live in fear. I've always been scared of saying the wrong thing. I don't sleep well. I never have. But each time I tell another person, I feel stronger and sleep a little more soundly. It takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret. I've endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie. I was certain that my world would fall apart if anyone knew. And yet when I acknowledged my sexuality I felt whole for the first time. I still had the same sense of humor, I still had the same mannerisms and my friends still had my back.
    awesome! Many people arent so lucky

    Kobe Bryant, Bill Clinton, David Stern and others support Jason Collins
    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/kobe-bryant-bill-clinton-david-stern-others-support-163319934.html
    On Monday morning, longtime NBA center Jason Collins announced to the world that he is gay, the first active professional athlete in any of the four major sports to do so. For years, even decades, one major concern about an athlete coming out has been the possible reaction from his peers. Judging from the stature of Collins' supporters, he made the right decision in coming out.


    KOBE BRYANT TWEET - Proud of @jasoncollins34. DOn't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support
    STEVE NASH TWEET - The time has come. Maximum respect.
    MICHEAL STRAHAN TWEET - So proud of @jasoncollins34 for having the courage to stand up and out for who he is. I support, respect and salute you!!
    NBA Commissioner David Stern:

    “As Adam Silver and I said to Jason, we have known the Collins family since Jason and Jarron joined the NBA in 2001 and they have been exemplary members of the NBA family," Stern said in a statement. "Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue.”
    President Bill Clinton:

    I have known Jason Collins since he was Chelsea's classmate and friend at Stanford. Jason's announcement today is an important moment for professional sports and in the history of the LGBT community. It is also the straightforward statement of a good man who wants no more than what so many of us seek: to be able to be who we are; to do our work; to build families and to contribute to our communities. For so many members of the LGBT community, these simple goals remain elusive. I hope that everyone, particularly Jason's colleagues in the NBA, the media and his many fans extend to him their support and the respect he has earned.
    Very brave, VERY BRAVE

    glad to see he has some support too!
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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    It will be nice when the rush of gay people in sports comes out. Really, most sports boil down to the completely gay male concept of trying to play grabby with your opponents balls anyway. Still, it should lead to a number of other players coming out as long as he doesn't get tebowed. There will be a backlash that will help illustrate the bigotry and hate in america more and more and show how sad and pathetic hating gays really is.

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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    Well there goes his career.. But seriously, who cares?


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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    Quote Originally Posted by tererun View Post
    1.)It will be nice when the rush of gay people in sports comes out.
    2.) Really, most sports boil down to the completely gay male concept of trying to play grabby with your opponents balls anyway.
    3.)Still, it should lead to a number of other players coming out as long as he doesn't get tebowed.
    4.)There will be a backlash that will help illustrate the bigotry and hate in america more and more and show how sad and pathetic hating gays really is.
    1.) I agree, it sad that so many people have to live a lie or their lives in fear based on bigotry
    2.) funny?
    3.) it would e awesome if it just started a huge domino effect because im just making stuff up but say there were 20 more players in each major league NFL, NBA, MBL and NHL it would make judgement much harder
    4.) i agree to a point but some people simply dont care about their bigotry
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    Well there goes his career.. But seriously, who cares?


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    He never had one to begin with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    Well there goes his career.. But seriously, who cares?


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    his teammates, his bosses, his friends, his family, president of his league, former president Clinton and i would say everybody that supports equality and wishes people didnt have to live in fear of bigotry.
    thats just off the top of my head
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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    He never had one to begin with.
    although i love testing, designing, building products that support our troops and protect our country Id switch my career with his any day of the week. I would just donate military what id made in a month or two to pay back for my lose lol.
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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    Quote Originally Posted by AGENT J View Post
    his teammates, his bosses, his friends, his family, president of his league, former president Clinton and i would say everybody that supports equality and wishes people didnt have to live in fear of bigotry.
    thats just off the top of my head
    Why is it bigotry? What is it about finding two men engaged in a lip lock disgusting, is bigoted? The thought of two men having anal sex causing other men to wince at that thought is now bigoted? Really? I know the narrative is to paint everyone a bigot that doesn't openly show love for the queer men, but lets be honest here, even people who seem indifferent on the subject wince at that visual. I would think that those that do not, are the weird one's, not the reverse.


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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    Not sure about the altering the landscape of sports.
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    Re: Jason Collins (NBA Center) announces that he is gay, altering the landscape of sp

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    He never had one to begin with.
    In the 2002–03 NBA season Collins took over the starting center role for the Nets and helped the franchise back to the NBA Finals. Prior to the 2004–05 season, he signed a $25 million contract extension with New Jersey for five more years.

    Some "no" career.
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