Twitter Reacts (Shows Support): Jason Collins Reveals His Sexuality As A Gay Man

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”

In a piece written for Sports Illustrated by the man himself, Jason Collins, a free-agent center who played for the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards this past season, has become the first active NBA player to openly reveal his sexuality as a gay man.

“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,” Collins wrote. “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.” (

You can read the piece in its entirety by clicking here.

Collins played 32 games for the Boston Celtics this past season. He was dealt before the trade deadline along with Leandro Barbosa to the Washington Wizards in a move to acquire Jordan Crawford.

Over his 14-year NBA career, Jason has also suited up for the Atlanta Hawks, New Jersey Nets, Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves. He has career averages of 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds.

Since his reveal, the outpouring of love and support from the world of social media has been tremendous. There have been ignorant and naive comments here and there, but for the most part, fans, fellow athletes and members of the media have handled this news with the respect and care that it deserves.

This is a landmark moment in professional sports, and it should be treated as such.

It took a great deal of courage for Jason Collins to come out to the world.

Jason Collins is a hero.

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